USGS/PI-CASC Positions

Soliciting SOIs for CAP Program mentors

The National CASC and PI-CASC are calling for statements of interest (SOIs) from UH system and University of Guam researchers to mentor and host a post-doctoral researcher as part of the national Climate Adaptation Postdoctoral (CAP) fellows program for 2025-2027. This third iteration of the national cohort will focus on the “Future of Species Range Shifts,” with each postdoc conducting individual research as well as collaborating with other regional postdocs on a national synthesis on the theme. Mentor PIs must be affiliated with a member institution of the CASC university consortium, which for PI-CASC is UH Mānoa, UH Hilo, or the University of Guam. For full details and requirements for the statements, visit the guidance document. Final SOIs should be submitted through the USGS Proposal Solicitation Manager website by December 15, 2023.

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.

2024 NMFS-Sea Grant Fellowship Opportunity open
The National Marine Fisheries Services-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program in population and ecosystem dynamics and marine resource economics places PhD students in research-based fellowships that provide support for up to three years. The program is designed to fulfill workforce development needs identified by the NOAA NMFS. Applications for the 2024 fellowships are now being accepted through January 25, 2024. For more details and to apply, visit the NMFS-Sea Grant fellowship site.

PIPES recruitment announcement
The Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) office at UH Hilo is announcing that their summer 2024 applications will be open between December 13, 2023 and January 31, 2024. This 10-week summer program is on Hawai’i Island for interns to experience cohort and mentor learning while building connections throughout Hawai’i, the Pacific, and the world. Read more details at the PIPES site and apply starting in December.

Other Opportunities

Fisheries Extension Agent position open
The University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program invites applications for a Fisheries Extension Faculty position to serve in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific Region. This role is pivotal in connecting scientific research with local fishing communities and stakeholders, facilitating knowledge transfer, and fostering sustainable fisheries management practices. The Fisheries Extension Faculty will play a vital role in advancing the understanding of fisheries in the Pacific and ensuring the ecological and economic well-being of the region’s aquatic resources. For more details, visit the UH job listing and apply by January 8, 2024 for initial consideration. (Position open until filled.)

DLNR-OCCL hiring planners
The Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Office of Conservation and Coastal Lands is seeking applicants interested in helping protect Hawaiʻi’s marine, coastal , and mauka natural resources in the role of planner. Two positions are open: Planner V and Planner IV. Follow the links to learn more details about the positions and how to apply. Both opportunities will close once 40 applications have been received, so apply today!

Stewardship and Outreach Assistant wanted for North Shore restoration
The North Shore Community Land Trust in collaboration with the USFW James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge is seeking a stewardship and outreach assistant to help with ecological restoration at multiple project sites on Oʻahu’s North Shore (Kalaeokaunaʻoa, Waialeʻe, and James Campbell Wildlife Refuge). For more details on the position and how to apply, visit the NSCLT announcement.  No closing date is listed.

Guam Sea Grant hiring help for Guam Green Growth Circular Economy projects
The Center for Island Sustainability and Guam Sea Grant are hiring a Research Associate II to support the program goals of the Guam Green Growth (G3) initiative. The position will lead the economic valuation assessments of sustainable actions facilitated through the G3 initiative, as well as research, evaluate, and support the development of circular economy products for Guam and regional island partners. For more details, view the RCUG job listing. Position is open until filled.

American Climate Corps
The White House recently announced the creation of a new American Climate Corps. Borrowing from the idea of the Civilian Climate Corps of the 1930’s, the American Climate Corps is a paid training program to provide pathways to high-quality employment opportunities in the public and private sectors. Focusing efforts on land restoration, forest management, improving community resilience, and deploying clean energy, the program hopes to train 20,000 people in the first year. To sign up for more information, visit the Climate Corps announcement.

Hawaiʻi Climate VISTA Corps
The Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission is continuing its participation in the AmeriCorps VISTA program, hiring up to ten new VISTA members to address climate readiness and equity issues statewide, helping vulnerable populations thrive and be resilient in the face of climate change-induced impacts. For more information on the program and currently open positions, visit the Climate Change Commission’s website.

December 1, 2023; doors open at 6:30 pm for 7:00 pm screening
Third and final Sustainability Film Series event at the Doris Duke Theatre (Honolulu, HI) includes two films that explore how sea-level rise is affecting island communities: Anote’s Ark about efforts by Kiribati President Anote Tong to save his nation, and Rise: From One Island to Another, a poetic expedition between two islanders from Marshall Islands and Greenland. Following the film screening, a diverse panel will discuss the making of the film and how sea-level rise is impacting Hawaiʻi and other Pacific Islands. For more details and to register for free tickets, visit the HoMA website.

December 8, 2023, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm HST
The National Tropical Botanical Garden, Pacific RISCC, and Ecosystems Extension invite interested parties to join an in-person discussion forum, on December 8, 2023 during the 2023 Pacific Entomological and Botanical Meeting at the Hilton Waikīkī Beach Hotel in Honolulu, HI. Ecological disturbances are increasing in severity worldwide and restoration practices must adapt. Join the discussion to help build disturbance-ready restoration practices to make restoration more resilient in Hawaiʻi.

December 13, 2023, 8:30 am – 5:15 pm
The University of Hawaiʻi Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation in partnership with the Pi/o Summitt 2023 is sponsoring “Advancing a Circular Economy in Hawaiʻi” at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center to explore this growing sustainability movement. For more details and to register, visit the conference website.

NOAA funding opportunities in coastal habitat restoration and climate resilience
NOAA Fisheries has released two large-scale funding opportunities in the important areas of habitat restoration. The Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience competition will provide nearly $240M to prioritized high-value, high-impact habitat restoration projects ($1M-$25M) that advance resilience and have a transformative impact for coastal communities. For details, visit the NOAA Fisheries website and submit proposals by November 17, 2023.
There is also a targeted opportunity of Coastal Habitat Restoration and Resilience Grants for Tribes and Underserved Communities that will provide nearly $45M for projects that will advance the coastal habitat restoration and climate resilience priorities of tribes and underserved communities. For more details on the opportunity and informational webinars in September, visit the NOAA announcement, and apply by December 19, 2023.

Hawaiʻi Climate Commission invites partners for EPA Grant
The Hawaiʻi Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission is seeking interested partners to be included in a federal grant application to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Climate Pollution Reduction Grants-Implementation Grants (due 4/1/23). As described by the EPA, the opportunity is designed to enable states, municipalities, tribes, and territories to achieve a series of goals in both mitigation and adaptation. Proposals will be considered for inclusion in an application for $50M in climate implementation funds to further mitigation across the state. Proposals are due January 5, 2024. For more details, visit the RFI.

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!