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CIRES/NIDIS Regional Drought Information Coordinator

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are seeking a full-time Regional Drought Information Coordinator to work as part of an interdisciplinary team as the coordinator for selected regional NIDIS drought early warning systems (DEWS). NIDIS is a federal interagency and interstate effort to establish a national drought early warning information system in the U.S.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team to advance NIDIS through a number of strategies:
  • Developing the leadership and networks to implement an integrated drought monitoring, forecasting, and planning and preparedness system at federal, tribal, state, and local levels.
  • Fostering and supporting a research environment focusing on risk assessment, planning, forecasting, monitoring, impact collection and analysis, and mitigation.
  • Contributing to a drought early warning information system to provide accurate, timely, and integrated information specific to regional needs and economic sectors.
  • Developing content and interactive components for the U.S. Drought Portal (, as part of the drought early warning information system.
  • Providing a framework for public awareness and education about droughts and high precipitation events that ameliorate or terminate droughts.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Serve as a regional source of information for federal agency partners, tribes, states, municipalities, partner academic institutions, and other organizations on drought early warning, forecasting and outlooks, and mitigation and response planning.
  • Develop, sustain, and expand team of partners who support DEWS activities, such as the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), NOAA’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISAs), state climatologists, Regional Climate Centers (RCCs), and other public and/or private partners at the federal, state, tribal, and local level.
  • Work closely with state climatologists, state and regional drought planners and emergency managers, and others to coordinate drought outlooks and forecast delivery, as well as post-drought assessments.
  •  Advance the integration of research on drought indicators and triggers, drought impacts, and the use of drought information, with adaptation and drought resilience efforts to manage water resources, reduce vulnerabilities, and mitigate impacts.
  • Coordinate, organize, and collate partner feedback to write regional DEWS strategic plans, and work with regional partners to implement activities within the plan.
  • Develop mechanisms (e.g. decision support system tools and trainings) to integrate state/regional drought planning efforts with monitoring/forecasting activities at Federal, regional, and state agencies and universities.
  • Assist in event-planning activities (virtual and in-person) to convene regional and national workshops, DEWS meetings, outlook forums, trainings, webinars, and conferences, and document the findings through meeting summaries, project reports, and other follow-up documentation.
  • Review, evaluate, and manage project statements of work for NIDIS-funded partners in the DEWS region.
  • Frequent domestic travel required of this position.
  • Special projects as assigned.

What You Should Know

  • Selected finalists will be required to successfully complete a federal background clearance process. 
  • Visa sponsorship is not offered for this position. Candidates must be able to legally work in the U.S on a full-time basis.
  • Frequent domestic travel is required for this position.
  • Depending on the selected candidate’s preferred location, this position may be located in Boulder, Colorado; or in Texas and hosted remotely by one of two regional partners: the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (San Marcos, Texas), or the Southern Regional Climate Center (College Station, Texas).
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

CIRES offers a generous compensation package:
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $75,000- $105,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.
  • This position can accommodate a hybrid work environment.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • B.S./M.S in natural or water resource management, geography, public policy, economics, or environmental sciences including climatology and/or atmospheric sciences.
  • Minimum 7 years of professional work experience in one or more of the following: water resources, natural resources, drought, hazard mitigation, disaster response, climate extremes, public policy or related.
  • Mid to senior-level experience in developing and implementing state drought, water resources, or hazard mitigation plans, participating in state drought task forces, or other similar collaborations.
  • Experience in engaging users and stakeholders across a variety of economic sectors and communicating drought and climate information.
  • Experience in developing and implementing comprehensive strategic plans.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated ability to develop effective and cooperative relationships with federal, state, local agencies and universities. Experience with tribal partners is also highly valued.
  • Demonstrated strong project management skills in a high-paced environment.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a diverse group of partners.
  • Excellent demonstrated written and oral communication skills; ability to present complex ideas concisely through written and verbal delivery for different audiences.
  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative and inclusive work environment.
  • Demonstrated strong and effective facilitation skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Demonstrated leadership in creating and maintaining relationships and networks with partners in areas of water resources, natural resources, drought, disaster response, hazard mitigation, climate extremes, and/or public policy.
  • Professional proficiency in social media and other virtual engagement and meeting platforms.
  • Please note that while the position details both required and preferred skills and experience, we invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this “What We Would Like You To Have” section. If you meet the requirements and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on the job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position. Please indicate in your cover letter the location of the position for which you would like to be considered, Boulder, CO, or a regional location.
  3. List of contact information for 3 professional references who may be contacted to offer a professional reference (please include name, title, institution, professional connection to you, email and phone number for each).
If you are selected as the finalist, we will request a letter of recommendation and your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The posting will remain open until finalists have been identified. Applications will be screened as they are received.

 Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Elizabeth Ossowski

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