Volunteer: Environment & Behavioral Economics Communications Assistant, VolunteerMatch (Part-time) 2019-05-28T00:31:10+00:00

Job description:

Decisions are at the root of our environmental challenges and solutions
The environmental movement needs a robust arsenal of proven, cutting edge methods to help slow and eventually reverse the world’s ongoing environmental degradation. In order to encourage people and policymakers to make smarter environmental decisions and engage in actions that will contribute to environmental health, understanding human behavior and how we make decisions needs to become the environmental movement’s new expertise. Because when you come right down to it, decisions and the actions that result are at the root of all the environmental challenges we face, and the solutions we need to address them.

Behavioral Science and Root Solutions A powerful approach and a new organization to help apply it

The good news is that for the past 20+ years, the disciplines which make up the field known as “behavioral science” have been researching what motivates behavior, how people make choices, and the factors which lead to less than optimal decision making. In fact, it’s been said that we are right now, in the “golden age” of decision science.

People working in a wide variety of sectors including business, public health, and politics have been putting this learning into action with impressive results. It’s time for the environmental movement to do the same. Root Solutions is dedicated to helping make that happen.

Human behavior is at the root of both environmental problems and their solutions.

Communications Assistant

We seek talented employees who crave learning new skills and aren’t afraid to tackle big projects. As our Communications Assistant you will have ownership over important initiatives that will help us grow. The Communications Assistant is responsible for supporting social media efforts, including developing content for Facebook, Twitter and blogs. This will require research into the growing application of behavioral science to the environment. Our ideal candidate is someone who walks into a room of people and walks out with new friends! Someone who is thoughtful when interacting with online communities and building relationships. Interested applicants should have communications, research and writing skills. A basic knowledge of environmental issues is needed. Interest and experience in environmental psychology or behavioral economics is preferred.

Specific duties may include, but are not limited to 

  • Monitoring traditional and non-traditional media outlets for coverage and opportunities
  • Writing content for social media (blogs, tweets, Facebook posts, newsletters) and other communication as needed
  • Researching behavioral insights
  • Creating visual-based content for social media

What You Will Learn

  • How to create a long term social media plan and marketing calendar
  • How to schedule social media and track social media analytics and report results and new ideas to our marketing team
  • How to create compelling content
  • Techniques to create viral loops between our Facebook, twitter, and blog accounts

Qualifications/skills And Knowledge Requirements

  • Background in marketing, communication, or other related discipline
  • Strong writing skills
  • Must be well-organized, self-motivated and detail-oriented
  • Knowledge of media including Twitter, Facebook and blogging
  • Ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate initiative
  • Fearless – not afraid to be a bold and outside the box thinker
  • Love for using social networking sites, and excitement to learn new skills


  • 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 working in-person work at our San Francisco office and remote work. This position is part time. We generally ask for a commitment of at least 14 hours per week over a 10-week period. We are happy to offer flexibility with your schedule, and are open to any variants of days that work best for you.