The Breakthrough Institute is growing at a faster pace than we ever have in our 15-year history.

In the last two years, we have created two new programs, our Nuclear Innovation program and Energy and Development program, adding to our long-standing Energy & Climate and Food & Agriculture programs. We have initiated several major policy campaigns, including our efforts to double federal agricultural R&D and to get advanced nuclear reactors licensed in the United States.

We have also opened an office in Washington, DC, to put more ecomodernist ideas into action, building a DC policy and research agenda from the ground up.

The Breakthrough Institute envisions a future where all the world’s inhabitants can enjoy secure, free, prosperous, and fulfilling lives on an ecologically vibrant planet. We strive to make our work audacious, pragmatic, and politically unclassifiable. If that sounds like the kind of place you want to work, now is your opportunity.

You can learn more about our vision here. Check out our open positions below. All salaries are highly competitive with industry-wide standards and are commensurate with experience.

The Breakthrough Institute is committed to seeking innovative solutions to environmental and human development challenges in pursuit of a secure, healthier, and more prosperous future. In doing so, we do not shy away from contentious domestic and international political issues or from advocating for equity, justice, democracy, and human rights. We welcome candidates who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds and who are eager to learn about many ways of viewing the world. Our goal is to create a community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

Livestock Analyst / Senior Livestock Analyst

Who We Are

The Breakthrough Institute (BTI) seeks innovative solutions to environmental and human development challenges in pursuit of a secure, healthier, and more prosperous future. BTI fosters a culture of aspirational, disruptive, and yet evidence-based thinking, and mission-driven, pragmatic problem-solving. Over the past few years, we’ve grown to a staff of 20+ talented individuals, shaping how policymakers, environmental groups, and other thought leaders view climate change, nuclear power, agricultural innovation, international energy development, and other key issues.

The Opportunity

The Breakthrough Institute’s Food and Agriculture Program analyzes and advocates for the role of agricultural innovation and productivity growth in addressing climate change and other environmental challenges. BTI is seeking an analyst or senior analyst, depending on experience, to identify and advocate for changes in U.S. livestock production and policy that would increase productivity and reduce enteric methane emissions. We are looking for a critical thinker who understands livestock production and policy, enjoys digging into policy or scientific details, and is committed to improving the livestock industry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Propose and execute rigorous and policy-relevant analyses on how to improve livestock sustainability.

  • Communicate livestock production and policy priorities through multiple channels including presentations, op-eds, fact sheets, and BTI website articles.

  • Build relationships with non-profit organizations, trade associations, companies, and scientists involved with animal agriculture to collaborate on research and advocacy.

  • Advise USDA, FDA, Congressional staff, and non-governmental stakeholders on how to support enteric methane mitigation and other areas of livestock sustainability, including through developing regulatory comments and materials for BTI Federal Policy staff.

Required Qualifications

  • 3+ years of experience.

  • Experience working on animal agriculture policy in government, NGOs, industry, or academia.

  • Knowledge of livestock production in the U.S.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and lead significant projects, delivering high-quality work on time.

  • Experience researching and critically evaluating information and compiling it into reports with recommendations for action.

  • Strong writing and presentation skills.

  • Fluency in English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s or PhD degree in a relevant field such as animal science, veterinary medicine, public policy, agricultural economics, environmental science, or agricultural law and policy.

  • Experience with AAFCO, FDA, EPA, or other institutions involved with the regulation of feed, feed additives, and animal drugs.

Job Conditions

  • This is a full-time, exempt position in either Berkeley, CA or Washington, D.C., with hybrid virtual and in-person work arrangements. A minimum of 3 days of in-office work is expected.

  • This position requires approximately 3-5 domestic trips per year, with the option of more depending on invitations to present at events.

  • Some evening or weekend time may be required depending on events and other job-related work outside of the office.

  • All employees must show proof of completed COVID-19 vaccination prior to their start date, subject to a disability or religious accommodation exemption.

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary and title commensurate with qualifications and experience. The starting salary range for this position is $70,000 to $93,000.

  • Employees enjoy excellent medical and dental coverage (90% premium coverage for employees and dependents), an optional vision plan, a 403(b) retirement plan, life & disability insurance, generous vacation time, sick leave, 12 paid holidays, up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for eligible employees, a professional development stipend, cell phone reimbursement, and commuter benefits.

Application Instructions

We encourage you to submit materials as soon as possible, as we will interview and hire on a near-term rolling basis.

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  • Your email should state how you heard about this position.

  • Your cover letter should reflect on Breakthrough’s work and how you could contribute.