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We are looking for talented people to add to our team of investigators, analysts, and advocates. TCS offers internships to qualified college students and fellowships to recent college graduates.

Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS), a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan budget watchdog,  serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means.  At TCS, we believe that government waste costs more than just money.  Misguided government subsidies do more harm than good by endangering public health, aggravating social and economic problems, and undermining true national security.  We fight for a smart government that lives within its means. We believe in making decisions based on evidence and value. We believe that the decisions on how to spend our tax money should be transparent. And we believe we have a right – and a duty –to demand excellence and accountability from our government.

The core strategy of TCS has remained the same throughout our history: we eschew ideology and work with individuals and organizations from all political perspectives to build support for common sense reforms. TCS works to transcend partisanship and attract the widest possible audience to help build something Americans can believe in: a government that inspires trust and makes more sense.  TCS empowers the national and local media and citizen activists by providing them with the information, insight and necessary tools to help them report on and advocate for responsible spending priorities. You can browse through this website for more information on TCS programs.


TCS seeks a highly motivated individual to support its energy and natural resources program.  The Energy Research Assistant works as part of the Energy & Natural Resources team, under the direction of the Senior Program Director.

The Energy and Natural Resources Program at TCS focuses its investigations and education efforts on 1) the need to eliminate wasteful and harmful subsidies, and 2) the need for federal management of public lands and waters that preserves their value, ensures a fair return from any private interest use, and avoids future taxpayer liabilities. TCS researches and tracks Congressional action on a variety of specific energy, lands, and resources issues. The Energy Program at TCS is well-known for the "Green Scissors" reports co-authored since 1995 with Friends of the Earth, comprehensive catalogues of subsidies and earmarks, and work with allies across the ideological spectrum.


  • Provide research assistance for fact sheets, white papers, testimony, and other educational products.
  • Provide administrative support to senior staff, including scheduling, proofreading, organizing, and note-taking.
  • Work with program staff to draft, edit, and post regular content for the TCS website ( and social media.
  • Monitor hearings, legislation, oversight reports, and other government action on relevant issues.
  • Manage materials production and logistics for special projects, including public presentations, report releases, coalition meetings, and press events.
  • Provide general administrative support for the organization, including events, database management, and other duties as assigned.


  • A Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in experience.
  • 1-3 years professional work experience, preferably in a nonprofit office setting.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical research skills with strict attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Comfort working under tight deadlines; willingness to commit long hours when necessary to accomplish a task on deadline.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize a multi-project workload.
  • High computer literacy, with specific experience using the Microsoft Office suite; web content management experience helpful, but not required.
  • Experience in natural resources, energy, or economics policy a plus.
  • Willingness to share light office duties with a small and dedicated staff.

This position, located in a small and fast-paced Capitol Hill office, requires a self-motivated and detail-oriented person with excellent organizational skills. Candidates must have exemplary research and writing skills and an ability to synthesize complicated material for the general public.  Successful candidates will show discretion, good humor, and strong judgment, and a commitment to TCS’ nonpartisan mission.

Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, vision, dental insurance; Metro SmartTrip deferral and 403b investment plan available. Taxpayers for Common Sense is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please submit a brief cover letter, resume, short (2-5 page) writing sample, and two references (at least one reference from a former employer) by email to:, subject line: TCS – Research Assistant: Energy & Natural Resources.  No phone calls please.   Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

TCS is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, personal appearance, disability, veteran status, family responsibilities, marital status, political affiliation, matriculation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.




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