Climate Central: Program on Sea Level Rise Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 12, 2018)

Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for this position.


Location: Princeton, NJ

Fellowship Position

Position title: Program on Sea Level Rise Fellow

Department: Climate Matters

Reports to: Director, Program on Sea Level Rise

Address of fellowship placement: One Palmer Square, Suite 330, Princeton NJ 08542

Department Description

Climate Central’s Program on Sea Level Rise analyses the present and future impacts of sea level rise and coastal flooding on U.S. and global population, property, and infrastructure; creates compelling interactive maps and other visualizations that bring attention to this worldwide climate impact; engages key stakeholders and the general public through outreach and training in its suite of online tools; and generates media coverage around its scientific papers, short reports and digital content. The program has been consistently contributing to the broader U.S. and global climate conversation since first publishing research in 2011. Examples include repeat front-page coverage by The New York Times, cumulative global media of more than 7,000 stories in 89 countries, and more than 70 million page views of our online content. Our work has been displayed on the U.S. Senate floor, and VP Ben Strauss has testified. Other highlights include multiple pickups by President Obama’s social media feeds.

Position Description

The work required under the fellowship is, by nature, highly interdisciplinary. This position has an arc all the way from research conception through results communication, and provides the opportunity to delve deeply into one of Climate Central’s founding programs. It is a highly entrepreneurial role, with the Fellow working on a small team where each member’s insights and initiatives help to shape outputs with established U.S. and global visibility.

Examples of specific responsibilities, projects, tasks, and/or duties of the Fellow include:

  • Identify, obtain, and analyze large data sets and other primary data; support a diverse research agenda
  • Work closely with senior scientists and data analysts to contribute to, and potentially lead, research reports on sea level rise and coastal flood threats
  • Collaborate with software and web developers to support creation of interactive graphics, maps and other online visual content that convey the urgency of addressing climate change
  • Partner with strategic relations liaison, program director, and communications staff to contribute meaningfully to Climate Central’s outreach and public engagement efforts, and their evaluation
  • Other duties as assigned 

Potential projects include:

  • Working with spatial data for key staple crops, Fellow will analyze threats to regional food security from saltwater intrusion in agricultural deltas globally, and contribute to a report and online visualizations identifying hot spots and time frames for risk.
  • Fellow will analyze and draft a report on U.S. energy or transportation infrastructure exposed to increased coastal flooding, and the cities most at risk in the coming several decades.
  • Fellow will develop and present workshop materials, webinars and online resources to help city planners, government officials, nonprofit organizations and other stakeholders to put Climate Central’s coastal analyses into practical use.


  • Exceptional research and analytical skills
  • Strong quantitative skills and an ability to handle, understand, and analyze large data sets
  • Demonstrated talent for creative analysis andclear presentation of interesting, newsworthy findings from complex data
  • Interest and ability to learn new software, including programming languages and GIS; previous experience preferred
  • Exceptional writing and communications skills
  • Deep interest in climate issues
  • Design and graphic presentation skills a plus
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver products on deadline in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial atmosphere
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member
  • Strong personal organization skills and attention to detail

Professional Development

In addition to professional development opportunities that are integrated into the High Meadows Fellowship program overall, Climate Central cultivates opportunities for High Meadows Fellows to interact with staff at all levels of the organization throughout their two-year term and represent Climate Central at conferences, meetings and other public opportunities. Ready access to staff, academic leaders, in-house and visiting experts offers High Meadows Fellows a great opportunity to build their professional network immediately after college and make a significant contribution early in their careers.