Climate Adaptation Catalyst-Northwest Boreal, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 3/27/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: University of Alaska Fairbanks & Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC)
Position/Title/Fund: Climate Adaptation Catalyst-Northwest Boreal
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Fairbanks, AK
Deadline: April 1, 2024 or open until filled

The Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (CASC) is a partnership between the University of Alaska and the United States Geological Survey, congressionally mandated to meet state and federal needs around climate impacts, adaptation, and resilience. The Northwest Boreal Partnership (NWBP) is a diverse network of partners, including Indigenous organizations and communities, government agencies, universities and nonprofits that collaborate across Alaska and northwest Canada. The Regional Climate Adaptation Catalyst will serve as a liaison among the AK CASC, NWBP partners, and communities in Interior & Southcentral Alaska and northwest Canada.

In this role, you will facilitate information exchange among communities, the university, and agency partners through in-person and virtual connections, to develop integrated climate adaptation solutions. We are looking for team members that have a background in natural or social sciences or sustainable development, and/or may be steeped in Indigenous knowledge and traditional ways of knowing. These attributes represent our current thinking for the role. You might have important skills to contribute and be a great candidate even if you don't fit everything we've described.

We’ve built a team that celebrates a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The AK CASC invests in inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility efforts. We are an equal-opportunity employer and we especially encourage and invite members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply. This position can be based anywhere in Alaska, and will require travel to rural and hub communities across Alaska and northwest Canada.

Who we're looking for:

  • To thrive in this position you should be able to gather, comprehend, translate, and convey knowledge, concerns, and technical needs to researchers as well as technical information to community members. In addition, you must be able to stay current and develop climate-related knowledge about issues affecting Alaska.
  • Must have the ability to collaboratively organize in-person and/or virtual gatherings, events, workshops, and trainings. These include gatherings in Indigenous rural communities, as well as international gatherings in larger hub communities in Alaska and northwest Canada. Possess the familiarity with one or more natural, physical, or social science disciplines, such as ecology, hydrology, biology, geography, sociology, land & resource management, conservation science, OR have familiarity with Indigenous or traditional knowledge.
  • We seek demonstrated experience working with Indigenous communities, including familiarity with Indigenous knowledge and how to respectfully engage with communities along with well-developed interpersonal skills to establish trusted working relationships with scientists, managers, community members and leaders, Indigenous knowledge holders, Elders, and youth across disciplines. Capacity for catalyzing engagement and collaboration with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds is an important part of this role.
  • We are looking for an organized and detail-oriented, self-driven and creative person to help solve issues as they arise independently and as part of the team. This person will have a demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize work tasks associated with many competing and shifting priorities.
  • They will be able to demonstrate self-awareness, cultural competency and inclusivity, and ability to work with colleagues and partners across diverse cultures and backgrounds. It is important that the candidate has the ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and knowledge of how to navigate complex communication situations. We are hoping for someone with experience cultivating funding and technical assistance opportunities and demonstrate written and oral communication skills and able to effectively communicate via multiple avenues.
  • Knowledge of Interior/Southcentral Alaska culture, geography, history, economics, ecology, and climate change challenges. Similar experience or knowledge specific to northwest Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia) is an additional bonus, but not necessary. Experience working with Indigenous and rural communities toward positive outcomes that draw on co-production of knowledge and co-stewardship approaches. Master’s degree in Natural or Social Sciences (Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Sustainable Development, or related field), or an equivalent combination of training and experience, or a similar combination of Indigenous and traditional knowledge, training, and experiences. Experience writing successful grant and project proposals.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural or Social Sciences (Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Sustainable Development or related field)
  • Two years of progressively responsible experience relevant to the position, or an equivalent combination of training and experience, or a similar combination of Indigenous and traditional knowledge, training, and experiences
How to Apply:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date by 11:59 pm of April 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed on April 2, 2024 on a until a successful candidate is identified.