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Staff Scientist or Science Consultant

Portland, OR; Washington, DC; or San Francisco, CA
January 19, 2021

Center for Food Safety is currently looking for a full or part-time Staff Scientist. This position is located in Portland, OR, Washington, DC, or San Francisco, CA, with other locations considered. Consultant positions will also be considered.

About Center for Food Safety (CFS): CFS is a national nonprofit organization that empowers people, supports farmers, and protects the earth from the adverse impacts of industrial farming and food production, and promotes organic and sustainable food systems. CFS uses legal actions, policy initiatives, scientific and policy reports, and corporate and grassroots campaigns to reduce the impacts of industrial agriculture on the environment and human health. CFS works on an integrated suite of issue areas, including genetically modified organisms, pesticides, organic foods, climate change, factory farming, pollinators, food labeling, food safety, and more. 

Position Overview: This position will require a dynamic, dedicated individual with a strong scientific background and expertise in conservation biology, applied ecology, ecotoxicology, entomology and/or (a) related field(s). The position also requires excellent research and writing skills, willingness to learn about new subjects, a strong desire to be a "voice for the voiceless," and an excellent work ethic. Advocacy experience in campaign or organizing work is a plus. The Scientist will help CFS address the harmful production practices of industrial agriculture and support sustainable alternatives. Emphasis areas include reducing use of toxic pesticides, pollinator protection, and climate-friendly farming practices.

Main Responsibilities:

— Draft scientific comments on proposed government agency decisions related to industrial agriculture, with the goal of protecting public health and the environment, including imperiled species and pollinators.
— Research and draft scientific reports and fact sheets for policymakers and the general public to highlight threats posed by industrial agriculture to human health and the environment.
— Provide scientific support for programmatic staff, including CFS attorneys in litigation.
— Engage with media outlets to raise awareness and drive the national discussion about key environmental health issues.
— Build relationships with key scientists outside CFS.

Essential Qualifications and Skills:

— Completion of a Master's degree and/or a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific field such as conservation biology, applied ecology, ecotoxicology, or entomology. Candidates with exceptional related experience or Master's degrees in other relevant fields will be considered.
— Strong interest in issues at the intersection of agriculture and the environment, such as ecotoxicity of pesticides, pollinators, water pollution, soil health, and genetically engineered organisms.
— Ability and willingness to tackle new subject areas outside your particular area(s) of expertise.
— Excellent research, analytical, and writing skills.
— Excellent communication skills, including public-speaking skills.
— The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, project, and audience.
— The ability to translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
— A strong work ethic and good time-management skills.
— The characteristics of a dynamic and confident self-starter who can work effectively both independently and within a team.
— Experience and/or interest in working with the media.
— The ability to juggle multiple projects on both long- and short-term timelines.
— A passion for CFS's work and mission, including a demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.

Application Process: Email resume and cover letter with the title "Scientist" to jobs@centerforfoodsafety.org explaining your experience and/or interest in food and agriculture and environmental issues. The position will remain open until filled. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Writing samples are to be submitted at that time.

Benefits Package: CFS offers an excellent benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, LTD and life insurance, and a 401k program.

Center for Food Safety deeply values—and is committed to sustaining and promoting—both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace, and respect diversity of people, identities, and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. CFS is an equal opportunity employer.