Now Hiring

The Institute of the Environment currently has job openings for a Web content assistant for fall 2014, an undergraduate research assistant for fall 2014, and an outreach and program manager:

Web Content Assistant

The Institute of the Environment seeks a graduate student for a half-time GRA for the fall 2014 semester. The successful candidate will work with IE’s editor, graphic designer, and web designers to complete a project to redesign the UA Environment website (currently the UA’s Environment and Sustainability Portal) in a way that usefully conveys the depth, breadth, and longevity of the University’s environmental enterprise. This will entail helping to identify, gather, and input content, including teaser text; photos; information about UA faculty working on environment-related projects or research; information about academic units engaged in environmental themes; information on programs engaged in environmental work; information for students interested in the environment; and other information.  The selected student will become a member of IE's communications team, working in a friendly, interactive environment to create a product unlike anything else on campus in its attempt to create a rich, useful, 3-D picture of environment at the UA.

Required skills

exceptional written and oral communication, excellent organization and ability to multi-task, ability to distill diverse content into clear and succinct language, strong interest in the environment from many different perspectives 

Desired skills

Basic knowledge of Drupal and/or other website content management systems

To apply

The position open until filled and will start as quickly as possible. Review begins September 2. To apply, please send a resume and letter of interest and qualifications to Stephanie Doster,

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Fall ‘14

The Institute of the Environment is seeking a highly motivated junior or senior to assist in data collection and analysis of climate extreme events in cities across the U.S. Southwest. We will be creating a database of major extreme climate-related events of five key climate impacts—drought, fire, stormwater/floods, temperature extremes, and wind—for 13 cities in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah, as well as recording specific action taken to prepare for and respond to those events.

The inventory will support a project in collaboration with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the Western Adaptation Alliance (WAA), informing the communications of WAA members as they broaden support in their respective communities for action on climate adaptation and preparedness.

Primary Duties

The research assistant will support the project leads by exploring existing data sources, such as the National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center, and collecting information surrounding five key climate impacts (drought, fire, floods, temperature extremes, and wind) in 13 U.S. Southwest communities. He/she will assist the leads in identifying and cataloguing major extreme events in the five impact categories for each community and document economic impacts, risk reduction activities, and efficacy of activities.


$9-hour; 10-15 hours/week for the fall semester.

Desired Qualifications

Basic knowledge of Southwest climate
Experience with spreadsheets
Experience with data analysis
Experience performing data and literature searches
Excellent English language communication skills

To apply

Please send resume and contact information for two references to Sarah LeRoy at We will immediately begin reviewing applications, and we will decide on a final candidate no later than September 2, 2014.

Outreach and Program Manager

The Southwest Climate Science Center (SW CSC) is seeking an Outreach and Program Manager who can bring creativity, curiosity, and excellent project management skills to our collaborative work environment.

The SW CSC, housed in the University of Arizona's Institute of the Environment, is one of eight CSCs funded by the Department of the Interior, whose mission is to provide scientific information, tools, and techniques to natural and cultural resources managers in order to help them anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change. We help connect climate science to decision making using innovative approaches to engagement, bring together diverse teams of researchers and stakeholders, and bridge the boundaries too often seen between research and application of science. The SW CSC is a consortium of six universities in the Southwest partnered with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The successful applicant will report to the University SW CSC Director, and also work with the Federal SW CSC Director, and University principal investigators to develop effective and innovative outreach strategies, coordinate communication between the research team and regional climate stakeholders, and coordinate communication between and among the research team.

The outreach and program manager will possess a unique blend of skills and talents, including: sufficient scientific understanding to quickly grasp key insights from climate research; well-honed oral and written communication skills to efficiently translate science for non-expert audiences and also to help communicate stakeholder needs and concerns to scientists; the confidence and organizational skills to help coordinate a dynamic research team; a well-developed set of project management skills.

To apply: Visit the University of Arizona Human Resources website and search for Job Number 55973.

Please direct questions to: Alison Meadow,

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!