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Deadline Extended – SE CASC Hiring Opportunities for Two Fellows: Climate Impacts & Tribal Climate Strategies

Southeast CASC announces openings for two Fellows to be hired through Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). Both positions are research opportunities available with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC) located in Raleigh, North Carolina.

USGS Tribal Climate Strategies Research Scholar

Application Deadline
9/15/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Get opportunity details and apply here.

Research ProjectThe project will develop and conduct research with and for Tribal Nations/organizations relevant to the SE CASC mission “to deliver science wildlife, ecosystems, and people adapt to a changing climate.”  This includes evaluation of current Southeast CASC research portfolio for relevance to Tribal Nations/Organizations, support for developing a Northeast/Southeast CASC Tribal Climate Resilience Engagement Strategy, and technical support to better leverage, translate, communicate, synthesize and share CASC research with Tribal Nations/Organizations.
Learning Objectives

  1. Develop understanding of how Tribal Nations in the southeastern US consider climate change as part of their long-term planning
  2. Develop understanding of technical needs of Tribal Nations to incorporate climate science into their natural and cultural resource management
  3. Develop understanding of scientific questions needed to better address Tribal climate-related resource management challenges.

The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in a field relevant or related to climate science and/or Native American studies, e.g. environmental science, natural resources, earth science, geography, atmospheric science, biology.
Preferred skills:

  • Knowledge of Tribal governance and history
  • Experience incorporating traditional ecological knowledge
  • Knowledge of co-management and multi-jurisdictional management of natural resources
  • Experience studying climate impacts to natural resources.
  • Experience with science translation and communication of climate concepts to audiences outside of the field of climate science.

Location: Raleigh duty station is preferred but other duty locations will be considered.

USGS Postdoctoral Fellowship in Climate Impacts

Application Deadline
9/15/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Get opportunity details and apply here.

Research ProjectThis project will provide technical assistance and research on the impacts of climate on eastern US ecosystems including:

  1. quantitative analysis on climate observations and future scenarios at relevant spatial and temporal scales,
  2. methods to quantify and propagate climate model projection uncertainty, and
  3. methods to integrate climate projections into species, habitat, and ecosystem response models.

Results of this research will fill significant gaps in the understanding of climate processes on important eastern US ecosystems, particularly the role of uncertainty in modeling climate and ecosystem changes.
Project will involve close interaction with ecological scientists and engagement with natural resource management officials at federal, tribal, and state agencies.
Learning Objectives

  1. Develop understanding of how climate model output can be used to explore possible impacts to ecological systems
  2. Develop understanding of how climate model uncertainty may propagate through other impacts models
  3. Develop understanding of technical and scientific needs of natural resource managers to address climate-related challenges.

The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (see opportunity details for detailed listing).
Preferred skills:

  • Experience with principles, theory, and concepts of the climate system and climate models, including routine access, use, and interpretation of climate model output.
  • Experience in advanced statistical methods, analysis of climate models, spatial analysis using R, Matlab, Python, or similar programming.
  • Understanding of climate model downscaling approaches, climate projections, and sea level rise projections.
  • Ability to manage, manipulate, analyze, and distribute very large climate datasets.
  • Experience studying climate impacts to natural resources and communication/translation of climate concepts to non-experts.

The following details apply to both opportunities.
MentorThe mentor for this opportunity is Ryan Boyles ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: 2021.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for one year, but may be extended for two additional years upon recommendation of USGS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.
Participant StipendThe participant will receive a very competitive monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.
Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals.
ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USGS. Participants do not become employees of USGS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: If you have questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.