USGS/PI-CASC Positions

An ORISE research opportunity is currently available with USGS PI-CASC: Increasing the Impact of Co-Produced Climate Science Among Diverse Pacific Practitioners. Please see full details of the responsibilities, expectations, and qualifications on the Zintellect announcement page. For inquiries, contact PI-CASC Federal Director Mari-Vaughn Johnson at mvjohnson(at) The deadline to apply for this opportunity is 3 p.m. September 23 ET. Note: The announcement currently states that this opportunity will be located in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, but it is also open to applicants based in other locations.

Successfully adapting to climate change requires climate justice and advancing equity. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) and Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity (DEO) are advertising for a National Leader for Climate Justice to serve as a primary subject matter expert in climate justice; set a vision and path for the CASC network to build and grow climate justice activities and partnerships; and strengthen relationships between the CASCs and the DEO, including collaboration with the USGS Title VI and Environmental Justice Programs. For more information, visit the USGS information page and apply before September 28, 2022.

Student/Post-Doc Opportunities

The SURF program provides promising undergraduates the opportunity to gain valuable research experience, improve their skills in climate science, and expand their knowledge of environmental issues in Hawaiʻi and Guam, working with a faculty mentor on a climate science or adaptation research project.

Check the SURF page for more details of the program.

PI-CASC offers full-time funding for graduate students at UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, and UOG who are working toward advanced degrees in climate related topics. Graduate Scholars are also expected to participate in professional development and outreach projects that support their progress toward succesful completion of their thesis and/or dissertation and valuable opportunities to further their education, while addressing the mission and vision of PI-CASC.

Details will be provided when the next opportunity is available.

Ocean Exchange Call for Solutions
The Ocean Exchange Collegiate Award 2022 offers $10,000 to the solution that advances our understanding of the ocean and helps minimize our impact on these resources, even while using them for human benefit. This will result in more resilient bodies of water, including healthy marine life and coastlines. This opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students applying as individuals or teams. Learn more and register by September 26, 2022

Presidential Management Fellows Program Class of 2023 applications open
The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program seeks eligible individuals for assessment and potential to be selected as fellows with a variety of appointment opportunities in the Federal government. Thoroughly review the announcement and the Become a PMF section of the PMF website for more information about eligibility, the application and assessment process, and the application timeline.  The opportunity closes on September 27, 2022.

USGS Mendenhall postdoctoral fellowship position
The Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program is advertising for a postdoctoral candidate  for a research opportunity titled “Enhancing the climate resilience of 450 threatened and endangered Hawaiian plants through modeling and conservation decision support for outplanting and translocation planning.” The position is based out of the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center.  For more information, visit the USGS information page. The application must be submitted through USA Jobs by November 1, 2022.

Other Opportunities

Conservation International hiring an associate scientist in MPAs and climate change
Conservation International (CI) partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together. CI is currently seeking to hire a research scientist to work to build a community of practice of Marine Protected Area (MPA) managers and stakeholders in an era of rapid climate change, with special emphasis on coordination, communications outreach, and contribution to research in MPA theory and practice, climate change, and marine conservation science. For more details and to apply, visit the CI job description. Application deadline is September 30, 2022.

New York Aquaculture Specialist
New York Sea Grant and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University are hiring an Aquaculture Specialist to serve as a primary resource on aquaculture science, technology, business, and economics and be responsible for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University aquaculture programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context. For more information and how to apply, visit the job description and apply by September 25, 2022.

Marshall Islands Coastal Management Agent
The University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program is seeking applications for its Marshall Islands Coastal Management Agent position, to be based at the College of the Marshall Islands in Majuro. This is a full-time position that includes working local, federal, and private sectors to conduct assessments and research on land use planning and building practices to help inform policymaking. Check the job announcement page for more details. This position closes on October 4 or sooner, if a candidate is chosen earlier.

September 28; 2:00 – 3:30 pm HST
Pacific RISCC is hosting a double webinar titled “Hawaiian Forest Birds Conservation,” with two presentations exploring the effects of climate change on Hawaiian forest birds: “Hawaiian Forest Bird Extinction Crisis: Causes and Management Alternatives” with Megan Laut, and “Biocultural Considerations for Hawaiian Forest Bird Conservation” with Stanton Enomoto. For more information and to register, visit our PI-CASC event page.

NOAA Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience for Underserved Communities funding
NOAA’s FY2022 Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Underserved Communities Notice of Funding Opportunity is offering up to $10 million in funding for three-year awards engaging underserved communities in habitat restoration activities that promote resilient ecosystems and communities. This opportunity will provide capacity for these communities to more fully participate in developing future transformational habitat projects. This engagement is intended to ensure that communities are integral to the visioning and decision-making for coastal habitat restoration projects affecting their communities, and that the benefits of such projects flow back to underserved communities. For more information and to submit proposals, visit NOAA’s announcement page. Note that the original submission deadline has been extended to October 5, 2022.

RFP for improving water quality in Hawaiʻi
The State of Hawaiʻi Polluted Runoff Control Program has released its 2022 Watershed Implementation Projects Requests for Proposals (RFP). This RFP focuses on projects that will reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollution and improve water quality in watersheds with existing Hawaiʻi Department of Health-approved watershed-based plans or alternative plans. Find more information about this RFP, as well as download a copy of the RFP and required attachments, on the Hawaiʻi State Procurement Office’s HANDS website. Proposals are due October 12, 2022, 3 P.M. (HST).

Funding Opportunities List
The Hawaiʻi Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations has made an excellent calendar listing of local and national funding opportunities, arranged by due date. Check it out at the HANO website and bookmark it for future reference!