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Federal Energy Management Impact Fellow

Application closes May 24, 2023 at 12pm ET.

Washington D.C. – Full-Time [Remote]


The Department of Energy is seeking a fellow for a 1-year term (with potential opportunity to extend) to join the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). The Fellow will work closely with FEMP staff and leadership to develop innovative approaches to help Federal offices achieve their critical missions through diverse topics such as: decarbonization, electrification, efficiency, resilient energy, and water systems, understanding the social cost of carbon and greenhouse gas emissions accounting, and alternative financing and performance contracting to help agencies pay for energy retrofits and deploy energy-conserving technologies.

Current federal employees are not eligible for this position.


The Fellow will have the opportunity to work on several different topics, dependent on interest and development goals. Examples of potential portfolios are described in more detail below:

Decarbonization, Electrification & Efficiency

  • Supporting initiatives that work to electrify the federal fleet, incorporating decarbonization priorities into energy planning and management, leading energy education and training, and piloting grid-enabled technologies. 
  •  Researching best practices and policies that integrate energy management, decarbonization, electrification, cybersecurity, and other federal requirements through innovative programs.
  • Analyzing the energy and non-energy impacts (including resiliency, health, operations, air quality, etc.) of grid enabled technologies and electrification strategies with follow-on publication case studies, white papers, etc.
  • Planning and preparing Requests for Information and Federal Agency Calls for technology deployment that results in job creation, decreased greenhouse gas emissions, increased use of newly validated technology, and energy and environmental justice. 

Energy & Water Resilience

  • Creating a systematic approach to agency and site resilience planning that helps organizations assess current infrastructure against mission priorities and risk, including climate risks, identify solutions, and prioritize solutions and projects for implementation.
  • Optimizing organizational operations to reduce energy and water use and peak demand as the “first line of defense” that enables the site to meet energy and water requirements.  
  • Ensuring organizations have trained personnel and capabilities to anticipate, prepare for, adapt, withstand, respond to, and recover rapidly from energy and water disruption due to planned and unplanned events. 
  • Establishing sufficient resources, sound infrastructure, and identified interdependencies that supply the required energy and water to essential functions during normal and disrupted operations. 

Enhancing Federal Analysis

  • Conducting analysis to support the implementation of Administration energy and water goals and objectives.  
  • Exploring the utilization of the social cost of carbon in Federal Facility rule making and incorporation into performance based contracting mechanisms.
  • Analyzing FEMP tools and resources to determine applicability of including externalities such as the social cost of carbon in analysis output.
  • Quantifying metrics of air quality improvements in disadvantaged communities.


  • A background in transportation, public policy, engineering, environmental science or other natural science, and economics or other quantitative discipline. 
  • Experience in electric vehicle and infrastructure deployment, energy efficiency or technology, and transportation and alternative fuels preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication, analytical, and technical skills.
  • Related Policy Interests:  Cybersecurity, Economic policy, Emerging technologies, Energy and Power, Environment and Climate, Forestry, Water, and Natural resources, Funding, research and grants, Infrastructure, Urban Development, and Transportation.  
  • Desired Skills and Proficiencies:  Big data & Analytics, Contracts and/or Grants management, Curriculum Development, Data Visualization/Infographics, Ethics and Social responsibility, Finance and Budget, Leadership development, Market research, Monitoring & evaluation, Organization development, Policy analysis, Product development, Program management, Project management, Quality management, Recruitment, Risk assessment, Strategic planning.


Unfortunately, FAS is unable to consider current federal employees for the FAS Impact Fellowship.


This fellowship will provide a stipend for the entirety of the fellowship duration at an annual rate of $155,700  per year. The Impact Fellow will receive an additional stipend of $20,600 to account for health expenses, as well as a $4,000 relocation stipend. Additional information about the Fellowship can be found in our FAQ.


In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis; the employer will not sponsor applicants for work visas.

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