USFS Climate Communications Fellowship, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 2/12/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Position/Title/Fund: USFS Climate Communications Fellowship
Type/Term: Full-time, 1-year term with possible extension
Location: Remote
Salary: $60,000-$75,000 annually
Deadline: March 1, 2024

A fellowship opportunity is available with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) within the Forest Service Northern Research Station (NRS). The opportunity is remote.

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. Some projects involve partnership with land grant universities. The fellow will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other partners and natural resource professionals. 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 engage in communications, collaboration, and outreach with the Northeast Climate Hub and partners. This fellowship will engage an established scientist to increase collaboration and innovation within the Hub. The Northeast Hub aims to increase communications using creative media and innovative approaches for technology transfer and science delivery. The fellow will join an established portfolio of climate projects focused on forestry and agriculture in Northern Research Station.

The ORISE Fellow will conduct outreach and communications contributing to multiple projects including Forest Carbon Markets. They will gain feedback from project partners on their communication 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. Video development and outreach activities may include travel.

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

Learning Objectives: 

  • 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.


  • Facilitate development of animated video to communicate complex scientific concepts.
  • Contribute design skills to factsheets, web content, and other digital and print materials.
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools for outreach methods.
  • Contribute coordination related to outreach, workshops and learning management of projects.
  • Facilitate editing of a quarterly newsletter


  • The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields. 


  • The ideal applicant will be early to mid-career with 8-10 years of experience in science communications;
  • An interest to pivot with an opportunity to learn new innovative technologies and skills for outreach
How to Apply:

Apply online. A complete application package consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.  Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start.  Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two educational or professional recommendations. At least one recommendation must be submitted in order for the mentor to view your application.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.