Environmental Scientist, Environmental Engineer, or Geoscientist


PSE Healthy Energy is a non-profit energy science and policy research institute dedicated to supplying evidence-based scientific information and resources on the environmental, public health, social equity, and climate dimensions of energy production and use. Our work focuses on oil and gas, power plants, renewable energy, energy storage, and energy transitions. Much of our positive, dedicated, and high-functioning team is based out of our headquarters in Oakland, CA with staff also located across the United States.

PSE’s mission is to bring scientific transparency and clarity to energy policy discussions, helping to level the playing field between communities, the media, policymakers, and the private sector by generating, translating, and disseminating scientific information. No other interdisciplinary collaboration of physicians, scientists, and engineers exists to focus specifically on issues of health and sustainability at the intersection of energy science and policy.


PSE Healthy Energy is looking for an environmental scientist, engineer, or geologist with a strong background in hydrogeology, geochemistry or surface water hydrology.  The candidate would assist in the evaluation of impacts to natural resources (e.g., groundwater, surface water) and assessment of risk to public health, with an emphasis on water pathways associated with oil and gas development. The candidate would have the capability to provide written critiques of state and federal regulations and rapidly access information from state and federal databases relevant to oil and gas production. The candidate would have the capability to synthesize and interpret primary (collected by PSE members) or secondary (extracted from databases or other sources) data to evaluate impact to groundwater or surface water resources. Evaluations could entail hydrogeologic and/or geochemical modeling of gases (especially methane), major ions, metals, organic compounds, and radionuclides (e.g., radium, uranium). Work on radionuclides could include technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive materials (TENORM). At times, the candidate will be required to work in the field to collect primary data (e.g., gas, air or water sampling). While the emphasis of this position would be on studies involving impact to groundwater and surface water (including sediment) from oil and gas development, the ideal candidate would also have the capability to evaluate emissions from above ground sources of methane and other air pollutants related to oil and natural gas development. Hence, the ideal candidate would bring a diverse skill set to this position and have the ability to work on a variety of regulatory and technical issues.


  • Research: utilize strong investigatory, analytical and writing skills to conduct data analysis, synthesize and aggregate relevant papers or research, edit documents and reports, visualize data, and both support and lead specific PSE research initiatives. Geohydrological systems modeling, statistical analysis, and other associated technical skills are strongly desired.
  • Education and outreach: write clear scientific explanations through media and blog posts; communicate scientific concepts directly to citizens, decisionmakers, NGOs and the media; and produce summaries of findings and rapid response analyses for the public and decisionmakers.


In addition to an ability to meet the above responsibilities, the position will require the applicant to possess most of the following, with some capabilities in the rest and an enthusiasm for learning:

  • A PhD or master’s degree with work experience in environmental science, engineering, geology, geochemistry, or related field
  • Experience working with, cleaning, managing, analyzing, interpreting and visualizing large datasets. Candidates should also have a working knowledge of best practices in data management in collaborative environments (e.g., clearly documented data sources, including descriptive metadata)
  • Willingness to travel to the field to conduct environmental sampling
  • Strong writing skills including the demonstrated ability to publish research in peer-reviewed journals
  • A proven record of being able to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Scientific and moral integrity
  • A sense of humor


  • Ability to work at the science-policy interface
  • Familiarity with hydrogeological and geochemical software packages (e.g., PHREEQ, Geochemist Workbench)
  • Familiarity with subsurface visualization programs (e.g., geologic cross-sections)


Oakland, CA. Remote locations will also be considered.


Salary and compensation is competitive and commensurate with education, experience and geographic location. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, 15 days of vacation, paid sick leave and 11+ paid holidays.


Please submit a resume or CV and provide cover letter OR responses to application portal questionnaire online here by August 20, 2021. Applications received by August 2, 2021 will be given priority review.


PSE Healthy Energy is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity and expression, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.