Research Associate (Summer)

Washington D.C.
Compensation is $15 -$25 /hour depending on experience (no benefits are offered)
May 19, 2017
Jun 23, 2017
Analyst, Research
Part Time


The Community Acton Partnership seeks a Summer Research Associate to work on our project that develops and disseminates resources that local Community Action Agencies and their partners can use to build public-private residential energy efficiency partnerships for low-income families and communities.


The Project seeks a full-time associate from the present until mid-to-late August for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Analyzing reports about and evaluations of residential energy services initiatives
  • Interviewing experts in organizations with successful leveraging partnerships
  • Reviewing and tracking utility and other residential efficiency programs
  • Contributing to project reports, newsletters, web-based products and other administrative tasks
  • Developing on-line presentations and enhancing the project’s web-based resources


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, but we invite less-than perfect applicants to apply, too.

Education: At least a Bachelor’s degree, preferably Graduate-level work in Public Policy, Non-Profit Management, Environmental Studies or related disciplines.

Passion: A deep interest in economic justice; a commitment to ensuring all people and communities have the energy services and decent housing  they need and  access to receive  the highest quality  services and technology.  This would be demonstrated by past studies, research, volunteer experiences and work history.

Work Experience: Two years or the equivalent in volunteer and/or short term positions. [Experience with any of the following is especially desirable]

  • Community-based organizations
  • Projects related to environmental justice, energy efficiency, clean energy and/or sustainable housing and community development
  • Research organizations focused on environmental economics, technology, utilities or housing

Preferred Skills [as demonstrated in academic work or on a recent job]:

  • Research, data analysis using tools including large spreadsheets, data bases and social science statistics
  • Demonstrated ability to talk to/interview a variety of individuals and professionals
  • Working knowledge of energy efficiency initiatives and terminology
  • Experience using government and other records to locate program and budgetary information
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software suite and general web-based skills
  • Demonstrated high productivity and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a small, busy team


To formally apply for the position please email the following packet of materials to with the following:

  • Cover letter explaining how your experience has provided you the needed skills
  • Current resume
  • Writing sample, 2-3 pages in length
  • Any other materials you believe demonstrate the competencies we have listed (brief, please!)
  • Unofficial transcript, if you have been a student in the past two years (can be provided upon interview)

Please do NOT call.  Our small staff is unable to answer phone inquiries. Interested students should send a cover letter and, if applicable, resume to If you do not hear from us within two weeks of applying, it wasn’t a good fit.


  • Compensation is $15 -$25 /hour depending on experience (no benefits are offered)
  • This is a temporary/seasonal job and requires a commitment of at least 30 hours per week
  • We can adjust exact weekly schedules to accommodate other commitments.
  • You can learn about our organization at and  about our  Department of Energy-funded Weatherization Partnerships Project at our partner’s website:  


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions:

  • The noise level in the regular work environment is usually moderate.
  • The ability to travel for activities such as meetings, classes, and workshops in and out of the area.
  • Must be able to travel by air to attend training, conferences, project sites, and related activities.
  • Regular overnight, out of state travel is required approximately 10% of the time.

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