SE CASC Fellowship: Climate Change and Wildlife Action Plans

Post Date: 6/06/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: USGS’s Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center (SE CASC)
Position/Title/Fund: Climate Change and Wildlife Action Plans Fellowship
Location: Knoxville or Raleigh preferred or remote within the Southeast
Deadline: July 21, 2023; Open until filled
Contact Info: Katherine Smith (

The goal of the fellowship is to help state agencies and other partners across the Southeast access existing data and tools summarizing potential effects of climate change on species and habitats in ways that support integrating this information into wildlife action plans. The position is ideally suited for someone interested in how research results are translated into practice and will involve close interactions with a range of stakeholders. The fellow will be part of a growing community of researchers actively working to support natural resource managers in planning for and adapting to climate change and will benefit from professional development opportunities and mentorship. The fellowship includes a monthly stipend based on the individual’s experience and education (equivalent to a GS 9-12 pay scale), health insurance stipend, travel and training.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increased ability to use and interpret model projections of future climate,
  • Improved understanding of climate impacts to species and ecosystems, and
  • Enhanced skills in synthesis and communication of climate science to natural resource managers and other audiences.


  • Excellent written and spoken science communication, including the ability to translate complex scientific concepts and findings into clear, concise, and easily understandable text, verbal descriptions and graphical representations.
  • Excellent quantitative skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Excellent team-work and interpersonal skills
  • Experience interpreting data on recent climate change and its ecological implications (e.g., phenological shifts) as well as future climate-change projections
  • Experience with methods used to assess climate-change impacts on species and/or ecosystems, including for example: ecological niche models/species distribution models, trait-based index methods, or habitat vulnerability assessments
  • Experience interacting with natural-resource managers from state or federal agencies or non-profit conservation organizations


The mentor for this opportunity is Katherine Smith ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor.

How to Apply:
  • Register to apply with Zintellect.
  • Submit a complete application package consisting of:
    • transcript
    • current resume/CV
    • two education or professional recommendations.