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Environmental Justice Student At-Large Representative

The TGIF Committee is the decision-making body for The Green Initiative Fund. The committee chooses which sustainability projects receive money, approves changes to awards, and guides the general direction of TGIF. Voting committee members will: 

  1. Attend monthly committee meetings (You must have some available time to meet during the 9am-5pm/M-F time frame). The time commitment is usually less than 5 hours a month during the non-grant months and 5-10 hours during the grant period months (October, January, February, and April)
  2. Select which projects receive funding during grant review.
  3. Vote on issues which require committee approval, such as project adjustments.
  4. Provide feedback to and help support all grantees.

All UC Berkeley undergraduate or graduate students are eligible to apply for the TGIF Environmental Justice student at-large representative position. This is a one-year appointment, hourly-position. The student will be chosen by the other five appointed members of the TGIF committee. Applications may not exceed 3 pages.  

Committee Requirements for the Environmental Justice Student At-Large Representative:

  • 1-3 years of current or past experience with sustainability initiatives on campus, including but not limited to campus internships, research, or student environmental groups;
  • Experience working on a TGIF grant and/or project; and
  • Experience engaging with tenets of environmental justice such as equity and inclusion on campus or in the UC Berkeley community, either working directly on environmental justice or on programs designed to benefit marginalized groups.

Application Details

Apply Today before October 2, 2020 at 5 PM PST


One Tree Planted Forestry Specialist

Sacramento or Remote

One Tree Planted is looking for a dynamic individual to add to our fast growing team. The ideal candidate would be a graduate in Forestry with five years of relevant experience and is a self-starter. You would be supporting our project management team by vetting our existing and upcoming reforestation projects. This position requires in person visits to our project sites, therefore the candidate would need to be willing to travel for work for as much as 50% of his/her time.

Application Details

Submission requirements:

  1. Cover letter indicating your interest in the position and why you think you would be a good fit with the organization.
  2. Your full curriculum vitae
  3. A transcript of the MSc in Forestry, Forest Science or related field
  4. The names, titles, addresses, e-mails, and telephone numbers of three referees.

Please send your application package to Kevin Hill, Project Director to kevin@onetreeplanted.org.  Only candidates that submit all requirements will be considered.

Apply Today before October 12, 2020


UC Santa Barbara Assistant Professor in Environmental Data Science

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management (www.bren.ucsb.edu) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Environmental Data Science at the rank of Assistant Professor, to start July 1, 2021. We seek a highly creative and interactive scholar whose research and teaching interests are focused on innovative approaches for computational analyses in an allied discipline of Environmental Science (including, but not limited to, Earth science, ecology, political science, socio-ecological systems, etc.). We particularly seek candidates who address environmental questions using large datasets (e.g., remotely sensed data, text-based repositories, etc.), have a rigorous foundation in statistical fundamentals (e.g., machine learning, Bayesian inference, causal inference, etc.), or leverage cutting-edge developments in data science (e.g., data-driven discovery, scalable computing, etc.) in their work. We welcome candidates whose substantive area of expertise is related to environmental justice, or whose methodological expertise addresses algorithmic bias in quantitative sciences.

Application Details:

Applications should be submitted electronically via the UC Recruit system to: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01820 and must include the following:

1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum Vitae (resume)
3) Statement of Research
4) Statement of Teaching (philosophy and practice)
5) Statement of Contributions to Diversity
6) At least 3 and no more than 5 letters of reference (requested in the application submission)

Please address any questions to: meds-search@bren.ucsb.edu. Applications completed by October 26, 2020 will receive priority consideration; the position will remain open until filled.

Apply Today before October 26, 2020 at 11:59 PM PST


National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers fellowships to new and incoming graduate students.

The fellowship provides three years of full funding (including a $34,000/yr stipend) and access to additional opportunities such as internship and research abroad programs.

Register here.

Application Details:

Applications for the 2021 NSF-GRFP are now open with deadlines in October 2020. 


Post-Doctoral Research Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill
The position is intended to be for two years and will focus on the Lab’s long-term ecological data sets to build on foundational research on desert plants and bring new insights into the dynamics of life in the desert.
The successful applicant will be based at the Desert Lab, help identify and develop research questions, lead analyses of existing data series focused on vegetation dynamics, plant demography, and mechanisms driving change through time, and lead in the publication of results and the submission of new proposals. Opportunities for focused field work and data collection on Tumamoc Hill and throughout the Sonoran Desert will be also be available.
The Desert Lab was founded in 1903 by the Carnegie Institution and is the home of the oldest permanent vegetation plots in the world. Part of the Arizona Institutes of Resilience, the Lab houses a transdisciplinary group of researchers in biological and social sciences, along with artists and educators. The role of the Desert Laboratory is to build on the complementary strengths of culture, science, and community rooted at Tumamoc Hill and the larger Sonoran Desert to become an integrative hub of novel research, education, and outreach about how linked human and natural systems face the future of life in the desert.Application Details: Apply Here!

Please send questions to desertlaboratory@gmail.comApply Today before Position is Filled with a first review of candidates at the end of October 2020. Start date is intended for January 2021.


Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division has an exciting opportunity for a Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar. 

In this exciting role, you will research the controls of soil carbon cycling, and how they vary with depth in the soil. The overall goals of this project are to develop a more mechanistic understanding of soil biogeochemistry and the role of soils in global change and to improve the Earth system model representation of soil response to climate change. You will help launch a new grassland experiment for whole-soil warming and/or conduct research at an existing conifer-forest whole-soil warming experiment in a ponderosa pine forest, looking at responses to 6-10 year of warming.  They will use biogeochemical and isotopic techniques to study the effect of warming, plant inputs, and microbial activity on the transformation, mineralization, and stabilization of soil carbon. 

The main advisor is Margaret Torn and the postdoc will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of biogeochemists, microbiologists, ecologists, geochemists, and modelers.

What You Will Do:

  • Establish a new soil whole-soil warming experiment in a California Grassland, with a team. 
  • Conduct research at the new grassland experiment and/or ponderosa pine forest experiments.
  • Measure trace gas flux regularly
  • Measure isotopic composition (13C, 14C) of soil, soil gas, and soil fluxes.
  • Conduct laboratory analyses of soil, soil organic matter, and microbial community.
  • Initiate new research, such as effects of warming on roots and mycorrhizal infection.
  • Publish research results and give presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Contribute to grant proposals and project development.

Additional Opportunities

  • Test model structures and parameters, develop new model capabilities.
  • Contribute to research on microbial carbon-use efficiency, microbial community, and organo-mineral interactions.
  • Participate in Berkeley Lab’s career development opportunities and postdoctoral community events

Useful Experience and Capabilities: 

  • PhD in biogeochemistry, ecology, earth science, or related field (required).
  • Capacity to conduct field work under strenuous conditions.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in statistics and in handling data, for example using R, Matlab, or other software.
  • Experience with manipulative experiments and monitoring microclimate.
  • Able to work as part of a team and to work independently.
  • Able to find creative solutions to logistical and experimental challenges.

Application Details

Apply Today before Position is Filled


Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) at Michigan State University
 
Applications are welcome from students with a variety of backgrounds and in a wide range of disciplines, such as anthropology, behavioral science, biology, computer science and engineering, conservation, data science, demography, ecology, economics, environmental science and engineering, geographic information science, geography, geosciences, land science, mathematics, remote sensing, sociology, statistics, sustainability science, and other related fields.
 
Research topics may include telecoupling (telecoupling.org),  sustainability science, UN Sustainable Development Goals, coupled human and natural systems, systems integration (e.g., integration of natural sciences such as ecology with social sciences such as economics, policy, and technology), biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services, food-energy-water-climate nexus, human well-being, forest and landscape ecology, global change, wildlife ecology and conservation, land change science, and computer modeling and simulation (e.g., agent-based modeling). Studies on these and other related topics by faculty and students at CSIS have been published in journals such as Science and Nature. With flexible start dates (e.g., spring, summer or fall of 2021), successful candidates can build on previous studies and explore new frontiers.
 
Application Details:
(1) letter of application,
(2) CV or resume,
(3) academic statement,
(4) personal statement,
(5) transcripts,
(6) GRE scores,
(7) TOEFL scores (for non-native English speakers only),
(8) list of 3 references (names and contact information), and
(9) up to three representative publications if any. Unofficial copies of GRE, TOEFL and transcripts are OK initially.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible.  Applications and questions about these opportunities should be emailed to: 
Professor Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48823-5243, USA
liuji@msu.edu (email)
Apply Today before the position is filled!

Community Climate Solutions Community Organizer

The mission of our Community Organizer and Program Support Lead is to support our communities in using our platform and developing engagement programs to drive climate solutions engagement.  The Community Organizer and Program Support Lead works closely with our communities to discover their goals, needs and challenges and then coach them on the best ways to use our platform and run engagement in their communities.  You are part coach and part project manager, focused on helping our communities achieve their climate solution engagement goals with the CCS program.  In addition, this role will be responsible for leading direct, on the ground engagement in the City of Fremont.  This role reports to the CCS President.

Application Details:

    • 1-2+ years of work experience as a Community Organizer
    • Self-motivated, proactive team player, with strong leadership and priority management skills
    • Strong communication skills and passion for building trust and communicating effectively with a broad range of stakeholders from senior staff to day-to-day users
    • Passionate about empowering people and communities on climate change solutions
    • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Ability to work from home/remote required, ability to attend meetings in Fremont, CA required

Full-time, remote position with benefits. Email laltieri@communityclimate.org with resume to apply.

Apply Today before the position is filled!


Climate Solutions Net Content Writer

We are looking for a Content Writer to take the lead on research, development, and creation of content for our action information pages.  Our action content is at the core of our value to users where we make it simple, easy and fun for users to learn about solutions and provide the information they need to be successful in taking action.  Our actions are practical, like smart thermostats, electric vehicles, home solar and composting.  The ideal candidate would have excellent research skills and excel at taking technical information and re-writing to make it simple, fun and easy to follow.  Examples of our current action content.

Application Details:

  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong research skills and detail oriented
  • Ability to understand technical content and translate for non-technical users
  • Self-motivated and ability to work from home/remote
  • Positive attitude and team oriented.
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Email info@climatesolutionsnet.com with resume and writing sample to apply.

Apply Today before the position is filled!


Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (LBNL) Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division has an exciting opportunity for a Soil Biogeochemistry and Climate Change Postdoctoral Scholar. 

In this exciting role, you will research the controls of soil carbon cycling, and how they vary with depth in the soil. The overall goals of this project are to develop a more mechanistic understanding of soil biogeochemistry and the role of soils in global change and to improve the Earth system model representation of soil response to climate change. You will help launch a new grassland experiment for whole-soil warming and/or conduct research at an existing conifer-forest whole-soil warming experiment in a ponderosa pine forest, looking at responses to 6-10 year of warming.  They will use biogeochemical and isotopic techniques to study the effect of warming, plant inputs, and microbial activity on the transformation, mineralization, and stabilization of soil carbon. 

The main advisor is Margaret Torn and the postdoc will interact with a multi-disciplinary team of biogeochemists, microbiologists, ecologists, geochemists, and modelers.

What You Will Do:

    • Establish a new soil whole-soil warming experiment in a California Grassland, with a team. 
    • Conduct research at the new grassland experiment and/or ponderosa pine forest experiments.
    • Measure trace gas flux regularly
    • Measure isotopic composition (13C, 14C) of soil, soil gas, and soil fluxes.
    • Conduct laboratory analyses of soil, soil organic matter, and microbial community.
    • Initiate new research, such as effects of warming on roots and mycorrhizal infection.
    • Publish research results and give presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Contribute to grant proposals and project development.

Additional Opportunities

    • Test model structures and parameters, develop new model capabilities.
  • Contribute to research on microbial carbon-use efficiency, microbial community, and organo-mineral interactions.
  • Participate in Berkeley Lab’s career development opportunities and postdoctoral community events

Useful Experience and Capabilities: 

    • PhD in biogeochemistry, ecology, earth science, or related field (required).
    • Capacity to conduct field work under strenuous conditions.
    • Excellent writing and communication skills.
    • Proficiency in statistics and in handling data, for example using R, Matlab, or other software.
    • Experience with manipulative experiments and monitoring microclimate.
      • Able to work as part of a team and to work independently.
    • Able to find creative solutions to logistical and experimental challenges.

Application Details

Apply Today before Position is Filled


Life Cycle Associate

Emeryville, CA

The Life Cycle Associate will support the program by conducting quantitative analysis and modeling for life cycle assessment and carbon footprinting projects. In addition, the Life Cycle Associate will be responsible for conducting research, interacting with clients, technical report writing and administrative support.

Application Details

Apply Today before the position is filled!


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