Job Opportunities with UW College of the Environment, Climate Impacts Group & NW Climate Science Center

We are excited to announce several current and upcoming opportunities to work with the University of Washington College of the Environment, Climate Impacts Group and the Northwest Climate Science Center in a range of roles to further climate research and adaptation efforts across the Pacific Northwest.

Positions Currently Open: 

  1. Climate Adaptation Specialist for the Climate Impacts Group
  2. Northwest Climate Science Center Communications Manager

Upcoming Openings (stay tuned as we anticipate accepting applications for these positions soon):

  1. Awards Manager (Grants and Contracts Specialist) for the Climate Impacts Group and NW Climate Science Center

Please note that with our pending positions, the job description and duties are subject to revision. 

Climate Adaptation Specialist

The Climate Impacts Group (CIG) is seeking a full-time Climate Adaptation Specialist to develop and lead climate adaptation projects, build and maintains key partnerships throughout the Pacific Northwest, and participate in internal strategic planning along with CIG’s senior staff.

The Climate Impacts Group is an interdisciplinary center within the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, and part of the UW’s innovative new environmental institute, EarthLab. CIG is dedicated to building the resilience of Northwest communities and ecosystems to the impacts of climate variability and climate change.  Since 1995, the CIG has worked in close partnership with regional resource managers, planners, and policy makers to develop, deliver and support the use of decision-relevant scientific information.

Since the job responsibilities of the Climate Adaptation Specialist are broad and far-ranging, we are hoping to attract a diverse pool of applicants with a variety of disciplinary training and professional experiences relevant to connecting science and decision making in support of climate adaptation. Our ideal applicant pool would include PhD-level researchers with climate-focused expertise in a social or natural science field, as well as practitioners of adaptation with regional, national, and/or international experience helping organizations manage current and future climate risks. We thus encourage applications from individuals with a wide range of work experience, which could include past positions in academic, public, private, and/or non-profit sectors.

This position will require strong communication, networking, and engagement skills, as the Climate Adaptation Strategist acts as an ambassador for CIG when interacting with our diverse mix of regional and university stakeholders.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. 

NW Climate Science Center Communications Manager

The College of the Environment has an opportunity for a half-time communications manager. This person will develop and implement the communications program of the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC). The NW CSC is one of eight regional Climate Science Centers dedicated to delivering science that helps wildlife, water, land, and people adapt to a changing climate. Established by the Department of Interior (DOI) in 2010, the NW CSC is newly hosted by the University of Washington’s College of the Environment, which leads a multi-university consortium including Boise State University, University of Montana, Washington State University and Western Washington University. Research at the NW CSC provides objective scientific information and tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

Working with the UW director and deputy director of the NW CSC, as well as the Climate Impacts Group’s Strategic Communications Lead, the incumbent will have primary responsibility to develop and implement the NW CSC communications program; assess efficacy and salience of existing communications activities and products; develop and deliver strategic, targeted, and tailored communications products; track and evaluate communications success; and revise approaches as warranted. This position requires regular and timely communication with the federal partners regarding the research and program efforts of the NW CSC. The incumbent will actively support NW CSC co-production, education, training and engagement activities, e.g., by supporting NW CSC Fellows’ training in communication and evaluation. S/he will coordinate with and leverage the efforts of USGS and UW communications professionals (including at the UW Climate Impacts Group, College of the Environment and UW media relations), leverage resources and assuring mutual benefit, and ensure compliance with USGS, DOI and UW communication requirements.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position. 

Awards Manager (Grants and Contracts Specialist)

EarthLab is a new initiative stewarded by the College of the Environment which supports application-focused interdisciplinary collaboration across and beyond the University of Washington. EarthLab focuses on addressing our world’s most pressing environmental challenges – catalyzing collaborations with partners across the private, public, and non-profit sectors. By linking knowledge and action to accomplish meaningful change, EarthLab will help develop lasting solutions that are scientifically sound, technically feasible, and economically viable, while promoting equity and justice.  The initial EarthLab focus areas are Climate Security and Resilience, Natural Hazards Resilience, Ocean Health and Conservation.

The Awards Manager will manage the grants and contracts program administration for the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC), hosted by the Climate Impacts Group, both member organizations of EarthLab. S/he will report to the EarthLab Administrator and work closely with the Directors of CIG and the EarthLab Analyst.  The Awards Manager will serve as the primary point of contact for the CSC award and will manage all subawards to partner institutions. The Awards Manger will be responsible for the daily business operations of the CSC including regular communication with USGS, managing cost share, initiating and managing contracts and subawards, and tracking budgets.

This position will receive minimal direction, will be expected to work independently and requires excellent judgment with a strong knowledge and understanding of the federal, state and University regulations regarding budgeting, grant proposal preparation and submission, cost share commitments, payroll, purchasing, cost-reimbursable invoicing, federal reporting and grant and contract budget closures, etc. The incumbent must independently communicate and work effectively with a broad spectrum of people both on and off campus, including multiple levels of university officials (UW, and regional institutions), faculty, staff, funding agency officials, and federal and state employees. Strong written and verbal communication skills are required to work closely with research staff, administrative staff, and sponsor to facilitate effective research management.

This person must be detail-oriented, organized, creative, and customer service-oriented.  The operations systems will need to be nimble, efficient, flexible, and collaborative.  This will require someone who can think out of the box, sharing their ideas and working effectively as part of a team.

A complete job description and application requirements will be posted soon. Please note that with our pending positions both the job description and duties are subject to revision. Questions can be directed to Adrienne Karpov, EarthLab Acting Administrator.