Careers at RFF

Find out more about RFF's jobs, fellowships, internships, and more.

RFF is looking for its next President and CEO!

RFF’s President and CEO Richard G. Newell will be transitioning to a new role outside of RFF at some point within the next year. Russell Reynolds Associates, a leading executive search and leadership advisory firm, worked with stakeholders and leaders within RFF to identify the needs of the RFF community. The ideal CEO will be a leader with a sophisticated understanding of a range of environmental, energy, and climate policy issues within the academic, government, and private sectors; fundraising prowess; demonstrated operational skill and management savvy; and broad consensus-building ability. Click here to view the full job description.

Prospective candidates are invited to send their CV and a cover letter to [email protected]. Please send any questions about the position to this email address as well. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.



Resources for the Future provides the ideal setting for academics, researchers, and others passionate about improving environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement. View current openings.


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Internships offer students and recent graduates the opportunity to experience working in a world renowned center for environmental and energy research. View all current openings or find out more about our various internship offerings:

2024 Summer Research Internships

2024 Summer Editorial Internship

2024 Events Internship

Opportunities with Partner Organizations


Find out about career opportunities at institutions collaborating with RFF on research projects:

RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (Italy)

Environment for Development (multiple locations)

Why Work at RFF?


Excellence in Scholarship

We are committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy.


A Place to Thrive

RFF is a place for collaborating, learning, and growing. Career development opportunities include participation in regular in-house seminars and mentorship from some of the world's leading environmental and natural resource economists.


Generous Benefits

RFF offers health and life insurance, retirement programs, and pre-tax commuter assistance and daycare assistance. At our Washington DC offices, we provide free coffee, newspapers, and access to numerous online publications and journals.


Inspirational Surrounds

Our green roof, and accompanying deck with views of the Washington DC skyline, provide a fantastic setting for a lunches, group meetings, or to just unwind. Another great spot is our beautiful, leafy courtyard and Emery Castle Rose Garden, where our scholars can often be found during the spring and summer months.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

RFF is committed to being the most widely trusted source of research insights and policy solutions leading to a healthy environment and a thriving economy. Our position as a source of high-quality, innovative research and policy engagement relies on a skilled, diverse workforce and an inclusive, respectful environment. People are RFF’s greatest asset. We value the unique contributions of each member of RFF’s community, and we realize that success comes through teamwork where each individual contributes to our mission. We commit to fostering an environment that empowers everyone at RFF to thrive. We have a collective responsibility to serve the public good, and RFF’s unique mission guides us in making the positive change we need to see in the world. To learn more, click here.

FAQs about Research Life at RFF

Learn about RFF's research community, organizational structure, research agenda, and more.

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