Working at NRDC
NRDC attracts exceptionally talented people, both those at the top of their field and those who are starting out and show tremendous promise. People here are knowledgeable, dedicated, tenacious, and principled. Most of all, they are deeply committed to protecting the environment, from the senior attorney who wins a ground-breaking lawsuit protecting whales to the program assistant who starts an eco-committee to enhance recycling practices in the office.
Bringing together extraordinary people to realize a common mission creates a vibrant, dynamic workplace. Our offices bustle with team meetings, strategy sessions, and thoughtful deliberation. There is an entrepreneurial spirit running through the halls. People have autonomy to pursue victories, but they also have the support of a national organization behind them. And they have the backing of their colleagues, who proudly cheer them on.
Perhaps the best testament to NRDC's workplace culture is the tenure of our staff. Almost 50 people have been with the organization for more than 15 years—12 of them have been here almost from the start in 1970. When people join our dedicated, supportive team, they want to stay.
Location, Location, Location!
What's it like to work at NRDC's offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Beijing?
NRDC's headquarters is home to the president's and founding director's offices as well as a large portion of our administration, including Finance, Human Resources and IT. Communications, Development and Membership are also concentrated here. Programs include Air & Energy, Oceans, Environmental Justice and New York Urban.
Close to government agencies and Capitol Hill, this office has a large number of litigators and policy experts working to secure environmental regulations at federal and international levels. Our legislative work, Advocacy Center and Climate Center are based here. Program-specific projects include public health, air, energy, nuclear, clean water, and international issues.
The staff in the Northern Rockies office in Bozeman, Montana, work on land, wildlife, and energy issues in the West. Surrounded by rugged mountains and wild rivers, they are constantly reminded of the importance of their work to keep the Northern Rockies wild.
Housed in our showcase LEED Platinum building in Santa Monica, the L.A. office’s team of legal and policy experts focus on water, air, coastal issues, environmental justice, urban sustainability, wildlife, and open space conservation issues.
Scientists, litigators, and policy experts here focus on public lands, water, oceans, global warming, energy, and public health issues. This office also houses the western branch of Development and Administration.
Opened in 2006, Chicago is home to NRDC's fast growing Midwest office. Working in the Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River states, this team is heavily involved in clean energy and clean water issues at the local, state, and regional level, where key policies and concrete investments are being made daily.
Our international team of legal and policy experts work with the government, the legal community, and Chinese NGOs and to help promote clean energy, energy efficiency, and to build a strong environmental legal system in China. We also work with Chinese partners on issues of environment and health, and market transformation.
NRDC offers employees an affordable, quality health care plan that provides the flexibility to choose your physician. The plan provides insurance for costs including hospitalization, office visits to your physician for the treatment of an illness or injury, routine wellness exams, prescription drugs, and mental health care.
NRDC's dental plan helps pay for a variety of services and emphasizes the value of routine, preventative care.
NRDC's health plan provides reimbursement for vision care, including the cost of one exam every year when visiting an in-network provider and a portion of eyeglass or contact lens costs.
NRDC provides life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment coverage to all employees free of charge. The benefit for each is three times annual base salary. This coverage is provided through Met Life.
Short-Term Disability Insurance
NRDC offers short- and long-term disability coverage to its employees which helps replace salary in the event you are disabled and cannot work.
The 403(b) plan is a tax-deferred annuity that allows employees to save for retirement on a tax-advantaged basis. Under this plan, NRDC will contribute a percentage of your salary each year, after one year of service, to your account at Fidelity Investments. The Graduated Service Schedule is as follows:
Years of Service: Percentage
1–5 years: 7%
6+ years: 9%
Flexible Spending Accounts
NRDC's flexible spending accounts allow employees to deduct money from their paychecks to pay for eligible expenses with pre-tax dollars. The plan lets employees lower their taxable salary and pay for expenses with dollars not reduced by taxes. Depending on the tax bracket, employees can save 30 percent or more on eligible expenses including health care, dependent care and work-related transportation.
NRDC helps train the next generation of environmental advocates. NRDC hires students who possess the intelligence, skill, self-confidence, and maturity to take on enormous responsibility.
Our interns play an active role on the front lines of the environmental movement. Over the course of an internship, NRDC interns work with lawyers, scientists, or policy analysts in different program areas and amass experience that they could not have obtained anywhere else.
NRDC's summer legal internships are available to students enrolled in law school. Interns write briefs, draft complaints, prepare legal analyses, obtain affidavits, investigate corporate and government malfeasance, and draft white papers and comments for submission to congressional committees and administrative agencies.
NRDC also offers non-legal internships within our program areas as well as in Administration, Communications, and Development.
The deadlines for these internships vary, so please review specific internship opportunities online for details.