Vacancy Transportation Behavior Design - Environmental Projects/Research Assistant

Ad type: volunteer opportunities
Company: Root Solutions
City: San Francisco, CA
Workplace street: San Francisco, CA
Category: Project or Research Study
Posted: 5 Apr 2020
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Job description

Projects & Research Assistant – Transportation Behavior Design

Root Solutions is seeking volunteers to join a team of visionaries, creators, and disruptors who want to re-shape the future of the environmental movement in North America and beyond. We believe that by applying the principles of behavioral science, conservationists can generate a quantum leap in environmental quality. We are currently looking for Project/Research Assistants to join our team. Although this is a volunteer position, you will be an active member of our team, and you are vital to the success of programs that will transform the environmental movement and the planet.

Overall Function

Under the supervision of the Project Managers & Executive Director, the Project/Research Assistants will play an active role in our transportation behavior design initiatives as well as other Root Solutions projects, including, but not limited to:

  • Searching, summarizing and synthesizing existing research and case studies on the role of behavior design in transportation
  • Preparing logistics and drafting questions for stakeholder interviews
  • Assisting in developing, conducting and evaluating surveys
  • Drafting materials and presentations for submission to clients
  • Performing administrative and organizational tasks as needs arise
  • Assisting with partnership and business development efforts
  • Developing content for our website and social media

  • Qualifications/skills and knowledge requirements 

  • Ideal candidate is a part-time student or post-grad seeking experience in the environmental field (We prefer volunteers that can commit at least 14 hours per week and can primarily complete their work during regular business hours, Monday - Friday)
  • Must have strong research and writing skills
  • Must be well-organized, self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Must be able to adapt and to prioritize
  • Must have the ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate initiative
  • Must have access to a personal laptop equipped with Microsoft Office Suite

  • Opportunities

    We work hard to pair our volunteers with projects that are interesting to them or important for their career growth.


    Root Solutions works to provide conservationists and policy makers with tools and resources informed by the proven methods of behavioral economics and behavior design, allowing them to create more effective campaigns, policies, and strategies that reflect how people are actually motivated and make decisions. By understanding human behavior, and the factors which influence the choices people make, conservationists will be able to “nudge” people toward decisions and behavior that are good for them and good for the planet.

    As a young non-profit with ambitious goals (including expanding our work to all cause movements), our existing funding is restricted to program activities. Root Solutions is primarily volunteer run.

    Location & Logistics 

    This position includes a mix of remote work and working in-person in the Bay Area (San Francisco, Sausalito, or the East Bay – TBD). This position is part time. We generally ask for a commitment of at least 14 hours per week for at least 10 weeks. We are happy to offer flexibility with your schedule, and are open to any variants of days that work best for you.


    This is a volunteer position

    Application Materials:

    Interested applicants should submit a brief cover letter and resume to:

    Emily Clark

    Project Manager


    Subject Heading: Projects & Research Assistant – Transportation Behavior Design

    Indicate whether you are able to work for class credit or note whether you will receive any work-study or grant money for this position. Also indicate the number of hours you will be able to commit per week and whether you will be available during normal working hours. 

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