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 Scientist — Arctic

SUMMARY: We seek a Research Scientist to lead the establishment of a new Arctic Carbon Monitoring Network, which will include the establishment of ten new eddy covariance monitoring sites across the Arctic-boreal region and coordination and support for existing flux sites. The Research Scientist will work closely with collaborators and Woodwell scientists to develop the Monitoring Network, including identifying and establishing new flux sites, establishing and maintaining collaborations and partnerships with the eddy covariance flux community, sharing and publishing research results, and working with the project team to upscale and integrate data into a pan-Arctic modeling framework to assess the current and future carbon balance of the Arctic-boreal region. This position is part of a larger project to monitor and project Arctic-boreal carbon emissions, inform climate mitigation policy, and facilitate climate adaptation in permafrost regions. This role will work within a highly collaborative environment and be supported by a strong project team including process modelers, remote sensing experts, field scientists, a project manager, and communications and policy experts.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a network of collaborators, partners, and Woodwell scientists to guide the development of the Arctic Carbon Monitoring Network, including the establishment of ten new eddy covariance flux sites and support for existing sites as needed to ensure data continuity and coverage.
  • Manage a research team that will include two Postdoctoral Researchers, Research Assistants, and a Research Technician.
  • Participate in some travel with the research team to establish and maintain eddy covariance flux sites.
  • Oversee research including data collection, processing, quality control, analyses, and archiving.
  • Coordinate and work closely with the project’s Arctic Flux Steering Committee and other networks to develop improved channels for data sharing.
  • Synthesize, present, and publish research results.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. in Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Atmospheric Science, or a related field
  • Experience setting up and/or maintaining eddy covariance instrumentation, and collecting, processing, interpreting, and synthesizing eddy-covariance flux data.
  • Ability and interest to work with international partners, collaborators, and stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Arctic carbon cycling, Arctic ecology, and/or climate change research.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in sciences.
  • Experience and/or interest in research collaboration and co-production with Arctic Indigenous scientists, knowledge-holders, and residents.
  • Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative team, work across disciplines, and interest in contributing to broader science, communication, and policy goals.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research team and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Ability to coordinate and oversee progress toward project goals, objectives, and tasks.

Application review will begin on December 13, 2021.

Desired Start Date: March 7, 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $90,000-125,000. This is a five-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and values a healthy work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Research Scientist-Arctic on all correspondence.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Arctic

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher for the Polaris Project, an undergraduate research program focused on training the next generation of scientists and understanding the implications of rapid Arctic change. The postdoctoral researcher will work closely with project leads, research assistant, and Polaris faculty to mentor student researchers and coordinate the field expedition to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta, AK. The successful candidate will also have opportunities to develop, lead, and collaborate on research focused on regional to global impacts of Arctic climate change.

Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with Polaris faculty to facilitate student-led research
  • Coordinate Polaris research activities with local Alaskan organizations and communities
  • Travel to the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta for the summer expedition
  • Work with the Polaris Research Assistant to maintain field instrumentation, manage data, and conduct lab analyses
  • Contribute to program communications, including recruitment, website content, and project reports
  • Lead program logistics and travel planning
  • Mentor students on manuscript preparation and publication and presentations for the American Geophysical Union meeting

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Ecology, Earth System Science, or a related discipline.
  • Previous Polaris Project participation strongly desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Understanding of Arctic system processes and experience conducting Arctic research
  • Ability to work as a member of a collaborative team and lead discussions of project goals, objectives, and tasks
  • Experience and commitment to mentoring undergraduate students and to student-directed research
  • Experience and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice in the sciences

Application review will begin on November 20, 2021.

Desired Start Date: January 1, 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-68,000. This is a two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type PPPD-21 on all correspondence.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Arctic Fire Modeling

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to develop, test, and apply a fire module across the Arctic-boreal zone within an ecosystem process model. The postdoctoral researcher will survey current fire models, develop a fire module within the DVM-DOS-TEM model, calibrate and validate fire regime properties including burned area, carbon emissions, and fire-permafrost interactions using available field and geospatial data, and apply the model across the high latitudes. This position is part of a larger project to monitor and project Arctic-boreal carbon emissions, inform climate mitigation policy, and facilitate climate adaptation in permafrost regions. The successful candidate will work within a highly collaborative environment including a team of process modelers, remote sensing experts, and field scientists, and have opportunities to communicate project results and engage with different audiences through in-person and virtual meetings, multimedia outreach materials, and website design.

Responsibilities:

  • Survey existing process fire models for their applicability in boreal forests and arctic tundra and their potential integration into DVM-DOS-TEM.
  • Integrate a fire module in DVM-DOS-TEM.
  • Optimize parameters and algorithms, and independently verify their performance, using existing field and geospatial data.
  • Apply the resulting model across the Arctic-boreal zone.
  • Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
  • Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.
  • Work closely with a team of Arctic researchers to understand and communicate the implications of changing fire regimes, carbon budgets, and permafrost thaw on Arctic residents and global climate.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Geography, Biological Sciences, Computer Science, or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and apply ecosystem models, conduct spatial analysis, and manage large data sets.
  • Experience in modeling wildfire, arctic-boreal ecosystems, and/or DVM-DOS-TEM preferred but not expected.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to work as a member of a highly collaborative team, work across disciplines, and interest in contributing to broader science, communication, and policy goals.

Application review will begin on January 3, 2022 and will be ongoing until the opportunity is closed.

Desired Start Date: March 7, 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The annual salary range is $65,000-$70,000. This is a three-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher – Arctic Fire Modeling on all correspondence.

 


 

Postdoctoral Researcher — Boreal Fire Mapping

SUMMARY: We seek a postdoctoral researcher to lead remote sensing product development, analysis, and hypothesis testing of wildfires in northwestern boreal North America. The postdoctoral researcher will leverage past and current workflows to map forest and fire properties at 30 m resolution, estimate individual climate forcings, and test hypotheses related to fire self-regulation and climate feedbacks in boreal ecosystems. This position is part of a larger multi-institution project to understand the mechanisms and consequences of fire-fuel-climate feedbacks in interior Alaska and the Northwest Territories, Canada. The successful candidate would join a vibrant Arctic research team including field scientists, remote sensing scientists, process modelers, and policy experts.

Responsibilities:

  • Leveraging some preliminary workflows, use the Landsat series of satellites to map forest and fire properties, including forest stress, burned area, fire severity, rate of spread, lightning frequency, and fire weather, at 30 m across several boreal ecoregions.
  • Build on existing methods to map 30 m fire-climate forcings, including land surface albedo and emissions of greenhouse gasses and aerosols.
  • Work with project team members to test hypotheses related to the mechanisms and consequences of fire self-regulation in boreal forests.
  • Lead manuscript preparation and publication.
  • Present results at relevant conferences and meetings.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ph.D. (granted or expected soon) in Earth System Science, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Geography, or a related discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to manipulate large geospatial data sets, develop and apply statistical models including machine learning, and to test statistical hypotheses.
  • Experience using satellite remote sensing data, particularly Landsat.
  • Knowledge of boreal forests, wildfire, carbon cycling, and climate feedbacks preferred.
  • Demonstrated record of publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to lead a research project and independently develop new directions while also being part of a highly collaborative team.

Application review will begin on January 14, 2022 and will be ongoing until the opportunity is closed.

Desired Start Date: May 1, 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is $65,000-68,000. This is a two-year fixed-term appointment with the potential to extend. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts (remote work location is feasible)

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type Postdoctoral Researcher – Boreal Fire Mapping on all correspondence.

 


 

Research Assistant — Soil Carbon Monitoring

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center seeks a postdoctoral researcher or research assistant to join our soil carbon lab working to support research related to the development of tools to measure and understand soil carbon change. The position will be primarily focused on a diverse set of data analysis tasks including building and applying machine learning algorithms for estimating soil properties from spectral measurements, processing of remote sensing data, digital soil mapping and running process-based biogeochemical models. Within these projects there is a lot of room for creativity and ability to take the projects in new research directions.

Responsibilities:

  • Refine and implement process-based and statistical models of soil carbon change.
  • Develop predictive models from soil spectral data for numerous soil properties.
  • Apply predictive soil mapping principles to create maps of soil properties at a variety of scales.
  • Occasional field and laboratory work.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and present results in collaboration with others.

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • To be considered for postdoc, a Ph.D. degree in Data Science, Computer Science, Soil Science, Earth System Science, Geography, or a related discipline.
  • For research assistant, a Master’s degree in the same disciplines. A Bachelor’s degree with appropriate experience will be considered.
  • Demonstrated application of multivariate and machine learning models.
  • Ability to program in R and Python and to learn new skills as needed.
  • Experience with geospatial analysis of data, Google Earth Engine is a plus.
  • Experience handling large data streams and high-performance computing.
  • Experience with high performance computing on a cluster or in cloud environment.
  • Knowledge and interest in carbon cycle science and environmental resource monitoring.
  • Scientific writing for peer-reviewed publication, 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: Resume review will be on a rolling basis, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Desired Start Date: January 3, 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. This is a two-year fixed-term position with the potential to extend. The salary range is $55,000-68,000 annually. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts preferred but remote work will be considered.

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type JSRA21-3 in the subject line.

 


 

Communications Coordinator

ABOUT: Woodwell Climate Research Center is uniquely dedicated to innovative climate science pursued in partnership with real-world decision-makers to produce maximum societal benefit. Our renowned researchers work with stakeholders, government officials, and public- and private-sector leaders in more than 20 countries across six continents to generate breakthrough insights into the risks we face, and the just, effective solutions we can develop.

Effective communication of our mission and science to public audiences is key to our success. Our Communications team is developing an innovative strategy that, like our research, is rooted in science and partnership. Communications works closely with Development, External Affairs, and our science staff on a wide range of activities, including media relations; print, digital, and multi-media content creation; social media; public events; and brand development.

SUMMARY: We seek a Communications Coordinator to support the Chief Communications Officer (CCO) and Woodwell’s Communications team in implementing our engagement strategy, handling multiple partnerships and campaigns, and fostering both internal and external communication. This is a fast-paced, mission-driven, and diverse position with room for advancement; this position reports to the CCO.

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with communications team members to understand project objectives
  • Document and track project objectives
  • Assist in the strategic and graphical creation of presentation and meeting materials for the CCO
  • Establish and maintain regularly scheduled meetings
  • Effectively manage all project schedule dates to meet or exceed scheduled milestones
  • Deliver timely, complete and informative updates to stakeholders
  • 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

 Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Communications, Journalism, Science or Business
  • 1+ years’ experience working in communications or project organization (internship experience is applicable)
  • Ability to prioritize and manage several projects efficiently
  • Professional written and interpersonal skills are essential when communicating cross-functionally, and with vendors, and team members
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills
  • Tech savvy, proficient in MS Office, Google Suite, and Constant Contact
  • Excellent attention to detail, conscientious work ethic
  • Excellent ability to multi-task, prioritize projects, and work efficiently and independently in a fast-paced environment
  • Positive and proactive approach
  • Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work within constantly changing priorities with enthusiasm
  • A desire to understand how administrative projects connect to broader communication goals and strategy

Application review will begin November 19, 2021 and applications will be accepted after that date.

Desired Start Date: January 2022 or sooner.

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Woodwell offers a very generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts, some remote work possible

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 our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use Communications Coordinator on all correspondence.

 


 

Information Service Support Analyst

SUMMARY: We seek an Information Service (IS) Support Analyst to be a key member of the Information Technology team. The position provides desktop technology, telephony, AV, and various other support for all staff and students conducting science, research, or business activities within the Center. The IS Support Analyst is primarily responsible for resolving IT support requests largely pertaining to but not limited to servers, desktop computing and Help Desk activities. In addition, the position will represent desktop and end user computing in IT projects at the Center and maintain documentation, procedures, and reports that provide technical support to the entire organization.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide ticket-based and remote Helpdesk support for Woodwell’s growing user base and environments.
  • Diagnose and resolve software and hardware requests and incidents involving several computing platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux, and across a broad range of software applications.
  • Assist all users with IS related incidents when called upon and to take ownership of issues by carrying out problem analysis to implement temporary or permanent fixes with the aim of restoring service to the user as soon as possible.
  • Recommend procedure modifications or improvements, new hardware and software solutions and help with the procurement and deployment.
  • Install and configure IS equipment including computers, printers, phones, and scanners and upgrade different types of software and hardware.
  • Maintain IT asset (hardware and software) inventory through active tracking, physical verification, and asset tagging.
  • Assist locally with maintaining and troubleshooting conference room equipment.
  • Maintain a first-class level of customer service ensuring that all staff, visitors, and interns are treated well and efficiently.
  • Identify and suggest possible improvements on procedures and documentation.
  • Perform other related duties and tasks as assigned under supervisor’s instruction.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or related field.
  • Technical/Vocational diplomas/certifications may be considered based on technical experience and skill level.
  • 3+ years of Information Technology experience
  • Technical certifications (MSCE or similar) preferred.
  • Experience and broad knowledge of Microsoft technologies (Windows Desktops, server and Active Directory).
  • Experience and broad knowledge of Apple system platform technology.
  • Knowledge of malware/antivirus application configuration and management as well as backup and recovery solutions.
  • Knowledge of IT network infrastructure components and the various related technologies, such as switches, routers, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, wireless
  • Working knowledge of virtualization; VMWare ESXi, Hyper-V another plus
  • Preferred knowledge of VOIP telephony services.
  • Outstanding customer service skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate effectively with technical and non-technical colleagues at all levels within Woodwell.
  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. independently, up to 5 times per day.

Desired Start Date: January 2022

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The salary range is +/-$60,000 annually and 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, resume, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use HDIS 21 on all correspondence.

 


 

Assistant Facilities Manager

SUMMARY: We seek an Assistant Facilities Manager to join our Facilities department. This position will be responsible for daily maintenance of our campus buildings’ interiors, exteriors, and grounds.

DESCRIPTION: The Assistant Facilities Manager (AFM) reports to the Director of Facilities (Director) and is responsible for daily cleaning, yard maintenance, mail delivery, shipping and receiving, office supplies, supporting Woodwell events, and coordinating with vendors and contractors as required.

Responsibilities:

  • Painting, minor equipment repair, minor maintenance of lighting, heating, and cooling systems
  • Assisting employee office moves between buildings when required (furniture, boxes, other heavy items)
  • Grounds maintenance and snow removal
  • Other maintenance tasks as required
  • Work with vendors and contractors
  • Track materials and supplies
  • Coordinate shipping and receiving
  • Support Woodwell events
  • Cleaning of commons spaces and restrooms
  • Communicate with staff and general public

Qualifications and Experience:

  • High-school diploma
  • Experience with grounds care and building maintenance
  • Experience with office building cleaning
  • Shipping and receiving experience
  • Demonstrated ability to perform tasks such as lifting, pushing, and climbing
  • Demonstrated ability to work with motorized equipment in varying weather conditions
  • Excellent communication and organization skills

Application review will begin November 19, 2021 and applications will be accepted after that date until the job is filled.

Desired Start Date: As soon as possible

Classification and Compensation: This is a part-time, hourly, non-exempt position for 30 hours per week. The hours will generally be 10AM to 5PM on weekdays, but flexibility is required if there is an event on campus. Compensation is commensurate with experience. 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, resume, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please use AFM-21 on all correspondence.