Research and Communications Fellow

Apply here. (Applications due Friday, January 31, 2020)

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


Location: Princeton, NJ

Fellowship Position

Position title: Research and Communications Fellow

Department: Climate Matters

Reports to: Chief Meteorologist; Climate Matters Director

Address of fellowship placement: 1 Palmer Square, Suite 402 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 cuttingedge, unique science communications programs.

Climate Matters is a climate change reporting resource program that helps 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 that is produced into easy-to-understand visuals and text backgrounders, helping TV meteorologists and journalists engage 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, tracking media coverage and supporting program evaluation. Previous fellows have also played a leading role in writing weekly text backgrounders, analyzing data sets and helping to interpret stories in the data through supervision of our senior data analyst, and producing the digital package for email distribution. The work required is, by nature, highly interdisciplinary and entails regular engagement with other members of Climate Central.

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

  • Generate and produce interesting, original climate change ideas for reports, stories, and graphics, based on primary data, emerging science, and a knowledge of local conditions relevant to TV meteorologists and journalists
  • Track use of materials in media across all platforms and play a supporting role in the overall program evaluation
  • Opportunities for science writing and web production
  • Identify, obtain, and analyze large data sets and other primary data relevant to climate trends
  • Work closely with senior scientists, data analysts, and communications experts both internally and within the climate change community
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Strong research and analytical skills
  • Solid writing and communications skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deliver products on deadline in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial atmosphere
  • Strong quantitative skills and an ability to understand, analyze, and present newsworthy findings from data sets
  • Broad understanding of and interest in environmental issues
  • 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
  • Design and graphic presentation skills a plus
  • Fluency with basic software – G Suite, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint – and an interest and ability to learn new ones 

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.

For further questions, please contact current fellows: Will Atkinson, Lisa Sheridan, Kelly Van Baalen

Previous fellows: Greta, Julia Langer