Job Posting: Climate Science and Impacts Staff Scientist Position

Climate Science and Impacts Staff Scientist Position (posted JUNE 4, 2003) The Union of Concerned Scientists seeks an individual to serve as climate change staff scientist and member of the Sound Science Initiative project team. Under the direction of the Deputy Director of the Global Environment Program, s/he will: Provide substantive guidance of UCS work to assess and publicize the ecological and societal impacts of climate change in specific regions of the United States. Design and guide collaborative analyses of the projected impacts of climate change on key sectors (agriculture, water resources tourism, coasts, etc). Lead production of report(s) and participate in the design and implementation of outreach and media strategies. Help craft project grant proposals and reports and manage relevant budgets. Initial focus will be on California with likely expansion to climate impacts activities in other regions of the US. Identify, develop and implement activities to strengthen public and policymaker understanding of climate change, the effectiveness of key climate science institutions and the sound representation of climate change science and impacts in the media including activities to support the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Maintain strong working relationships with prominent scientists in climate related fields, and engage members of the scientific community in UCS activities. Provide technical review of scientific and policy aspects of UCS climate change materials. Tailor the style and content of materials for technical and/or general audiences, as appropriate. Serve as media spokesperson on climate science and impacts issues. Maintain knowledge of developments and trends on key aspects of climate and global change science and help to determine appropriate UCS activities. Position requires in-depth knowledge of global change science, including the ecological and/or societal impacts of climate change, generally acquired through completion of a Ph.D in a relevant field, demonstrable skills in project management, an ability to understand the public policy aspects of climate change, strong public speaking skills, demonstrable ability to write for general audiences, and the ability to work both independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team. Successful candidates will have at least two years of related professional experience, including experience in communicating science to non-specialists and in developing and guiding collaborative projects. Supervisory experience is highly desirable. The position will be based in our Cambridge headquarters. Some travel will be required. To apply, send cover letter, vita, writing sample, and names of three references to: Deputy Director, Global Environment Union of Concerned Scientists Two Brattle Square Cambridge MA 02238 Email: No phone calls, please. UCS is an equal opportunity employer that continually seeks to diversify its staff and provides competitive salary, excellent benefits, and a rewarding working environment. More information is available at
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