A continuously updated list of external research funding and green job opportunities geared towards students, faculty, and other members of the Earth Commons network.
Last updated Nov 25th, 2023
Mellon Foundation: Higher Learning Institutions Exploring Democracy and Environmental and Social Justice, Register by 11/30
The Mellon Foundation has issued a call for concepts for Exploring Democracy, Environmental Justice, and Social Justice. Through its Higher Learning grantmaking area, Mellon invites humanities-grounded ideas for research and curricular projects focused on any of three topics: Cultures of U.S. Democracy, Environmental Justice Studies, Social Justice and Disciplinary Knowledge. Envisioned projects should be achievable with contributions from Mellon of $250,000 to $500,000, with durations of up to three years. Institutions interested in being part of the process or learning more are encouraged to register by November 30, 2023, at 3:00 p.m. For eligible registrants, applications will be due February 15, 2024, at 3:00 p.m.
The Grass Foundation invites applications for its 2024 Grass Fellowship program. Administered by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, the fellowship program supports investigator-designed, independent research projects by scientists early in their careers, providing 14-week fellowships and support including a stipend, laboratory space, animals, equipment, and supplies for a summer in residence at MBL. Supported approaches include neurophysiology, biophysics, integrative neurobiology, neuroethology, neuroanatomy, neuropharmacology, systems neuroscience, cellular and developmental neurobiology, and computational approaches to neural systems. In partnership with the Grass Foundation, the Kavli Foundation supports Grass Fellows who explore research related to neurobiology and changing ecosystems. Applications are due December 1st.
The mission of the Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) is to advance scientific research and create educational pathways that enable sustainable innovation in sustainable waste management practices.
The EREF Board of Directors has set an initiative to ensure the research funded reflects EREF’s long-term strategic plan to address all areas of integrated solid waste management, with a strong focus towards research that increased sustainable solid waste management practices and has identified three key priorities that focus on the impacts of solid waste management, circular and sustainable materials management, and mitigating environmental risk and/or harm: Climate Change Impacts/Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Emerging Contaminants, and Advancing Materials Circularity and Recycling. Pre-proposals are due December 1st.
This solicitation calls for proposals that integrate the study of genomic, physiological, structural, developmental, neural, or behavioral mechanisms of organismal response to climate change (ORCC) with eco-evolutionary approaches to better manage the effects of a rapidly changing climate on earth’s living systems. Specific areas of emphasis include but are not limited to: integrating physiology and genomics into the next generation of species distribution models; mechanistic understanding of plastic responses to climate change; functional genomics of organismal response to climate change; the role biological interactions play in organismal responses to climate change; and improving our ability to predict how organisms will respond to climate change and the consequences these responses will have across biological scales.
Full Proposal Due Date: December 13, 2023
NOAA Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities, Due 12/19
$45 million in funding is available for projects that will advance the coastal habitat restoration and climate resilience priorities of tribes and underserved communities. Through this funding, NOAA will help support community-driven habitat restoration and build the capacity of tribes and underserved communities to more fully participate in restoration activities. Proposals are due December 19, 2023.
The northeast region of the National Park Service (NPS) has proposed an ambitious effort to improve forest resilience and prepare for the effects of climate change by addressing forest regeneration debt in 17 northeastern and mid-Atlantic parks. If funded through the Inflation Reduction Act, this initiative will include environmental assessments and implementation of management action to increase tree regeneration in park forests. An important component of the effort will be evaluating current park-level efforts to estimate deer population size and developing a consistent regional approach for long-term deer monitoring. The deadline for responding to this request for LOI is December 29, 2023.
Events & Programs
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program is seeking to develop leaders in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP program provides an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at EERE Offices in Washington, D.C.
This is a continuous posting. Applications will be reviewed and selected as opportunities become available.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (new window) and the Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) (new window) are offering a free online course in ’Nature-based Solutions for Disaster and Climate Resilience’. Students will join a learning community of 75,000+ course participants from 192+ countries. The course is self-paced, and participants will receive a UN Environment Programme course certificate upon course completion. The course is available until August 2024.
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- NOAA — Many Open Positions
- Various positions are constantly posted.
- Look at USAjobs.gov for updated information.
- US Institute of Peace Climate, Environment, and Conflict Team — Several Open Positions. The USIP created the CEC in 2022, and the team is committed to understanding climate security issues and their implications and researching diplomatic methods to reduce the risk of future climate-related conflict. They are looking to hire a Senior Program Officer to play a leadership role in advancing strategic priorities and a Senior Program Assistant to work on programming, administrative, and research support. These are both full-time positions located in DC. They are also looking for a Research Assistant to primarily support the CEC’s work on climate security with AFRICOM and the interagency. This is a part-time position, and candidates can be located anywhere. To learn more or apply visit the links below:
- DC Environmental Justice Coalition Manager. DC Environmental Justice (EJ) Coalition Manager will staff the coalition, providing support that enhances its membership and structure, and facilitates its collective work to advance environmental justice in DC. The EJ Coalition Manager will be the primary supervisor of contractors doing work for the coalition and will work closely with the coalition Steering Committee to guide the direction of the coalition in order to meet its goals. This position will implement the Capacity Building programs of the coalition made possible by the Mid-Atlantic Climate Hub and represent the DC EJ Coalition and Empower DC at relevant trainings, convenings, and conferences. Applications will be accepted until the role is filled. For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.empowerdc.org/ej_manager (new window).
- Potomac Riverkeeper Network — Outreach Coordinator. The PRKN’s mission is to protect and restore the Potomac River and its watershed. They are looking for an individual to implement strategic activities and initiatives to build membership, engage existing members, reach new audiences, expand educational opportunities, and develop diverse partnerships for the organization. Candidates should have a strong background and interest in environmental advocacy, community engagement, and effective communication strategies. The application will remain open until the position is filled. To apply, candidates should submit a resume, and cover letter to email@example.com. Learn more about the position here.
- Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) – Several Open Positions. OCED manages and invests billions of dollars in clean energy to scale emerging technologies and contribute to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Their mission is to deliver clean energy demonstration projects at scale in partnership with the private sector to accelerate deployment, market adoption, and the equitable transition to a decarbonized energy system. They have several open positions as well as a general application for those who do not fit any of the roles but would like to work for OCED. They are based in various cities across the nations, and some positions are remote. Visit Earth Advisors’ website to learn more about the following open positions or apply through the general application:
- Associate Director of Carbon Capture
- Commercialization Manager
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Data Engineer
- Demand-Side Programs Director
- Director of Data
- Energy Systems Analysis Lead Advisor
- Energy Technology and Markets Advisor – Demand-Side Markets
- Lifecycle Analyst
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Specialist
- Nuclear Engineer
- Portfolio Risk Analyst
- Portfolio Risk Manager
- Program Manager – Hydrogen
- Stakeholder Engagement Specialist
- Casey Trees – Several Open Positions. Casey Trees is a Washington DC-based nonprofit committed to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of the nation’s capital. To fulfill this mission, the organization plants trees; engages thousands of volunteers of all ages in tree planting and care; provides year-round continuing education courses; monitors the city’s tree canopy; develops interactive online tree tools; and works with elected officials, developers, and community groups to protect and care for existing trees and to encourage the addition of new ones. Visit Casey Trees’ jobs page (new window) to learn more about the following open positions:
- Accounting & Finance Manager in the District of Columbia, Washington
- Community Outreach Forester in the District of Columbia, Washington
- Office Manager in the District of Columbia, Washington
- Community Outreach Coordinator in the District of Columbia, Washington
- GIS Technician in the District of Columbia, Washington
- Office Manager in the District of Columbia, Washington
- Farm Field Supervisor in Berryville, Virginia
- Sustainability Consultant, Reduction In Motion. The candidate will serve as the primary facilitator to implement Reduction In Motion’s sustainability programs at one or more of our client facilities. The selected candidate will ensure programs are running smoothly and efficiently, and make sure clients are satisfied with the level of service they are receiving. Learn more and apply here (new window).
- 2025 Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, Sea Grant Maryland
- The Knauss Fellowship, established in 1979, provides a unique educational experience to students interested in ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources. The program matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the U.S. Congress or executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C., area, for a one-year paid fellowship.
- Applications due February 15, 2024
- Find more information here.
- Green Corps Organizer Program – The Field School for Environmental Organizing is accepting 20 college graduates for their paid training program. Participants will learn about issues and campaigns, organizing theory and principles, and skills from recruiting volunteers to staging a media event. Then, they will move onto more hands-on experience. They will make a difference in important campaigns to transition our country to clean energy, protect wildlife, and more. Green Corps’ year-long program begins in August 2024 with introductory classroom training, and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.
- Coastal Operations Specialist – Morgan State University’s Patuxent Environmental and Aquatic Research Laboratory (PEARL)
- Primary job duties consist of providing a range of field and laboratory assistance, including operating vessels, to support: a) a long-running blue crab field survey, b) oyster and softshell clam aquaculture research, c) a coastal carbon monitoring project, and d) a microplastics project.
- Find more information and apply here by December 11th
Climate Defiance is hiring paid campus fellows to organize against fossil fuel extraction. We are a new, youth-led group focused on using peaceful, direct action to call on Biden to stop fossil fuel leasing on federal lands. This fellowship begins immediately and involves 10 hours per week of work. The hours are flexible, and pay is $17 an hour. Apply >>
The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the EPA are educational and training programs designed to provide college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific EPA research and developmental activities. Discover open opportunities here
NASA Summer 2024 Internship Opportunities
- ABoVE Airborne Campaign Data Fusion Internship
- Interns will complete a data fusion project using at least two or more of the airborne (lidar, radar, hyperspectral) and optical imagery data sets available from the recent ABoVE airborne surveys. Student projects will address some of the science questions and objectives for ABoVE related to environmental changes in northern regions and can be tailored to the research interests of the successful candidate. Find more info here.
- NASA-USFS Applied Earth Observations and Innovation Partnership Internship
- AEOIP interns will help curate relationships between NASA, the U.S. Forest Service, and other public and private partners. The ideal candidate(s) will have disciplinary expertise in one or more of the following: (a) ecology or environmental science; (b) remote sensing applications for natural resource or land management; (c) translational science. Find more info here.
- Regular decision applications are due Friday, February 2, 2024
The International Agricultural Internship Program gives graduate students a chance to gain first-hand experience working at one of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA/FAS) overseas posts in U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world. Interns will carry out tasks in support of the Agricultural Counselor, Agricultural Attaché, and/or Agricultural Trade Officer in connection with USDA’s agricultural trade policy, analysis, and market development programs. Apply by December 1st. Find more information here.
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