Currently Hiring:

One-Year Fellowship (focus: justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) (DUE end of day 14 November)

About the Position
The Program for Local Adaptation to Climate Effects: Sea Level Rise (PLACE:SLR) currently is working in close partnership with USFWS on several projects to which a Fellow would bring welcomed capacity. The first is a recently funded NOAA Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment (RISA) planning grant to scope for a RISA focused on climate, health, and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion issues. The U.S. Southeast, including the Caribbean, lacks a RISA and there is no RISA in the US with an explicit Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion focus. The Fellow would provide capacity to the project, have an opportunity to continue working on the RISA, if a full RISA is funded, and gain valuable exposure to both the issues at hand and a network that spans across a multitude of states, agencies, and focal areas. Another project to which the Fellow could contribute is to facilitate the maintenance of relationships with underserved communities in the northern Gulf. PLACE:SLR recently partnered on the development of a series of recommended best practices when engaging underserved communities on issues of chronic flood risk. We have since begun work to put the best practices into action so they may be further refined and enhanced. A critical component of this work is to maintain relationships and bring capacity across a variety of issues – not just flood risk; therefore, a fellow would have the opportunity to support and experience these kinds of relationships firsthand. They would both expand capacity for the effort, while receiving valuable learning opportunities. Additionally, we would encourage the Fellow, as they learn and grow in the issues, to consider their own projects or efforts to be pursued by the joint partnership between PLACE:SLR and the USFWS. Finally, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of additional Extension, outreach, and educational activities around sea-level rise and climate communication with multiple audiences.

The fellow will also receive semi-structured mentorship throughout their programming, working closely with their primary mentors from PLACE: SLR and USFWS to identify other critical professional contacts from whom they would gain valuable guidance and leadership. This approach builds on the concepts that all professionals should have a network of mentors and not just one.

Fellows will be hired as one-year term, full-time employees at Mississippi State University and will be based in Biloxi, MS at the Coastal Research and Extension Center. This includes a $40,000 stipend and full health benefits. The fellowship runs from Jan 1 – Dec 1, 2022; however, there is some flexibility with start date and location.

Primary Responsibilities
The primary responsibilities of the selected applicant will be to lead and/or assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of an applied science program. These duties will include activities such as, but not limited to:
* Organizing meetings
* Leading and assisting with trainings
* Leading and assisting with the preparation and dissemination of outreach materials, Extension publications, and technical reports
* Performing research activities, such as literature reviews and sample collection/processing
* Documenting successes and conducting assessments of various activities in conjunction with the mentor
* Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment.

Preferred Qualifications
* Masters degree with major course work in a curriculum appropriate for the field of assignment
* Extension, applied research, outreach, or education experience;
* Experience and/or interest in working with underserved, frontline communities on issues related to health and/or climate change;
* Experience communicating with a multitude of audiences in-person and online/virtually

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
* Highly flexible: ability to adapt to a rapidly changing schedule
* Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize multiple demands
* Strong oral and written communication skills
* Knowledge and skills in using Microsoft Office Suites especially Word, Excel, PowerPoint; knowledge and skills in document/project management/sharing platforms (e.g. Google Drive, Basecamp, etc.)

Working Conditions and Physical Effort
* Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
* Requires substantial routine travel, including some overnight trips
* Valid Driver’s License
* Working remotely may be allowed for this position.

Instructions for Applying
All applicants must apply online at by submitting a professional staff application and attaching a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts. Any social security numbers included on requested transcripts should be redacted prior to submitting online.

In addition to the online application, the same cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript must be emailed to In the cover letter, highlight relevant past experiences and provide examples of opportunities or experiences you have or hope to establish with the communities mentioned in the job description.

Deadline: Applications must be turned in by the end of the day on Sunday, 14 November.