The Arctic Rivers Project is a National Science Foundation-Navigating the New Arctic-funded project that is a collaboration between scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, USGS, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals. This interdisciplinary project seeks to develop useful and usable climate information to assist Indigenous communities throughout Alaska in adapting to the impacts of climate change particularly as it relates to fish, rivers, and extreme events. Researchers will work directly with community members from at least three Alaska Native Villages to weave their knowledge of and experiences with climate change impacts together with climate projections from a newly developed regional climate model for the state of Alaska.  

Tasks will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in workshops to be held in Alaska Native communities;
  • Developing interview questions and assisting with interviews of Alaska Native Knowledge Holders, Elders, and Decision makers;
  • Analyzing interview transcripts;
  • Assisting in the development of products to share the results of interviews such as manuscripts, storymaps, and community reports;
  • Attending project meetings (depending on the participant’s location these may be held outside of regular participation hours); and
  • Communicating regularly with community project partners.

Applications must include:

  • The online application;
  • Transcript(s) (for this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted);
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae; and
  • Two educational or professional recommendations.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

These positions are open to U.S. citizens 18 years of age or older that are currently pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in communications and graphics design, environmental and marine sciences, life health and medical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, or other non-science and engineering degrees.

Application deadline: Open until filled

For more information and to apply, go to: Full position description

For questions, contact:
Nicole Herman-Mercer, USGS
Phone: 703-935-7980