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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: California Climate Scientist (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Mon, 6 Aug 2012 21:07:54 +0000

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California Climate Scientist
Climate and Energy Program
Berkeley, CA Office

The California Climate Scientist will design and carry out research on
the preparedness of vulnerable sectors and populations in California to
cope with the current and projected impacts of climate change. Carry out
related outreach activities to strategically raise awareness in
California of the climate change consequences, including ecological and
economic costs that can be avoided by sound climate policies. Help lead
UCS’s efforts to provide the California and US public and policymakers
with robust, timely, accessible and policy-relevant information on
climate science. Provide research and expert technical and analytical
advice to campaigns in California and other states as needed. Carry out
related research, outreach, and media activities, primarily focused on
climate work in California. Provide project management and staff
supervision when needed.

Plan, design, and carry out primary analysis of climate change on key
sectors and populations in California and western states, taking into
account technical feasibility, opportunities for effective collaboration
with key regionally-based experts and influential stakeholders, policy
relevance within the context of the UCS California office plan and with
UCS’s climate campaign objectives.
Working from the UCS office in California, help develop, review and
ensure high quality of materials on climate science and adaptation,
including but not limited to press releases, web pages, science briefs,
draft legislation, expert testimony, and public presentations.
Establish and maintain strong working relationships with relevant
experts and influential stakeholders at other institutions to exchange
information, share resources, and generally strengthen UCSs leadership
role on climate science and impacts in California and other western states.
Serve as project leader who guides the research design, external expert
collaborator engagement, and works with key staff on the media and
outreach aspects of major reports.
Serve as an advisor or resource on research or outreach projects led by
other project leaders.
Serve as lead UCS spokesperson on climate science and impacts in
California to the media and public, scientific and policy forums.
Support and strengthen visibility and leadership opportunities for
senior UCS staff on California climate science and policy.
A small percentage of time will be devoted to supporting foundation and
fundraising efforts.
Provide support for the other UCS offices that may need periodic climate
science review or input for high priority projects.
Stay up-to-date on the latest climate relevant publications, reports and
science developments that are typically a broader area of science,
impacts, mitigation, and adaptation than your traditional area of
Work in close coordination with the other scientists in the organization.
Supervise consultants, volunteers, or staff, as appropriate

Qualifications and experience Position requires an in-depth knowledge of
climate science, impacts and preparedness and demonstrable ability to
understand the public policy aspects of climate change and the role of
technical analyses and advocacy in informing public opinion and policy
debates. Knowledge of California-focused climate science and policy is
highly desirable. Position also requires strong public speaking skills,
a demonstrable ability to write for non-technical audiences, and the
ability to work both independently and as a member of a
multidisciplinary team.

PhD in a relevant field required. Formal education can be from a range
of areas of specialization relevant to the broad scope of climate change
science, impacts and sustainable paths forward. These include, but are
not limited to climate-relevant research in the atmosphere, ecosystems,
land use, agriculture, hydrology, and oceans. Spanish language skills
are highly desirable.

Work requires five to seven years of progressively responsible and
relevant work experience, such as collaborative work in academic
research teams or government research programs or the application of
climate science to public policy and experience in communicating science
to a wide variety of audiences. Strong communication and teamwork skills
are essential. Extensive experience managing scientific and technical
groups and supervising research staff is a distinct advantage. National
and international experience and existing relationships in the climate
science and climate policy communities is desirable.

Compensation, Hours and Location: This is a full time position based in
UCS’s Berkeley, CA office. The salary is in the high $80,000s for
candidates who meet all position requirements. UCS offers excellent
benefits and is an equal opportunity employer continually seeking to
diversify its staff. Information about the organization is available at

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, salary requirements, how you
learned about the position and resume via email to <> and
include “CA Climate Scientist” in the subject line. Email materials in
Word or PDF format only. No phone calls please. Deadline: September 7,
2012 or until filled.

View this job description online at <>

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