Food and Agriculture Analyst (multiple open positions)

Location: Berkeley, CA or Washington, DC

The Food & Agriculture Analyst will focus on research projects related to reducing the environmental impacts of food systems and ensuring a healthy and prosperous population. The analyst will also engage in public-facing activities such as speaking opportunities, media communications, workshops, social media management, and network-building with new organizations.

We encourage applications from people with a wide array of backgrounds including in animal science, environmental or agricultural policy, public policy, earth science, agricultural economics, or related fields. This role is full-time and based in Berkeley, California or Washington, DC. This position will report directly to the Director of the Food & Agriculture Program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct rigorous, policy-relevant, and media-resonant analyses for reports, working papers, and policy comments.
  • Communicate research and its policy implications to the media, policymakers, and partner organizations through multiple channels, including 1-on-1 meetings, presentations, briefings, op-eds, and Breakthrough website articles.
  • Participate in relevant federal rulemaking and legislative discussions.
    Cultivate relationships with potential partners, such as individual researchers, research organizations, and advocacy groups.
  • Build and maintain expertise in relevant areas of science and/or policy.
    Contribute to research and funding proposals as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Experience or academic background in policy-relevant research related to agricultural environmental sustainability, trade, innovation, and/or intensification.
  • Excellent non-technical writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and critically evaluate information and compile it into reports with recommendations for action.
  • Deep interest in related areas of federal or international policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3+ years of relevant experience.
  • Masters or Ph.D. degree in a relevant field such as agricultural economics, environmental science, public policy, public administration, or economics.
  • Experience with GTAP, SIMPLE, IMPACT, or other integrated assessment and agricultural models; or with approaches and tools to measure and model greenhouse gas emissions from livestock.
  • Experience with WTO, USTR, FAS, or other institutions involved with US agricultural trade policy; or with AAFCO, FDA, EPA, or other institutions involved with regulation of feed, feed additives, and animal drugs.
  • Experience with data analysis in Python, R, QGIS, or similar programs, preferably open-source software.
  • Ability to independently propose, scope, conduct, and complete major long-term research projects.

Job Conditions

  • Employees are required to report to the office on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and may choose to work from home on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additional hours may be required to meet deadlines. Some travel and evening time may be required depending on events, invitations, presentations, meetings, and other job-related work outside of the office.
  • All employees must receive the full course of vaccinations and booster for COVID-19.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Excellent health insurance, dental, vision, paid leave, retirement plan, life insurance, disability insurance, professional development support, 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.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample ONLY to jobs[at] Please do not submit your application through alternate job sites.

Your email subject should say: <Your Name>: Food and Agriculture Analyst.

Your email should state how you heard about this position.

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