USFS Fellowship in Climate-smart Agriculture and Forestry in the U.S. Caribbean

Post Date: 2/07/2023
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Position/Title/Fund: Fellowship in Climate-smart Agriculture and Forestry in the U.S. Caribbean - 1-year term
Deadline: March 6, 2023; Reviewed on a rolling basis
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Contact Info: William Gould (

A research opportunity is available with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The selected participant will contribute to program management, coordination, research, and science communication activities of the Climate-smart Caribbean project, a collaboration among the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub, Cooperative Extension at the University of the Virgin Islands and the University of Puerto Rico, Winrock International, and the Climate Science Alliance. The goal of the project is to generate and deliver region- and tropical agriculture and forestry sector-specific information on climate change science, observed trends, expected future scenarios, and adaptation and mitigation solutions.

The project is funded by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to provide workshops and training in Spanish and English to increase the level of climate-smart decision-making by farmers, ranchers, forest land managers, and the people and agencies that provide advice, technical expertise, and incentives.

The goal of the project is to help reduce the effects and vulnerabilities to climate change and extreme climate events and develop relationships and connections to foster further knowledge development and technology transfer of climate-smart solutions in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Project activities focus on learning, action, and evaluation.

The selected applicant will contribute to program coordination with the USDA Caribbean Climate Hub staff at the US Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry on a multi-partner project: Enabling climate-smart decisions for agriculture and forestry in the U.S. Caribbean. The project team will develop and host workshops and trainings, develop outreach materials, and assess impacts.

The selected applicant will gain experience in coordination/project management, bilingual public speaking, organization and leadership, writing and analytical skills. The applicant will also gain familiarity with climate change and adaptation practices in tropical forestry and agriculture. In addition to the Forest Service and the Climate Hub, the selected applicant will collaborate with partners at the University of Puerto Rico, the University of the Virgin Islands, The Climate Science Alliance, and Winrock International.

How to Apply:

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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.