The Research Analyst will conduct in-depth research and analysis on environmental and natural resources law and policy at the tribal, federal, state, local, and international levels and conduct related support activities for the NCAI Institute for Environmental Sovereignty. The ideal candidate is highly organized, an excellent writer, and has between three and five years of experience conducting legal research, including collecting and synthesizing information, drafting reports and memoranda, performing rigorous fact-checking, cite-checking, and Bluebooking, and carrying out basic administrative functions. Candidates will have a passion for serving Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities and an interest in environmental protection and natural resource stewardship.

The Institute for Environmental Sovereignty’s mission is to advance Tribal Nations’ leadership in natural resource governance and environmental stewardship; the safeguarding of Indigenous peoples’ cultural heritage linked to the landscape and natural environment; and innovative Indigenous-led approaches to environmental protection. The Institute carries out this mission through its core objectives: (1) tracking environmental matters of greatest concern to Indian Country; (2) carrying out in-depth research and analysis of environmental and natural resource policy, law, programs, and action, at all levels and types of government, which impact Indian Country, treaty resources, cultural heritage, and tribal communities’ health and wellness; (3) advocating for greater tribal sovereignty over, and stewardship of critically important natural resources; and (4) convening Tribal Nation leaders, partners, and supporters around Indian Country’s greatest environmental problems, solutions, and promising opportunities to create communities of practice.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Under the direction of NCAI’s Director of the Institute for Environmental Sovereignty, the primary duties of the Research Analyst include but are not limited to:

Conduct research, synthesize findings, and draft related memoranda, reports, and other communications
Cite-check, fact-check, Bluebook, proofread, and assist with writing reports, white papers, issue briefs, podcast story maps or scripts, op-eds, blogs, and other public-facing documents
Support monitoring the development of environmental protection, natural resource management, and conservation law and policy
Support the team’s engagement and communications with internal and external partners and partner organizations, technical experts, and government agencies and officials
Coordinate, prepare for, support, and participate in meetings and presentations, both virtual and in-person
Manage and coordinate projects, development work plans, and track and communicate progress toward Institute goals
Contribute to grant writing in support of the Institute, including letters of intent, concept notes, and proposals
Travel in order to staff NCAI’s three major conferences that take place each calendar year, and occasional travel for site visits, meetings, and representing the Institute at conferences, including providing presentations on Institute projects when required

Required Skills & Abilities:

Excellent writing, researching, editing, and proofreading skills
Rigorous attention to detail
Ability to multi-task and produce high-quality work under time constraints
Strong interpersonal, communication, organizational, analytical, and time-management skills
Ability to work both individually and collaboratively with a team, including training and supervising others (professional staff or graduate/undergraduate-level interns)
Demonstrable proficiency with legal databases (i.e., WestLaw or LexisNexis), Microsoft Office tools and/or Google Workspace, and major social media platforms

Education & Experience:

Associate or bachelor’s degree in law, paralegal studies, Indigenous/Native American studies, environmental studies, or a related field
Three or more years of professional work experience conducting legal research and analysis, cite checking and Bluebooking documents, and managing large quantities of documents
Paralegal/Certified Legal Assistant certification preferred
Familiarity with environmental, natural resource, or cultural resource matters significant to Tribal Nations or Indigenous communities
Project management experience
Experience in making and following up on public records requests

Physical Requirements:

Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.

Supervisory Responsibilities:



The salary range is $60,000-70,000, commensurate with experience and educational qualifications.

Work Hours & Environment:

This is a Forty (40) hours per calendar week position, fifty-two (52) weeks per calendar year; provided, however, during the time periods leading up to, during, and immediately following NCAI conferences and similar events, involvement up to Sixty (60) hours per week may be required.

This position is remote eligible.

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About National Congress of American Indians

Since 1944 NCAI has served as the unified voice for American Indian and Alaska Native Issues.

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organization’s policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations.

For nearly seven decades since its founding, NCAI has remained true to the original purpose of the organization: to be the unified voice of tribal nations. As outlined in the NCAI Constitution, our purpose is to serve as a forum for unified policy development among tribal governments in order to: (1) protect and advance tribal governance and treaty rights; (2) promote the economic development and health and welfare in Indian and Alaska Native communities; and (3) educate the public toward a better understanding of Indian and Alaska Native tribes.