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The Solar Foundation, serving as the Technical Assistance Provider for the SolSmart program ( – funded by the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative – is seeking a highly-motivated, experienced self-starter to act as SolSmart Advisor to Palm Beach County, FL, the City of Delray Beach, FL, the City of Lake Worth, FL, the Town of Lantana, FL, and the City of West Palm Beach, FL (“Host Communities”).

SolSmart Advisors are temporary, program-funded and -trained staff who work in selected communities pursuing SolSmart designation for up to six months. The Advisor will assist the Host Communities in achieving designation through the SolSmart program by addressing solar “soft costs” and barriers to the use of solar energy in these communities. The Advisor will work with local government staff and other stakeholders (both internal and external) to apply industry-leading best practices that allow participating communities to achieve SolSmart designation.

Specifically, the Advisor will help participating local governments to achieve SolSmart criteria ( related to solar permitting and inspections, planning and zoning, construction codes, solar rights, utility engagement, community engagement, and market development and finance. Additionally, the Advisor will conduct outreach to neighboring communities and facilitate regional discussions about solar energy, including discussions about opportunities to harmonize solar processes across jurisdictions.

This is a temporary, contractual position based in Palm Beach County, Florida, which will last no more than six months.

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United Southern and Eastern Tribes, Inc. (USET) is soliciting applications for the position of Tribal Climate Science Liaison for the USET region and regions of the Southeast and Northeast Climate Science Centers.

The following excerpt from the vacancy announcement describes duties of the Tribal Climate Science Liaison:

Brief Description of Duties to Be Performed
The Office of Environmental Resource Management (OERM) Tribal Climate Science Liaison will serve as a technical expert on climate change issues, resource vulnerability, and climate adaptation actions to Tribal nations in the USET region, and more broadly in the combined region comprising the Department of Interior’s Northeast Climate Science Center and Southeast Climate Science Center (NE CSC and SE CSC). The Tribal Climate Science Liaison will be responsible to develop and implement a communication, education and outreach program; identify climate research needs and priorities; and provide climate adaptation planning support to Tribal nations. He/she will also integrate program and research results into budget documents, annual reports, or other documents. The Tribal Climate Science Liaison will participate in a network of Tribal climate science liaisons within the Climate Science Center system; and a national workgroup of Tribal organizations, Tribal colleges, and other partners to address policy and resource issues associated with Tribal climate resilience. This position will be based at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

The Tribal Climate Science Liaison will also have office space at the Southeast Climate Science Center at NC State University.

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Opportunity Description/Objective (specific student assignment): It is an exciting time for many urban disciplines and new urban environmental research will shape the way cities evolve, function and look over the next decades and beyond. One aspect of the new thinking about cities is the growing appreciation for 'softer' adaptation approaches that emulate natural ecosystems -- to take advantage of the multiple co-benefits that such systems confer such as simultaneous urban heat island mitigation, storm water management, amenity values, and ecosystem preservation or restoration. This can be contrasted with more traditional 'hard' engineered solutions that often are designed to solve just one environmental problem (e.g. sea walls for sea level rise, massive storm water storage tanks). The scientific mentor in this project is working with multiple NYC agencies such as the Mayor's Office, Department of Buildings, Department of Parks and Recreation, and NGO's, to study a new field of projects generally called 'green infrastructure.' The proposed research complements a number of ongoing and pending climate projects within NASA GISS and Goddard, such as the CASI program which aims to prepare NASA Centers for future climate change adaptation and mitigation. Although the definition of the term 'green infrastructure' is evolving, it includes newly developed green systems being installed on a large scale. Examples included 'Million Tree' programs, bio-swales, enhanced street tree pits, storm water green streets, green roofs and higher-albedo surfaces, membranes and materials. The investigator and colleagues are studying a number of the performance metrics for such systems such as temperature control, storm water detention and retention, native plant performance and restoration, water quality performance, socio-economic response and acceptance by local communities and residents to such installations (maintenance, appearances, plant survivability, competing uses such as parking, and right-of-way uses. The research project involves using a wide range of experimental methods and sensors both fixed and mobile deployment at different spatial scales.

Expected opportunity outcome (i.e. research, final report, poster presentation, etc.): Interns will work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary team to develop a publishable scientific research paper, create a scientific poster and PowerPoint presentation of their research.

Comments: Interns should reside within a 50-mile radius from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies. Travel, housing, relocation and Per-Diem expenses are not provided.


The Hydrology and Hydraulics Section of the South Florida Water Management District seeks a Staff Engineer to provide technical support and deliver products related to water control operations for District projects.  The incumbent must possess strong knowledge and experience in hydrologic and hydraulics theories and practices. It is desired for the incumbent to have a working knowledge and basic experience with water management and water control operations in south Florida.

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The coastal community specialist will develop, lead and participate in extension programming related to community responses to climate change risks and to planning and development of sustainable coastal communities in Maryland. Maryland Sea Grant plays an important role in Maryland to assist with the development of science-based decision making. This position will strengthen the ability for Marylanders to understand and improve their resilience to natural hazards and respond to changing conditions. Programming should emphasize stakeholder education and problem-solving assistance to community decision-makers and planners leading to measurable benefits.  The specialist will collaborate and coordinate programming with other extension and research faculty in the University System of Maryland.  Further, the specialist will develop partnerships with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Coastal Service and other appropriate state and federal agencies serving coastal communities.

Deadline: April 30, 2017

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The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

In these programs, prospective applicants select a research project or projects from among the large group of opportunities listed on this website. Prior to completing an application, prospective applicants should contact the proposed Research Adviser to assure that funding will be available if their application is recommended by NRC panels. Once mutual interest is established between a prospective applicant and a Research Adviser, an application is submitted through the NRC WebRap system. Reviews are conducted four times each year and review results are available approximately 6-8 weeks following the application deadline.

Prospective applicants should read carefully the details of the program to which they are applying. In particular, note eligibility details. Some laboratories have citizenship restrictions (open only to U.S. citizens and permanent residents) and some laboratories have research opportunities that are not open to senior applicants (more than 5 years beyond the PhD). When searching for research opportunities you may limit your search to only those laboratories which match your eligibility criteria. In addition, note the application deadlines, as not all laboratories participate in all reviews.

There are four annual review cycles: 
  • Review Cycle: August; Opens June 1; Closes August 1
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  • Review Cycle: May; Opens March 1; Closes May 1
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