Careers

The following positions are currently open at Woodwell Climate Research Center:

Woodwell Climate Research Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to not discriminate against any applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability or because they are a protected veteran.

Diversity, equity and inclusion at Woodwell

WE NEED ALL VOICES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.

 


 

Research Assistant — Soil Carbon Monitoring

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks a research assistant to join our soil carbon lab working to support research related to the development of soil spectroscopy for carbon monitoring and other applications. The position will involve field, laboratory and data analysis tasks. The successful candidate will work closely with the lead scientists and postdoctoral fellows but also have responsibility to deliver and report on projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Field sampling and field-based sensor use for soil carbon monitoring.
  • Soil sample preparation for routine laboratory analyses.
  • Analyze soil samples on an infrared spectrophotometer and elemental analyzer.
  • Calibrate/validate predictive models from soil spectral data for numerous soil properties.
  • Create spatial maps of soil properties.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and present results in collaboration with others.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • B.S. degree in Soil Science, Earth System Science, Geography, or a related discipline, Master’s preferred.
  • Knowledge and interest in soil carbon science and soil resource monitoring.
  • Ability to conduct local and remote field work.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience.
  • Demonstrated data analysis skills.
  • Ability to implement complex R code and learn new skills as needed.
  • A passion for open data science.
  • Experience with geospatial analysis of data, preferred.
  • Scientific writing for peer-reviewed publication, preferred.
  • Demonstrated application of multivariate and machine learning models, preferred.
  • Experience with high performance computing on a cluster or in cloud environment, preferred.

Work Environment:

The functions of this role are conducted in variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors.

  • In the lab, this role may be exposed to harsh substances and allergens
  • In the field, this role may be exposed to extreme and prolonged temperatures, both hot and cold, extreme and prolonged weather conditions, extreme and prolonged darkness and brightness, harsh substances, and allergens

Application Deadline:  April 23, 2021, or until filled.

Desired Start Date: June 1, 2021

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is  This is a one-year fixed-term position with the potential to extend. The salary range is $48-55,000 per annually. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type JSPD21 in the subject line.

 


 

Research Assistant — Physical Climate Risk

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

Woodwell seeks to a hire a scientific research assistant to join our climate risk group. This is an opportunity for early career scientists. Your role will be in support of ongoing efforts to understand the nature and extent of near-term physical risk to ecosystems, economies, societies, and associated social justice impacts. You will work with a range of external partners; from city and municipal leaders in the United States and abroad to asset management companies, pension funds, influencers, environmental nongovernmental organizations and national security think tanks. You will use global/regional climate model simulations with Earth observations to quantify physical risk across a suite of climate perils, including, but not limited to: flooding to famines, hurricanes to heat stress, and sea level rise to severe wildfire risk. This position requires familiarity with geospatial data, “big data” analytics, and advanced programming skills—with emphasis on Linux and cloud-based computing on Google Cloud Platform and Google Earth Engine. Successful candidates are familiar with CMIP5/CMIP6 generation simulation experiments, are intellectually curious and possess a high level of quantitative literacy.

Responsibilities:

  • Process and analyze multi-temporal geospatial data (with emphasis on NetCDF format), primarily climate model output and observations.
  • Develop metrics of climate stress to inform physical risk and downstream consequences on human systems and the built environment.
  • Harmonize global climate model output with observational databases.
  • Consider societal impact of climate change, including environmental and climate justice inequities.
  • Develop current and future maps and other graphics of various climate risk indices.
  • Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results. We do academic-grade work at a corporate pace.
  • Work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced, cross-disciplinary environment to analyze, synthesize, and present results.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • M.S. (preferred) or B.S. (with commensurate experience) degree in physical or environmental science, geography, mathematics or a science-related discipline, with demonstrated strong data analysis skills.
  • Experience managing large (data volumes for analysis and visualization in a Linux environment and/or Google Earth Engine and/or other cloud-based platform.
  • Ability to develop programming code (e.g., R, Python, CDO, NCO, GEE), create and manage scientific workflows and learn new skills as needed.
  • Knowledge and interest in global climate change and climate social justice research.
  • Ability to assess and implement appropriate computational needs
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Ability to work independently and in a highly collaborative environment.

Application Deadline: May 7, 2021.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible.

Fixed-term: This is a one-year fixed-term position. The position is funded for 3 years, renewal beyond fixed-term is contingent upon satisfactory job performance.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the salary range is competitive. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts or remote.

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references in one PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Please type CSRA21-2 in the subject line.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Arctic Carbon Monitoring

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on a project focused on carbon cycling in arctic and boreal environments. The postdoctoral researcher will lead the field component of this project, which includes extensive field-based research in the Yukon Kuskokwim (YK) Delta, Alaska. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of scientists at the Woods Hole Research Center and collaborators at other institutions to integrate the field observations with synthesis, remote sensing, and modeling data; contribute to the development of a web-based visualization platform; and engage the scientific community and other stakeholders at workshops and other venues.

Responsibilities:

  • Advance understanding of the processes driving tundra carbon fluxes in the context of permafrost thaw and wildfire.
  • Work closely with research team to design field campaigns to examine the drivers and magnitude of terrestrial and aquatic carbon fluxes in the YK Delta.
  • Conduct research in a remote field site.
  • Lead field measurements that include plant community composition, terrestrial ecosystem carbon and nutrient pools, aquatic chemistry, and CO2 and CH4 fluxes from aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems using chamber-based and eddy covariance methods.
  • Coordinate field- and lab-based research activities, including oversight of project research assistants.
  • Engage with scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders at workshops and meetings.

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Ecology, or a related discipline.
  • Experience leading a large field-based research campaign.
  • Knowledge of arctic tundra carbon cycling (CO2 and CH4).
  • Expertise with eddy covariance methodology is strongly desired; experience and willingness to learn new techniques and methodologies is required.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new directions.
  • Experience or interest in interacting with stakeholders (e.g., policy makers, community members, natural resource managers) is strongly desired.

Application Deadline: May 21, 2021

Desired Start Date: June or July, 2021

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $60,000 to $65,000. This is a 2-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type SNPD-21 in the subject line.

 


 

Communications Intern

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

The Communications Group at Woodwell seeks a summer intern to support the department’s website content and science story telling.

Responsibilities:

  • Write extensive bios for all post-docs.
  • Help with building project pages and linking them to staff bio pages.
  • Ideally, we are looking for someone with writing/interviewing skills and familiarity with the backend of websites (content management systems).

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled as a college/university student (proof of enrollment will be required if selected for an internship)
  • Must be a rising Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate student
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Excellent writing and interviewing skills
  • Familiarity with content management systems.
  • Experience with graphic design software (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) preferred
  • Flexible
  • Organized
  • Self-motivated and self-driven
  • Please note this position will be remote with some opportunities to be on the Woodwell Campus based on the latest public health guidance.

Application Deadline:  May 14, 2021 or until filled

Desired Start Date: June 14, 2021

Classification and Compensation: This is a 10-week summer internship from June 14 through August 20, 2021.

Location: Remote or Falmouth, Massachusetts

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type HGCI21 in the subject line.

 


 

Development and Communications Intern

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance science-based climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

The Communications and Development departments at Woodwell seek a summer intern to support the communications and development teams.

Responsibilities:

  • Write content stories of different areas of our work that evoke hope and action to promote engagement of our community and donors.
  • Help design campaign for Giving Tuesday with the goal to promote awareness of our work and encourage engagement from our community.
  • Help to synthesize a year of impact of our work into compelling facts and stats that give a clear picture of who we are and what we do.
  • Brainstorm and conceptualize ideas for community engagement with a fundraising intent.
  • Write content and development marketing materials as needed to prepare for FY22 fundraising cycle.
  • Participate in logistical support needs like mailing packages and helping to prep for events.
  • Assist with establishing a management partner for 3rd party swag ordering.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Currently enrolled as a college/university student (proof of enrollment will be required if selected)
  • Must be a rising Sophomore, Junior, Senior, or Graduate student
  • 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong collaboration skills
  • Database experience
  • Experience with graphic design software (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.) preferred
  • Flexible
  • Organized
  • Self-motivated and self-driven
  • Please note this position will be remote with some opportunities to be on the Woodwell campus based on the latest public health guidance.

Application Deadline:  May 14, 2021 or until filled

Desired Start Date: June 14, 2021

Classification and Compensation: This is a 10-week summer internship from June 14 through August 20, 2021.

Location: Remote or Falmouth, Massachusetts

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type HGLKCDI21 in the subject line.

 


 

External Affairs Intern

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is the world’s leading independent climate research institute, with a mission to advance climate policies through scientific research and outreach. The keys to Woodwell’s success are the quality of its research and the ability to deliver that science to policymakers and decision makers.

The External Affairs Department seeks an intern to support the cultivation and management of Woodwell’s partnership work, as well as outreach to policy makers. Successful candidates will have a demonstrated interest in environmental and climate change related issues, and a track record of relevant coursework or research.

Responsibilities:

  • Outreach to partners and policy makers
  • Assist in research and writing for policy briefs related to Woodwell’s five program areas: Arctic, Carbon, Risk, Tropics, and Water
  • Assist in managing project schedule dates to meet or exceed scheduled milestones
  • Manage and complete the day-to-day deliverables required to keep projects moving forward
  • Build and maintain positive relationships with external partners, as well as Woodwell stakeholders
  • Build and maintain collaborative cross-functional relationships

Desired Qualifications and Experience:

  • A current student or recent graduate studying environmental science or a related discipline
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Knowledge and interest in global climate change research
  • Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Self-motivated and self-driven
  • Please note this position will be remote with possible opportunities to be on the Woodwell campus based on the latest public health guidance

Desired Start Date: Start date is flexible

Appointment: Duration is TBD

Application Instructions: To apply, please email your cover letter (including why you are interested in Woodwell), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to careers@woodwellclimate.org. Please type DMEAI21 in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered.