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CIRES/ NSIDC Arctic Research & Community Engagement 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) welcomes applications for a full-time Arctic Research & Community Engagement Coordinator to provide coordination for advancing international Arctic research engagement and promoting safe working environments in remote field sites for researchers. The Arctic Research Engagement Coordinator will serve related projects/initiatives:

  • As the engagement coordinator for U.S. participation in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) (50% time).
  • As an events and community-building coordinator for the Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO) (30% time).
  • As a training facilitator and liaison to the field research team for the ADVANCEing FieldSafety (AFS) program (20% time).

This position will provide an exciting opportunity to connect across CIRES with the overall aim to advance collaborative and safe polar research.

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

At CIRES, more than 950 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, 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.

CIRES is home to several centers, including the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) and the Center for Education, Engagement and Evaluation (CEEE). NSIDC conducts innovative research and provides open data to understand how the frozen parts of Earth affect the rest of the planet and impact society. Research studies and data are primarily focused on the snow, ice, glaciers, frozen ground and climate interactions that make up Earth’s cryosphere. Through a unique combination of data management and scientific research, NSIDC enables scientists, educators, students, journalists and many others to better understand the cryosphere, why it’s important and how it’s changing. CEEE consists of a team of 24 outreach, education and evaluation professionals. CIRES CEEE is a well-known and trusted partner for connecting CIRES science with educators, learners and communities. The team strives to make research data accessible, inspire environmental action and empower curiosity and scientific engagement. CEEE provides accessible, inclusive, high-quality environmental science curriculum and informal learning experiences, as well as meaningful professional and career development opportunities.

Within NSIDC and CEEE, three current initiatives will provide the work and direction for this position:

  • The engagement office for U.S. participation in the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) is based within NSIDC. IASC is a non-governmental, international scientific organization that encourages and facilitates cooperation in all aspects of Arctic research. NSIDC Scientist Matthew Druckenmiller is the Lead U.S. Delegate to IASC and, in close coordination with the U.S. Polar Research Board, oversees overall U.S. engagement and participation in IASC. A key milestone of this engagement will take place in March 2025 when the University of Colorado Boulder hosts Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW), which is the annual conference of IASC that provides opportunities for coordination, cooperation and collaboration between the various scientific organizations involved in Arctic research.
  • The Polar Science Early Career Community Office (PSECCO), based within CEEE, is a national organization focused on scientists who are studying Arctic and Antarctic regions who are early in their careers ranging from undergraduate-level to individuals who are 10-years past their last-earned degree. PSECCO’s mission is focused on empowering and elevating polar early career scientists in their work, supporting vibrant community, providing opportunities and resources, offering skill trainings and working together towards more just, inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible polar science environments.
  • The ADVANCEing FieldSafety (AFS) program, based within CEEE, is a training program focused on supporting field research teams to develop a welcoming, inclusive and safe field environment. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Coordinating Engagement, Collaboration of Partners, and Meeting Planning

  • Planning, co-organizing and facilitating meetings (small meetings, a large international meeting, and a medium-sized international early career event)
  • Implementing shared file management
  • Tracking priorities and milestones

Coordinating Communications

  • Managing email communications
  • Developing and managing social media presence
  • Managing content development and updating websites

Training facilitation and Community Engagement Activities

  • Planning virtual and in-person event logistics for PSECCO-related professional development-focused workshops, networking events, social planning, and more polar early career support-focused activities
  • Planning and facilitating professional development workshops around AFS topics (content has been developed)
  • Using knowledge of Arctic research and/or field research environments to support field research teams in their planning, logistics support, and development of field safety documents

What You Should Know

  • Funding for this full-time position is available for 1.5 years. Continuation of this position beyond 1.5 years is contingent upon performance and the availability of funds.
  • The hiring and administering of this position will be through the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
  • This position will be physically based at the University of Colorado Boulder campus in Boulder, Colorado. Telework may be approved for 1-3 days per week. 

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES offers a generous compensation and benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary for this position ranges from $42,180 to $68,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Some relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and a Mentorship Program.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by U.S. News.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, you will have free access to the regional public transit system, an outstanding network of buses, and light rail systems that service Boulder and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.


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

  • Bachelor’s degree. Directly relevant experience may substitute for a bachelor’s degree on a year-per-year basis.

What You Will Need

  • Prior knowledge of Arctic environments, communities, and cultures
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills
  • Ability to work and contribute to a highly collaborative team environment
  • Technical competence in working with email clients, cloud-based file sharing platforms, and other web-based collaboration tools
  • High level of attention to detail

What We Would Like You to Have

We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you meet the minimum qualifications 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.

  • Experience planning, facilitating and hosting trainings, workshops or other events.
  • Experience managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
  • Experience engaging with Arctic research communities.
  • Experience working with Arctic communities and Indigenous Peoples.
  • Experience working within polar early career focused organizations.
  • Interest in and relevant experience in advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity principles in a community space.
  • Interest in and relevant experience in advancing safety in field research environments.

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.
  3. Although not required at the time of application, please be ready to submit contact information for 5 references (including 2 supervisors or professors) who are willing to complete a SkillSurvey report on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an automated reference check solution. Answers will remain confidential and shared only with members of the hiring committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, 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.

Posting will close June 19, 2024.

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: Matthew Druckenmiller

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