Opportunity: Fellowship – Doctoral Residency in Science Communication, USGS NW CSC/MOSS
Doctoral Residency in Science Communication
USGS Northwest Climate Science Center and UI-CNR McCall Outdoor Science
School, McCall, Idaho
*Diversify your skillset and expand your professional network through this integrative fellowship opportunity!*
The Doctoral Residency in Science Communication is a 12-month doctoral fellowship sponsored by the United States Geological Survey Northwest Climate Science Center (USGS NW CSC) and the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), a program of the University of Idaho’s College of Natural Resources (UI-CNR). During this residency, the Fellow will live and work at the UI-CNR McCall Field Campus and undertake an immersive program in climate-related science communication through guided study and mentored practice with a cohort of other graduate students. *The Fellow will receive an assistantship of $22,000 plus MOSS tuition and fees. *
- Elements of the fellowship include: Targeted graduate coursework in science communication, place-based education, leadership, and ecology. Coursework will lead to completion of a Graduate Certificate in Place-Based Science, Education and Communication from the University of Idaho.
- Participation in the 2016 USGS Climate Science Boot Camp at McCall, ID.
- Mentored teaching of MS-level graduate students (as a Teaching Assistant).
- Mentored teaching of K-12 students participating in MOSS residential science education programs as a field instructor and guest scientist.
- Opportunities for communicating climate science to various public adult audiences engaged in the MOSS network.
An integrative approach to combining progress in the Fellow’s ongoing doctoral program with the graduate residency. A highlight of the program will be assisting in the planning and implementation of the 2017 USGS Climate Science Boot Camp for early career professionals and graduate students to be held at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest. This provides an pportunity for expanding the scientific and professional network of the Fellow through cohort interactions with graduate students at the University of Idaho, University of Washington and Oregon State University, and through co-learning exercises with early career professionals in federal and state agencies, northwest region Native American tribes, and non-profit organizations. The
Boot Camp is an excellent opportunity to apply communication and education strategies developed through the MOSS fellowship.
The ideal candidate will be in the intermediate or final stages of their doctoral program, and pursuing research on a natural or social science aspect of climate change. Fellowship activities will be supervised and mentored by McCall-based UI-CNR faculty in collaboration with the student’s major advisor to ensure that learning and productivity goals are matched with the Fellow’s overall doctoral program. Additional mentorship is available through faculty at the three universities in the NW Climate Science Center network. The start date for the program is August 8, 2016.
To apply, please submit:
- A statement of career objectives (2-3 pages) that addresses the following:
a. An overview of your doctoral research, and how it relates to climate change science, mitigation, or adaptation,
b. How you see this fellowship supporting your personal, academic, and professional goals,
c. How your personal, academic, and professional experience has prepared you for this fellowship,
d. Your philosophies on teamwork and community living experience, and
e. Ideas for how your research could be applied to management, policy or communications.
- A letter of support (1-2 pages) from your major Ph.D. advisor, explaining:
a. Their overall assessment of your abilities relating to this
b. Their personal/professional interest (if any) in the goals of this fellowship, and
c. An acknowledgment that they have read your career objectives statement, and that they support you undertaking this residency program to live and work in McCall.
- Example of any one professional product that you have developed or co-developed. This product can range from a publication, to a website, to a video, to some other sort of media. Please describe your specific role(s) in developing the product.
- Your curriculum vita, including the names and contact information of 3 references in addition to your major Ph.D. advisor.
Application materials must be submitted electronically (with the subject line “MOSS/NWCSC Doctoral Fellowship”) to Dr. Lee Vierling (email@example.com) by February 15, 2016. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Karla Eitel (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Teresa Cohn (email@example.com), the Fellowship faculty leads based in McCall. Fellowship selection will occur by mid-late March.
Additional information about the UI-CNR McCall Field Campus and MOSS can be found at: http://www.uidaho.edu/cnr/moss.
Additional information about the USGS NW CSC Climate Science Center can be found at: https://www.nwclimatescience.org and http://www.doi.gov/csc/northwest/index.cfm.