Now Hiring: EarthLab Grants & Financial Analyst

We are seeking a full-time Grants and Financial Analyst to join our Finance and Administration (F&A) Team, which supports critical processes that make our organization possible. EarthLab has complex funding with over 50 sponsored awards (grants), state funding, private foundation funding and individual support. These funds support the projects of our eight member organizations and our central operations. This is a full-time position with a salary range of $5800-$6200, depending on experience.

We believe every member on our team enriches our diversity by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. We are seeking candidates who are committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive work environment where all voices are considered and valued. In your cover letter, please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Learn more about the position and apply today


Now Hiring: Communications & Engagement Specialist (Project/Temporary)

EarthLab is accepting applications for a Communications and Engagement Specialist. This is a .8 FTE position with the expectation of a Monday-Thursday work schedule. The project is expected to start on May 1, 2022 and last between 6-9 months, though it may be extended. The salary range for this position at .8FTE is $5600-$6000/month, depending on experience, and this position qualifies for full benefits.

Using visuals and written word, this position is instrumental in educating/sharing stories about EarthLab’s mission and programs and amplifying voices of our eight member organizations and community within and outside of the UW. We are looking for an individual who is extremely organized, highly collaborative, exhibits attention to detail, is comfortable being responsible for several tasks simultaneously, engages with audiences/people from a wide spectrum of backgrounds and will welcome new challenges. With support from supervisors, the specialist will manage multiple projects that require different degrees of independence and team-based collaboration.

The Temporary Communications & Engagement Specialist will report to the EarthLab Executive Director, supporting the execution of EarthLab communications strategies and helping to increase and diversify our engagement with a wide variety of stakeholders.

In your cover letter, please include your experience, lived or professional, in the area of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 

View the full job description and apply now


New collaboration between UW and Seattle clean energy leaders seeks to increase diversity in the renewable energy industry through paid summer internship program

EarthLab and the Clean Energy Institute (CEI), two University of Washington (UW) environmental institutes, have announced a new partnership with LevelTen Energy, EnergyGPS, Google, and Steelhead Americas to bring more talented and diverse young professionals into the renewable energy industry by launching the Energy Scholars Mentorship Program. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. PT on April 15, 2022.

Over eight weeks between June and August 2022, undergraduate students from across the country will come together for a work experience and cohort curriculum specifically designed to equip them with the resources needed to enter and flourish in the clean energy industry. For participating students, this comprehensive program includes mentorship and networking opportunities with leaders in the renewable energy sphere, as well as a paid monthly stipend, travel and free accommodation at UW.

“Investing in clean energy is a crucial step in addressing climate change– for the wellbeing of our economy and our communities,” shared Ben Packard, EarthLab Executive Director. “However, we know that not everyone has equal access to the mentorship, training and professional networks that so often open the doors for successful careers in this booming field. We’re thrilled to be part of an innovative collective that’s actively trying to reduce barriers to opportunity in order to nurture skilled and passionate young professionals into sustainable industries that will be necessary in order for everyone to thrive in the long-term.”

The goal of the Energy Scholars Mentorship Program is to provide students with a thorough understanding of wholesale energy markets and renewable energy technology through hands-on projects, as well as essential foundations in analytical techniques and business writing. By developing real-world experience, participating scholars will be able to build the skills and establish the professional network needed to succeed in the renewable energy sector upon graduation.

“CEI looks forwarding to sharing groundbreaking clean energy research and technology with these future leaders and helping them prepare for their careers in this critical field,” said Clean Energy Institute Director Dan Schwartz. “We’re eager to bring our experience running hands-on summer programs for undergraduate students looking to make an impact in clean energy science and engineering, as well as our work with industry at the Washington Clean Energy Testbeds, to this unique internship program.”

Contact earthlab@uw.edu with any questions.


About EarthLab

EarthLab envisions a world where nature and people thrive. Part research engine and part community catalyst, EarthLab engages public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors in a shared and ongoing conversation that converts knowledge to action. Together, we identify the places where life on our planet is at greatest risk and co-create solutions that make a real impact on people’s lives and livelihoods. earthlab.uw.edu.

About Clean Energy Institute

The Clean Energy Institute (CEI) at the University of Washington was founded in 2013 with funds from the state of Washington. Our mission is to accelerate the adoption of a scalable clean energy future that will improve the health and economy of our state, nation, and world. To accomplish this, CEI supports the advancement of next-generation solar energy and battery materials and devices, as well as their integration with systems and the grid. The Institute creates the ideas and educates the people needed to generate these innovations, while facilitating the pathways to bring them to market. cei.washington.edu.


EarthLab unveils new paid summer internships for UW undergrads

EarthLab has announced a new paid summer internship program for University of Washington undergraduate students who are passionate about addressing challenging environmental issues. Currently enrolled students (as of Spring 2022) from all UW schools, colleges and campuses are eligible to apply by 5 p.m. PT on April 15, 2022.

This year’s program will run for 10 weeks between June-August, with student presentations expected in the fall. Internships will be hosted within EarthLab member organizations. Although each project is unique, interns will engage with and learn from each other while attending required training sessions and other group activities. Each student will be provided with a faculty or research scientist mentor and will receive a weekly stipend based on the hours required for the project.

“We know that if we are going to effectively and equitably address environmental issues, we must rethink how we train the next generation of leaders, researchers and scholars,” said Ben Packard, EarthLab’s executive director. “We’re excited to offer this new opportunity for undergraduate students to build capacity for interdisciplinary, community-engaged environmental work.” 

EarthLab is offering a live information session over Zoom on March 29 at 4:30 p.m. PT. Anyone interested in learning more about the program is encouraged to attend and ask questions. The session will be recorded and shared on the EarthLab website.

Register for the information session now.

While the available projects span a variety of subjects, experiences and time commitments, students may apply to more than one project. They should note that many opportunities will require some remote work and some in-person work, following all safety protocols. The number of hours per week include required mentor meetings, group discussions and professional development trainings hosted by EarthLab. 

2022 placements include:

Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE)

  • Climate Health Risk Tool Intern (15 hrs/week)
  • Grant Application Support Intern (15 hrs/week)

Climate Impacts Group (CIG)

  • Northwest Climate Resilience Collaborative (NCRC) Intern (30 hrs/week)

Nature and Health 

  • Green Schoolyards Project Intern (30 hrs/week)
  • Forest Bathing Research Assistant (40 hrs/week)
  • Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (IWRI) Intern (20 hrs/week)

Washington Ocean Acidification Center (WOAC)

  • Ocean Literacy Intern (15 hrs/week)
  • Ocean Acidification Intern (25 hrs/week)
  • Zooplankton Diversity Intern (40 hrs/week)

Learn more about EarthLab Summer Internships, including how to apply

Contact earthlab@uw.edu with any questions.


Now Hiring: DDCSP Program Assistant

EarthLab at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, invites applications for the temporarypart-time position of Program Assistant to the UW Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP@UW). This 3-month position is based in Seattle and will run from May 2, 2022 until August 13, 2022. The pay range for this position is $17.45 – $23.16/Hour, depending upon experience.

The program assistant position is an exciting opportunity to support an innovative fellowship program for undergraduates from any major that aims to transform conservation practice and inclusiveness on a national scale. DDCSP@UW is a 15-month program composed of a first-summer undergraduate immersion learning experience in the Pacific Northwest, a second-summer internship with a regional organization, and distance learning and support through the academic year between summers.

This position will provide communication and activity support for the first and second summer immersion program elements, and the 40 scholars who will travel to Washington state to participate in the program. The program assistant will assist the program coordinator in the arrangement of travel, housing, lodging, financial, and communication logistics for the scholars. The program assistant will be responsible for pre-summer communication, establishing and maintaining scholar records, and participant onboarding. This role will also help coordinate activities and field trips for the first and second summer immersion program elements.  The program assistant will assist the program coordinator with the yearly Conservation Summit, including planning, communication, and budget maintenance. The position may be conducted remotely until May 30th, at which point in-person work will be required.

DDCSP@UW seeks to support students from underrepresented and minoritized communities in conservation; our ultimate goal is to support scholars in finding a conservation practice and career path that is right for them. The program immerses scholars in biocultural conservation and sustainable management of species, lands and waters, in both urban and rural contexts, and promotes the use of a broad range of disciplines, knowledge and practices. We explore regional challenges and on-the-ground conservation efforts throughout Western Washington, in partnership with researchers, community-based organizations, NGOs, local, state and federal agencies, and Tribal nations. DDCSP@UW centers equity and justice and explores the intersections of biodiversity conservation and environmental justice through critical analysis of human interactions with each other and the rest of the natural world.

DDCSP@UW is committed to shifting the demographic landscape at resource agencies and conservation institutions to more accurately reflect the multitude and multiethnic society of today and tomorrow, and strongly encourages applications from candidates who will enrich that mission. (See http://uwconservationscholars.org/ and http://earthlab.uw.edu/members-and-affiliates/doris-duke-conservation-scholars/)

View the full job description and apply now


Now Hiring: Ocean Nexus Grants and Operations Specialist


ORISE Fellowship Opportunity with the NW CASC

The U.S. Geological Survey is currently accepting applications for an ORISE Fellowship with the NW CASC! This fellowship will focus on synthesizing research results from NW CASC-funded projects from 2017 through present and creating a series of “state of science” reports on topics identified in the NW CASC Science Agenda for 2018-2023. This is a one-year, full-time position based in Corvallis, Oregon, with a possibility of telework and a possible extension for two additional years. Master’s or doctoral degree required. Application deadline is January 31, 2022. 


Become a DDCSP @ UW Mentor This Summer

Are you:

  • Committed to providing a work environment that affirms lived experiences of young conservationists?
  • Excited to provide professional mentoring to students and receive their knowledge and perspectives?
  • Able to co-design an 8-week internship project with a student that delivers a tangible product or outcome?
  • Willing to engage colleagues and co-workers on the topics of equity and inclusion in conservation?

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program @UW is seeking mentors for the 2022 summer cohort! DDCSP@UW supports scholars in finding a conservation practice and career path that is right for them. They promote interdisciplinary, biocultural conservation of lands, waters and species that is responsive to the needs and values of all communities.

Download the flyer (PDF)

students in sunset light on mountain

2022 Mentor Timeline & Commitments

Mar. 7-11 • Prospective mentors will host informational interviews for scholars and review scholar interest forms (~2 hr)
Mar. 28 • Prospective mentors are informed if matched with interns
Apr-May • Three pre-internship calls with interns (~ 5 hr)
• DDCSP Mentor Orientations (~ 3 hr)

Jun. 20-Aug. 14

Core of Mentorship

• Provide scholar with mentor support over 7 weeks
(~5-10 hr/week)
• Support scholar in finalizing internship capstone and presentation for host organization (~5 hr)
• Attend Conservation Summit Aug 13 (~8 hr)
Aug. 15-30 • Follow-up call with DDCSP@UW staff (~ 1 hr)

Interested in being a mentor for the 2022 summer?


Apply Now for a new Ocean Nexus Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow Position (based within Dalhousie University)

The Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University, in partnership with the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center at the University of Washington EarthLab, are hiring a Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) for a project aiming to evaluate economic security outcomes of public social safety measures in coastal and fishing communities and explore what policy solutions would best support marginalized and under-served populations of the seafood sector. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis by January 31, 2022.


Application Now Open for Future Rivers Cohort 2022/23

Future Rivers is now accepting applications for their third cohort, to begin Autumn quarter 2022. Please spread the word and encourage any prospective or current PhD or Masters students from any discipline across campus to apply by January 28, 2022 to be considered for funding.