Now Hiring: Associate Director of Advancement

The College of the Environment at the University of Washington is now hiring an Associate Director of Advancement for EarthLab. This position will be responsible for assisting in the planning, strategy-setting and delivery of activities to successfully secure gifts and grants for the College of the Environment (CoEnv) and its constituent units.  Efforts shall be focused on raising increasing levels of private support, for current use, endowment, and capital purposes, benefiting CoEnv students, faculty, staff, programs, and college leaders.

The Associate Director of Advancement (ADOA) works closely with both the Senior Director for Advancement and the Associate Dean for Advancement in fulfilling annual goals and objectives.  This person is expected to work closely with University Advancement and unit colleagues, including marketing and communications staff, and academic leaders and volunteers to identify, engage, and solicit prospective major gift donors.  The ADOA will have assigned responsibility for oversight and coordination of fundraising programs in one or more academic departments.


Frontline Fundraising
• Manage a portfolio of major gift prospects for EarthLab and for the department of Earth and Space Sciences, with an emphasis on Top 25 prospects who will be solicited within 12-18 months.  Develop and implement solicitation strategies for each assigned major gift prospect taking into account established best practices and metrics for performance, e.g., substantive contacts, with an emphasis on substantial contacts.
• Special emphasis shall be placed on identifying lead prospects for emerging campaign initiatives, and will require cultivating and soliciting individuals, foundations, corporations, and other organizations in close cooperation with associated frontline fundraisers in the College of the Environment and across the University.
• Manage the identification, engagement, solicitation, and stewarding of a portfolio of major gift prospects and donors for the CoEnv.
• Participate cooperatively and regularly in the University’s prospect management and tracking system, following established protocols and best practices.  Make regular use of the full range of Advancement’s database capabilities.
• Prepare written and verbal proposals, case statements, concept/informational materials, endowment agreements, gift illustrations, and other materials needed to secure gifts and grants.
• Work closely with unit colleagues as well as those in Regional and Internal Giving, Principal Gifts, Planned Giving, and Corporate & Foundation Relations in preparing and executing engagement and solicitation strategies for assigned prospects.

Strategy Development
• Provide strategic leadership to and support for the heads of assigned academic/administrative units, as well as faculty and administrators in designing and implementing strategies and efforts to sustain and increase major gift and alumni support.  Coordinate the participation of administrators, academic leaders, volunteers, and development staff in implementing work along the full donor continuum.
• Develop and implement strategies in working with and cultivating private support and volunteer opportunities with diverse communities and individual prospects.

Program Development and Management
• Work closely with the College’s Advancement colleagues, including the Marketing & Communications team, in helping develop appropriate marketing materials targeting a diverse range of constituents, with special emphasis on major gift prospects and thoughts leaders.
• In consultation with the Senior Director for Advancement and Assistant Dean for Advancement, create an annual personalized work plan for accomplishing specific priority goals and objectives in coordination with overall unit Advancement goals as outlined in annual plans. Provide at least quarterly reports noting progress and challenges.
• Participate in the development of (i) policies and procedures relating to the Advancement program, (ii) marketing materials for the major gift work, and (iii) cultivation and stewardship activities and events; and (iv) work strategic planning opportunities as needed.

Other duties as assigned.

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EarthLab Member Organization NW CASC is hiring a Deputy University Director

Now Hiring: EarthLab Data Scientist

EarthLab is seeking a full-time Data Scientist for research on outdoor recreation and nature-based tourism. The employee will join a team of researchers and practitioners who develop novel methods and information to inform public land management and improve opportunities for outdoor recreation. The successful candidate will advance methods that mix traditional survey methods with data from citizen science, social media, and mobile applications to more effectively measure visitation to public lands and generate fine-scale maps of where and how people recreate outdoors.  The Data Scientist will be responsible for developing, improving, and maintaining existing analysis workflows. They will also be involved in many aspects of data management, analysis, and visualization to support projects with academic, governmental, and NGO partners.  The successful candidate will be an organized, friendly, self-directed individual who is passionate about working on collaborative projects for social good.

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.

When applying, please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interests in the position through the UW hiring portal.
For more information, email Spencer Wood (

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EarthLab Member Organization CIG is Hiring a Director

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 monthly salary range for this position at .8 FTE is between $4480-$4800 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. 

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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.”

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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.

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.

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

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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 and

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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.