Assistant Research Scientist (Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program)

Tucson, AZ, US

Position Information

Title (UPDATED) Assistant Research Scientist, NNCAP
Department Institute of the Environment (2530)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

Please Note: The position summary has been slightly modified and the ‘Contact Information for Candidates’ section has been updated.

The mission of University of Arizona’s Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions and Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program (CCASS/NNCAP) is to work collaboratively with Native American tribes and indigenous populations in the western United States to develop and implement solutions to their environmental concerns, especially those related to climate and climate change impacts. NNCAP is seeking an Assistant Research Scientist to support this mission by developing tribal-specific climate information, providing technical support to tribes’ climate change adaptation planning efforts, developing educational modules for use in training tribal environmental professionals, and helping to coordinate other NNCAP efforts such as convening meetings related to tribal climate adaptation efforts. The incumbent will work closely with staff members from CCASS, NNCAP, and the Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC), all of which are based in the Institute of the Environment.

This position will require travel (2-3 day trips) up to once/month, generally in the southwest region of the U.S.

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Duties & Responsibilities

• Assist CCASS/NNCAP faculty affiliates with the compilation of climate information relevant to tribal environmental management decisions.
• Assist with the development and presentation (written and oral) of climate information to tribal resource managers, elected leaders, and community members.
• Provide technical assistance – including grant-writing and planning – to tribes in the Southwest who are engaged in climate change adaptation planning efforts.
• Assist in the development of climate change education modules for tribal environmental professionals.
• Assist the NNCAP Coordinator with planning, implementation, and facilitation of meetings and events related to tribal climate adaptation planning efforts.
• Proactively engage with tribal representatives seeking support for climate change adaptation planning efforts.
• Undertake research related to successful climate change adaptation strategies and approaches for tribes.
• Evaluate the outcomes of NNCAP’s collaboration with tribes and the impact of adaptation strategies.
• Author and/or contribute to peer-reviewed papers.
• Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

• Graduate degree and/or at least three years of experience, in an area of science relevant to climate change, including the social sciences and public health;
• Familiarity with recent climate change research;
• Ability to assist in development and evaluation of resource management plans and climate change adaptation plans;
• Experience with grant writing;
• Strong oral and written communication skills, especially the ability to articulate relevant climate change-related issues and concepts to Native American communities and non-scientists generally;
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a collaborative team member;
• Knowledge of consensus building and group facilitation processes;
• Demonstrated ability to organize, prioritize, and manage multiple projects;
• Willingness and ability to travel approximately 3 days/month on average;
• Ability to write reports and produce products and presentations for a wide range of audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

• Basic understanding of Native American traditional knowledges or “traditional ecological knowledge” among Southwest tribes, although not required, is highly desirable;

FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes – Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information


Posting Number A21144
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date  
Position End Date (if temporary)  
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Kathy Jacobs
[email protected]

Open Date 09/20/2016
Close Date  
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 10/13/2016
Special Instructions to Applicant  
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