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USDA Northeast Climate Hub Communications Fellow

The USDA Northeast Climate Hub is a joint effort among USDA agencies. The fellowship offers daily interaction with leadership, policies and staff of the US Forest Service, Agricultural Research Service, and Natural Resources Conversation Service. The fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Land Grant University partners in our region and other natural resource professionals.

Research Project:  Professional development activities as part of this fellowship include delivering presentations, participating in meetings, and engaging in research and outreach projects. 

The ORISE Fellow will conduct research, outreach, coordination, and communications contributing to multiple projects within the climate hub mission. They will gain feedback from project partners on their methods, product design and development, and meeting outreach objectives. The Fellow will support outreach activities that promote research results and collaborations. The Fellow will also have an opportunity to engage with project collaborators to develop and enhance their network of climate adaptation experts.

Under the guidance of a mentor, Specific components related to the engagement could include:

  • Facilitate development of outreach and education forums such as workshops and webinars.
  • Contribute research and writing efforts to factsheets, web content, and other digital and print materials.
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools for outreach methods.
  • Learning to contribute coordination related to outreach, workshops and management of projects.

Learning Objectives: The Fellow will learn to create effective evaluation tools to inform program strategy, to synthesize research into accessible and useable tools and resources for end-users, and to coordinate multiple activities for a diverse interdisciplinary team. The ORISE Fellow will learn collaboration methods, partner and stakeholder engagement, and project design. The ORISE Fellow will learn communication methods involving product design, co-production, partner and stakeholder engagement, product/tool development and evaluation. Additionally, the Fellow will learn and experiment with various approaches for engaging partners and communicating science to a specific audience.

Mentor: The mentor(s) for this opportunity is Erin Lane ( If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor(s).

Application deadline: 5/10/2024 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: April 2024. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The current annual stipend ranges for this opportunity are $59,000-$67,000 for Masters and $72,000-$82,000 for PhD.

Location: While this opportunity is remote, there is strong preference for residence in the Northeast region.

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