Student Opportunity to Assist with Program Management Activities at NCCWSC
The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is looking for a student (graduate or undergraduate) to assist with program management activities at its office in Reston, VA. Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their education and work experience to Robin O’Malley (firstname.lastname@example.org)by January 15, 2017.
Background The National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center (NCCWSC) is interested in a student to assist with program management activities at an innovative science boundary organization. NCCWSC is a unit at USGS headquarters in Reston, VA, and manages a suite of eight regional Climate Science Centers (CSCs). These centers and the NCCWSC are designed to provide scientific support for natural and cultural resource managers, primarily at federal, state and tribal management agencies, as they address adaptation to climate change. Additional information may be found at https://casc.usgs.gov/content/about.
Requirements NCCWSC is interested in hiring a graduate student on a part- or full-time basis to support the Policy and Partnership Coordinator, who is responsible for structuring and facilitating relations between NCCWSC, CSCs, and their many diverse partners. Students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Students should be available for at least one full year, with full-time summer and part-time academic year availability with a minimum of 20 hours per week. If someone is interested and available to work more than 20 hours (up to 40 hours), we can accommodate that as well. Hours are flexible and telework for some of the hours is an option. An anticipated start date is February/March 2017 (after hiring paperwork is completed).
Student Opportunities This position provides students with the opportunity to:
> Be exposed to cutting-edge developments in ensuring a strong link between science and the management it is intended to support,
> Work and network with USGS scientists and partners across the nation,
> Attend various webinars, seminars, and trainings related to their position, and
> Understand how USGS and other agencies operate and function while attending school and getting paid.
Activities Activities may include, but are not limited to:
> Assist in managing the policy and partnership development components of the overall NCCWSC-CSC enterprise. This includes:
Support for a Federal advisory committee, including compiling information for committee nominations, and responding to various committee requests,
Review of experiences with regional stakeholder advisory committees, leading to revision of the national terms of reference for these groups, and
Defining a NCCWSC / CSC strategy for developing an “adaptation science” portfolio – to assist decision makers in selecting adaptation options.
> Other activities as needed
> Willingness and ability to address policy and institutional relationship aspects of developing and applying climate-related science to adaptation decisions
> Excellent writing and interpersonal skills
> Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects at the same time
> Self-starter and willingness to take initiative with minimal guidance
> Familiarity with basic computer operations, “office” software, web navigation and searching, and database systems
This is not a research position, so specific subject matter expertise is not strictly required. However, an interest in environment, ecosystem, wildlife, or climate change disciplines is valuable.
Request for Resumes Applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their education and work experience toRobin O’Malley (email@example.com) by January 15, 2017.