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Vanessa Schweizer vanessa at ucar.edu
Mon Jul 22 10:29:13 MDT 2013

Potentially of interest -- Climate-Health Science Fellowship at the
National Resources Defense Council in Washington, DC.

Vanessa Schweizer
Postgraduate Scientist
Climate and Global Dynamics (CGD) Division &
Integrated Science Program (ISP)
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)
P.O. Box 3000 | Boulder, CO 80307 | USA

Phone: +1 (303) 497-1713
Fax: +1 (303) 497-1314

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We have a new Science Fellow position just announced at NRDC in our
Washington DC office. It is a perfect position for a recent PHD or postdoc
with the below expertise.
You can apply online here:
Center Fellow

Job Description
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is the nation's most effective
environmental action organization. We use law, science and the support of
1.3 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife
and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living
things. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of
America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and
many of the implementing regulations; our water enforcement cases played a
major role shaping current water policy throughout the country. Today, our
staff of more than 430 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy and
communications experts, and others, work out of offices in New York,
Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Livingston, Montana and

Position Summary:
NRDC is seeking a two-year Climate-Health Science Fellow in our Washington
DC office. The Fellow will be supported by NRDC's Science Center, whose
mission is to expand NRDC's scientific capabilities and increase support
for the role of science in public policy, and will work with NRDC's Climate
and Clean Air Program policy and campaign staff as well as NRDC's health
and climate scientists. The Fellow will analyze the current scientific
research and data on the local impacts of climate change on human health in
the U.S., and use geospatial analysis to portray the information in a
compelling geographic representation that will be informed by our policy
The research projects the Fellow will pursue shall focus on examining and
analyzing newly-accessible datasets and cutting-edge research on
climate-health related effects and environmental indicators. A central
reservoir of this information and data is the U.S. Global Change Research
Program (USGCRP), a Federal program that coordinates and integrates global
change research across thirteen government agencies. A key study is the
USGRCP's draft third National Climate Assessment (NCA) report that
documents how climate change impacts regions and sectors across the United
States, and society's responses to climate change. The other principal new
geographic resource the Fellow will explore is the comprehensive dataset
available now from the federal Climate Change and Human Health Group
through its launch of the Metadata Access Tool for Climate and Health
(MATCH). The Fellow will manage the acquisition and aggregation of these
and other climate-health geospatial and social data sources from disparate
formats into a single geodatabase for visualization and analysis in desktop
GIS applications and web-mapping applications.
The Fellow will develop maps and geographic tools that translate and expand
on the information in the NCA report, and "connect the dots" locally to
influence decision makers and inform some of the most climate-vulnerable
communities. There will be an additional focus on Environmental Justice
(EJ) concerns among the locations and communities bearing the greatest
burden of climate-health effects.

Responsibilities will include producing data products that localize and
individualize the information for targeted populations, including
communities of color, low-income, underinsured, and health impaired. The
products will be made available and useable for scientists, impacted
communities, policymakers and members of the environmental and EJ
communities. The Fellow will work with the NRDC advisory team to describe,
interpret and disseminate the results. Finally, another part of the
Fellow's project work would be to partner with environmental justice (EJ)
communities to select priority health vulnerabilities to map in up to 5 of
priority communities, and develop a joint report with NRDC and EJ coalition
partners as co-authors.
The Fellow's work will result in one or more manuscripts for submission to
peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journals, with the goal of publishing
articles in the scientific literature. The Fellow will also use NRDC's
outreach capacity and its relationships with government decision-makers to
communicate results as they are available. This will ensure that the
Fellow's work will be relevant to critical policy decisions soon after the
beginning of her/his assignment.
The Fellow will be located in NRDC's Washington, DC office. During the
two-year fellowship, the Fellow will also participate in activities related
to NRDC's Science Center and receive additional guidance and mentoring from
Science Center staff.
Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, which addresses:
(a) why the fellowship is desired; (b) how the candidate is qualified; (c)
what project-related issues interest the candidate; and (d) how the
candidate hopes the fellowship will affect her/his career goals. Applicants
should also submit a resume, writing sample, and any example spatial
analyses/maps that were conducted or developed by the candidate.

Required Qualifications:
*       Ph.D. in Geography, or Climate-health science related field with
strong GIS skills; Medical Geography specialty a plus.
*       Strong technical skills using ArcGIS Desktop 10.
*       Experience with metadata analysis, data conversion, cartography,
and data quality control.
*       Experience in scripting data management and conversion tasks.
*       Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision and clearly
communicate and interact in a small team environment.
*       Excellent writing skills.
Desirable Qualifications:
*       Expertise and background in climate science with an interest in
climate-health impacts.
*       MPH would be beneficial.
*       Background or interest in working on environmental justice
climate-health concerns.
*       Experience working with local community groups, EJ groups,
industry, academia, NGOs, and state and federal government officials.
*       Working knowledge of ArcGIS Server 10.
*       Knowledge of open source mapping technologies, including GRASS, R,
OGR/GDAL, PostGIS, and others.

NRDC is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are equal
opportunity employers and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital
status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other
characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. We offer
competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working
environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with
To apply, please create a profile and upload your resume and cover letter
by August 31, 2013. No phone calls or faxes please. Please reference where
you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

If you are having technical difficulty while applying, please reach out to
Customer Care by dialing 1-866-803-9663.
For further information about NRDC, please visit www.nrdc.org

Job Location
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Position Type

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