Sea Level Rise 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: Sea Level Rise Fellowship

Department: Program on Sea Level Rise

Reports to: Manager, Program on Sea Level Rise

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. Climate Central's Program on Sea Level Rise provides accurate, clear and granular information about sea level rise and coastal flood hazards both locally and globally, today and tomorrow. Anchored in rigorous primary research, our work distinguishes itself by its user-friendly maps and tools, extensive datasets, and high-quality visual presentation. The program helps citizens, communities, businesses, organizations, and governments at every level to understand the consequences of different carbon pathways and to navigate the shifting waters of our warming world.

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 Central's Program on Sea Level Rise. The Fellow's responsibilities will be based on their skills and interests along with the needs of the organization. For example, a Fellow with computer skills could help develop new web tools that further enhance our online platforms; a Fellow with interest in writing could serve as lead author or co-author of short publications that translate our peer-reviewed science for broader audiences; a Fellow with interest in integrating climate risk into business operations could help develop materials that apply our sea-level rise tools to specific portfolios; a Fellow with interest in grassroots outreach could interact directly with coastal stakeholders who use our web tools.

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

  • Work with our sea level rise scientists to assess impacts of sea-level rise on housing, wetlands, biodiversity, and on key facilities such as ports.\
  • Work with our in-house and external software developers to incorporate key new data into our web-based tool that displays highly localized maps of areas vulnerable to sea-level rise worldwide. 
  • Help develop and launch additional user-friendly web tools by assisting with coding, testing, or graphics design, and produce user guides for the new tools.
  • Work with manager and staff writer to receive feedback from web tool users in order to inform future product development and provide content for case studies.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Coding skills in Python, JavaScript, or R (or willingness to learn them) also 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, and 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.

Start date is flexible.