Temporary Full-Time Research Associate, Climate Disinformation

Research Associate, Climate Disinformation | Climate Nexus | image of a computer on a desk showing code on the screen with plants and a window in the background

About Climate Nexus

Climate Nexus is a nonprofit strategic communications group dedicated to changing the conversation on climate change and clean energy solutions in the United States. Climate Nexus is seeking a research associate for our Science Defense and Disinformation work. This will be a 1-year Temporary Full-Time appointment with benefits, with multi-year continuation contingent on funding. 

Our Science Defense team leads on rapid response and opposition research, monitoring and debunking climate disinformation through rebuttals, media outreach, and partner messaging. 

Climate Nexus was created to be the behind-the-scenes connector to ensure coherent, effective climate communications and to elevate the work of a broad network of partners, including youth groups, environmental justice allies, cities and state leaders, and more. Climate Nexus provides pro bono support to organizations that work on climate change and clean energy and believes the “story” of climate change is the foundation on which meaningful action is built. Our job is to tell that story to as many people as possible.  

Climate Nexus is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Why apply:

We’re looking for someone who can monitor digital and mainstream media for climate denial and greenwashing, and help turn toxic disinformation into helpful intel for the climate community and pitches for interested media. The fossil fuel industry spends millions on harmful propaganda spread through public relations professionals and politicians, in this position you will help track their narratives, expose funding connections and undermine their power. 

If you have a strong stomach for lies, but little patience for liars, this may be a good fit for you. 


Climate Nexus, in partnership with the Anti-Climate Disinformation Coalition, is seeking a smart and creative research associate to help us stop the spread of climate change disinformation. We have created this position to assist with the research and monitoring of climate disinformation, joining a small team to produce daily disinformation debunkings, weekly or bi-weekly reports on emerging trends or issues, and monthly and other long-term reports on big issues. 

The ideal candidate for this position has strong research and writing skills, ideally able to either conduct original investigative research or visualize and otherwise popularize it. For example, familiarity with analyzing digital disinformation graphics to determine authenticity or origin would be useful for report drafting, but so would the ability to create original digital graphics to serve as illustrations for such an analysis of disinformation.  


  • Monitoring mainstream and digital media for climate disinformation
  • Flagging problematic content for impacted stakeholders targeted by or working on the specific issues identified
  • Assist with the analysis of disinformation by identifying real science and scientists who can fact-check or answer questions
  • Conduct research into historical providence of false narratives, who funded their creation and who is responsible for its spread, how the narrative changed over time, etc.
  • Help produce original content summarizing studies and reports on climate disinformation by tracking, researching, editing, and writing 
  • Draft and/or edit daily blog posts, and other content like message guidance and social media posts



  • Passionately committed to positive social change to address historic racial, gender, and other systemic injustices perpetuated in part through the spread of disinformation
  • Strong research, writing, and editing skills enabling quick proofreading, fact-checking and drafting capacity
  • Emotional resilience to withstand daily exposure to toxic narratives, hate speech, and other offensive content often published alongside climate disinformation
  • Desire to debunk disinformation that’s delaying climate action 
  • Active interest in engaging in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work within Climate Nexus


  • Basic training in climate science and/or relevant field(s) of statistics, math, physics, etc. 
  • Quantitative research, coding, or data visualization capabilities to provide additional analytical capacity for reporting on disinformation
  • Fluency in FOIA, PACER, IRS-990, and other political, legal, and financial disclosure mechanisms used by investigative journalists and opposition researchers


Flexible. Climate Nexus has teams in the Washington, D.C., and New York City areas, although our staff is currently fully remote. Occasional travel to our New York and/or D.C. offices may be required when it is safe. 

While we value work/life balance, due to the nature of news this role will sometimes require work outside traditional hours.


Approximately $60,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience. Climate Nexus offers a robust benefits package, including 4 weeks of paid vacation, additional personal leave, and unlimited sick time; standard health, dental, and vision packages; generous employer contributions to 401k retirement accounts; parental leave; and commuter transit benefit.


Interested applicants are invited to submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] with “Climate Disinformation Research Associate” in the subject. 

Applications are being accepted until September 12, 2022. Due to the anticipated volume of interest, we regret that we cannot respond to every applicant. 

Climate Nexus is a fiscally sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Inc., an equal opportunity employer.