Oil Change International

Exposing the true costs of fossil fuels

Jobs at Oil Change International

Oil Change International is currently hiring for the following position:

Position: Researcher
Location: Washington, DC
Reports to: Managing Director
Time commitment: Full-time position, 40 hours a week
Target start date: September 2015

About Oil Change International

Oil Change International is a non-profit organization that campaigns to expose the true costs of fossil fuels and facilitate the coming transition towards clean energy. We’re a small, gutsy group that wages hard-hitting campaigns, grounded in solid and credible research, to push the energy industry towards an environmentally and socially sustainable future. We work together with a broad network of allies, in the United States and globally, that are committed to identifying and overcoming political barriers to a clean energy transition and shifting the balance of power in the energy industry.

Oil Change’s work is based on well-researched analysis of the fossil fuel industry and government policies relating to fossil fuels and clean energy. Domestically, we are focused on exposing and ending the cycle of dirty energy money lining the halls of our government from the fossil fuel industry and going back out again in the form of fossil fuel subsidies. Complementary to these efforts, Oil Change also conducts corporate and policy research on the fossil fuel industry, providing hard-hitting information and campaign materials to the broader community. Internationally, we work to expose and end the massive public support going towards the fossil fuel industry in the form of finance and subsidies.

Founded in 2005, Oil Change International now has more than 100,000 supporters, a creative, passionate and dedicated staff of ten, and an increasingly broad reach domestically and internationally. Known both for our credible, insightful analysis of the fossil fuel industry and our aggressive nonviolent campaign tactics, Oil Change is a talented group that continues to punch above its weight. If you think you have what it takes to take on the world’s most powerful industry and win, read on.

About the Position

Oil Change International is seeking a professional, detail-oriented Researcher with a passion for energy issues. Working closely with our international and domestic campaigns and our research team, the Researcher will collect and analyze data on international and domestic issues related to the fossil fuel industry. The Researcher will help maintain multiple online databases, including collecting information on fossil fuel subsidies and international finance, campaign finance information on the oil, gas and coal industries, and undertaking additional industry research. The Researcher will also undertake original analysis of fossil fuel industry vulnerabilities and energy policy to support campaign objectives. The Researcher will summarize data and develop analyses and reports in support of Oil Change International’s campaign work.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Work with the Managing Director, Research Director, and other staff to undertake campaigns-related research and manage the organization’s online databases;
  • Collect and analyze national level subsidies data – this work includes tracking of funding and other forms of support from national governments to the fossil fuel industry;
  • Collect and analyze international project finance and subsidies data – this work includes detailed tracking of subsidies in different countries, energy finance from the multi-lateral development banks such as the World Bank Group and energy funding from Export Credit Agencies;
  • Work with Campaigns Director and Research Director to identify original research topics to support ongoing efforts to expose problematic energy policies in the United States;
  • Maintain and update our Dirty Energy Money database of fossil fuel industry-related companies and campaign contributions involved in the United States;
  • Conduct industry research and analysis online and via paid research tools as needed;
  • Analyze data and produce written materials to showcase the above information.


  • Masters degree or equivalent experience in energy, environmental studies, public policy, or related field;
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in environment, energy, climate, international finance, or policy-related research;
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
  • Experience with database management;
  • Excellent attention to detail;
  • Strong computer and internet research skills;
  • Significant expertise in Microsoft Excel;
  • Interest in tracking and analyzing numbers;
  • Passion for environment and energy-related topics;
  • Statistics experience a plus. 

Salary: Commensurate with experience, plus generous health, dental, vision and retirement packages.

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume and short writing sample to jobs@priceofoil.org with the subject heading “Researcher.”

No snail mail applications or phone calls, please. Due to capacity constraints, we will only be able to reply to short-listed candidates.