Climate Adaptation Specialist

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  • Job Number:526059
  • Classification:Term Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Alaska Sea Grant and MAP
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Research/Science

Position Summary:

Alaska Sea Grant is recruiting a term-faculty position to serve as a climate resilience specialist. The position will work collaboratively with Tribes and coastal communities to support the development of climate adaptation plans that seek to enhance community wellbeing, while taking into account the reality of future climate scenarios. The position will help build out the Adapt Alaska program that is housed at Alaska Sea Grant. This position will start with seed funding to 1) assess a climate ready workforce for rural Alaska, develop outreach materials, and identify funding for training Alaskans on renewable energy installation and maintenance, and 2) plan and conduct an Alaska workshop on managed retreat. The position is located within the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program and will be based in Anchorage. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program is a statewide network of specialists and agents who provide formal and/or informal education, information and technical assistance to the public relating to commercial, subsistence or sport fisheries issues; coastal economic development, tourism or marine business management and commercial fisheries development; coastal resilience, community-based science and environmental monitoring; resource management; marine conservation; and environmental literacy. The climate adaptation position is an integral member of Alaska Sea Grant’s extension faculty, working independently but collaboratively with community members, Tribes, scientists, educators, and resource managers. The successful candidate will work with colleagues at the community, state, national, and international scale to develop programs that seek to prepare communities for projected climate scenarios. This position is term funded for two years for a 9 month academic year appointment. Additional funding is the responsibility of the faculty member.

Experience working in rural and/or with Alaska Native communities or populations in Alaska and with diverse cultures and knowledge systems.

Familiarity with adaptation planning.

Ability to work independently and balance complex tasks, deadlines, and budgets from internal and external organizations.

Excellent written and oral communication skills with an advanced knowledge and ability to write and edit reports and other materials.

Ability to plan, develop, and provide workshops and other venues for conversation and learning.

Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific topics and content in culturally appropriate manner via print, electronic media (video, radio, email, social), and in-person appearances.

This position should preferably, but is not required, have experience and/or education in food and energy systems, resilience, and/or climate adaptation planning.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree in the social sciences or in the natural sciences with demonstrated experience in conducting social science.

Position Details:

This position is located on the UAF campus in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a full-time, 9-month, term-funded faculty position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. Starting salary is based on education and experience.

Position is open until filled. For full consideration, please apply by 11:59PM on October 31st, 2023. 

This position is represented by United Academics (UNAC). http://www.unitedacademics.net/

This position is term-funded and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.


The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.


UA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Ashley Lindsoe, Signers' Business Office, HR Manager, at aclindsoe@alaska.edu or 907-474-5664.

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