Climate Central: Research and Communications Fellowship

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 25, 2019)

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


Location: Princeton, NJ

Fellowship Position

Position title: Research and Communications Fellowship

Department: Climate Matters

Reports to: Chief Meteorologist, Climate Matters Director

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

Department Description

Climate Central is a non-profit, non-policy climate change science and communications organization dealing with arguably the biggest issue of our time. Climate Central has established itself as a key source of information in the U.S. through its cutting-edge, unique science communications programs. The Climate Matters program is a climate change reporting resource that helps our unique network of 750+ TV meteorologists and journalists from all media tell stories about climate impacts and solutions in ways that are local, immediate, and personal - grounded in the latest science. Our team of scientists, data analysts and visual artists identifies and interprets data into easy-to-understand, broadcast-quality visuals and text backgrounders so that meteorologists and journalists can build stories that will engage and enlighten their audience about the realities of climate change in their community.

Position Description

We seek a High Meadows Fellow with the creativity, drive, and entrepreneurial mindset required to play a major role in helping us expand the reach and impact of Climate Matters, as well as other components of Climate Central's work. The Fellow will support a variety of Climate Matters work, such as researching a range of climate change topics, interfacing with scientists, analyzing data sets and helping to interpret stories in the data through supervision of our senior data analyst, tracking media coverage and supporting program evaluation. Previous fellows have also played a leading role in writing weekly text backgrounders and producing the digital package for email distribution. The work required is, by nature, highly interdisciplinary and entails regular engagement with other members of the Climate Central.

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

  • As a key member of the Climate Matters team, interact with other team members to identify ideas for compelling mini-reports, stories, and graphics that convey both impacts of and solutions to climate change on a highly localized basis
  • Working closely with senior scientists, data analysts, and communications experts both internally and within the climate change community to identify, obtain, and analyze large data sets and other data relevant to climate impacts and solutions
  • Write and edit materials for distribution to our network of TV meteorologists and journalists
  • Track use of our materials in media across all platforms and play a supporting role in the overall program evaluation
  • Other duties as assigned


Rather than seeking specific coursework, we are looking for the following interests and skills: 

  • Demonstrated interest in creative analysis and clear presentation of interesting, newsworthy findings from complex data
  • Strong quantitative skills and an ability to handle, understand, and analyze data sets
  • Solid writing and communications skills
  • Ability to deliver products on deadline in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial atmosphere
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners of varied backgrounds and experiences, both independently and as a team member
  • Strong personal organization skills and attention to detail
  • Fluency with basic software - Word, Pages, Excel, and PowerPoint - and an interest and ability to learn new ones
  • Design and graphic presentation skills a plus

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. 

Potential applicants are welcome to contact current fellows Jeremy Zullow, Will Atkinson, Dyonishia Nieves; and previous fellows Greta Shum, Julia Langer

June 30, 2019 (flexible)