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Transportation Behavior Design - Environmental Project Associate
Root Solutions

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Transportation Behavior Design - Environmental Project Associate

Root Solutions

Job Summary

$15-20 per hour
Job Type
Part-time, Temporary
Job Last Posted
Job posted 19 days ago
Job Role
Product Designer
Employer's Industry
Nonprofit, Education
Job Schedule
Weekdays, Mornings, Afternoons

Job Description

Project Associate – Transportation Behavior Design 

Root Solutions is seeking a Project Associate to join a small team of visionaries, creators, and disruptors who want to re-shape the future of the environmental movement in North America and beyond. We believe that by applying the principles of behavioral science, conservationists can generate a quantum leap in environmental quality. You are vital to the success of programs that will transform the environmental movement and the planet.    

Overall Function  

Under the supervision of the Project Managers & Executive Director, the Project Associate will have an active role in our transportation behavior design initiatives as well as other Root Solutions projects, including, but not limited to:  

  • Summarizing and synthesizing existing research and case studies on the role of behavior design in transportation  
  • Preparing materials and presentations for submission to clients
  • Overseeing volunteers, prioritizing and managing tasks
  • Performing administrative and organizational tasks as needs arise 
  • Managing logistics and communications and executing stakeholder interviews
  • Developing, conducting and evaluating barriers analyses and other surveys
  • Researching and drafting behavioral insights design guidance   
  • Assisting with partnership and business development efforts

Qualifications/skills and knowledge requirements 

  • Bachelor’s degree in conservation psychology, behavioral economics, environmental policy or related fields; other bachelor’s degree with one year of relevant experience will be considered
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing; associate must enjoy and excel at writing
  • Excellent research and synthesis skills required 
  • Must be well-organized, self-motivated and extremely detail-oriented 
  • Must be able to adapt and prioritize 
  • Ability to meet deadlines and demonstrate initiative  
  • Must have access to a personal laptop equipped with Microsoft Office Suite


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.   

For more information, please visit   


Position is a mix of remote work, in-person work with the team in San Francisco and Sausalito, and on-location with stakeholders in Contra Costa County.   


6-month position (negotiable) 80% time   


$15-20 per hour depending on background knowledge, education and experience and choice of benefits Paid holidays and 48 hours of vacation per 6-month period   

Application Materials 

Deadline for applying is February 24th, 2020. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to:   

Christine Tsai, Project Manager 


Subject Heading: Transportation Behavior Design Project Associate  

Business Overview

Our Story

The environmental movement has achieved some historic successes. However, huge challenges still exist. Conservationists need 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 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.

For the past 20+ years, the disciplines that make up the field known as “decision science” have been researching what motivates behavior, how people make choices, and the factors which lead to less than optimal decision making. 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.

Why Work With Us?

We are a small team of visionaries, creators, and disruptors who want to re-shape the future of the environmental movement in North America and beyond.

Team Size

1-10 team members


Culture & Perks

Paid Time Off
Mission Driven
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