Now Hiring: Graduate Student in Advancing Climate Adaptation in Northern MN

Are you interested in advancing climate adaptation work across communities and landscapes in Northern Minnesota through your graduate studies? 

A new collaborative team between the University of Minnesota and the 1854 Treaty Authority is seeking a motivated graduate student to join our team to help support climate adaptation efforts underway across the 1854 Ceded Territory. The student will help the project team, under the supervision of Dr. Heidi Roop, Dr. Elise Harrington, Hilarie Sorensen, and Dr. Joseph Bauerkemper to:

  1. evaluate progress, barriers to, and opportunities for adaptation in this region, and;  
  2. lead the co-creation of an updated vulnerability assessment and adaptation plan with the 1854 Treaty Authority and the Bois Forte, Fond du Lac and Grand Portage Bands to advance ecological and cultural resilience. This will include updating adaptation objectives, outcomes, and resilience metrics for this region.

This student will be a critical member of our team and will have opportunities to participate in tribal and community engagement and will help with other project deliverables including the development of interactive data tool, and communication and engagement efforts designed to showcase the region’s progress towards community and ecosystem climate resilience. 

We are seeking students from a range of undergraduate degree backgrounds including social, natural, physical, American Indian Studies/Indigenous studies, and/or policy sciences. Working on this project students will build skills related to climate adaptation planning, data analysis (both quantitative and qualitative), tribal governance, and participatory engagement processes. The student may pursue a degree in the Graduate Program for Land and Atmospheric Science; the Master of Science in Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy; the Master of Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship; or the Master in Tribal Administration and Governance.

This is a two-year, fully funded, masters-level position with a preferred start date in September 2022. Interested applicants should email the project advisors to discuss their interests and the application process. 

Applications will be reviewed until filled.

Advisory Team Contact Information: Heidi Roop ([email protected]), Elise Harrington ([email protected]), Hilarie Sorensen ([email protected]), and Joseph Bauerkemper ([email protected]).

This position is contingent upon final grant approval expected in March 2022. 

Now hiring graduate student in climate adaptation in Northern MN