Weather and Climate Extremes Impact Fellow - Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)

Post Date: 3/14/2023
Opportunity Type: Other
Organization/Grantor: Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy (ACCAP)
Position/Title/Fund: Weather and Climate Extremes Impact Fellow
Location: Alaska
Deadline: Open until filled
Contact Info: Rick Thoman (Alaska Climate Specialist):, 907-474-2415

  Work Term: September 1, 2023 - May 31, 2024

This position is part of the Alaska Fellows Program. All fellows live together, “in community,” in their respective host site. Each host site is unique and remarkable. Fellows receive housing, a $1150 monthly living stipend and a $500 relocation stipend. The fellowship includes facilitated and funded opening and closing retreats. 

Information on extreme climate and weather event impacts, including how risks may change, is desired to guide planning and response, research, and decision support. In Alaska, there remains a limited understanding of how changes in extreme event occurrences and impacts may affect communities. The Extreme Event Impact Fellow will have the opportunity to leverage ACCAP’s extensive and long standing network of working relationships with many different organizations across Alaska. Contingent upon funding and interest the Fellow may have options to travel to rural Alaska to engage with local and tribal stakeholders and present their work in both formal conference settings and informal meetings and webinars. The Fellow will work closely with ACCAP Climate Specialist Rick Thoman to document extreme event impacts in Alaska. 

The work will involve thoroughly searching the Internet, social media sites, and newspaper articles for stories from around Alaska to document extreme weather and climate impacts around Alaska, updating the ACCAP Weather and Climate Highlights, summarizing the information along multiple themes, and giving public presentations. The Fellow will work with the ACCAP Climate Specialist to identify specific areas for analysis that align with the Fellow’s interests. This may include assessment of extreme event impacts in specific Alaska communities, assessments of a series of high impact events, or both. The majority of work will take place during weekdays, during regular work hours. However, there may be limited opportunities to travel to rural Alaska communities to present findings, which may require work outside of normal working hours. 


  • A Bachelor’s degree in social science, natural resources, physical science, or relevant related fields 
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team 
  • Attention to detail 
  • Ability to collect, synthesize, and communicate information and research results. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing 
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and ability to build and maintain relationships. 
  • Interest or familiarity with weather and climate and impacts in Alaska

Required technical skills include the ability to download data from the internet; basic knowledge of Excel or similar spreadsheet software; presentation/communication skills; and capability to be detail oriented.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and names and contacts for three references.

To apply please complete the google form linked here, including submitting all requested application materials.

If you are applying to a position in Juneau, please note that the program will last seven months (October-April) while other programs will run nine months (September-May).