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Arctic Adaptation Knowledge Production

  2024-01-03     Woodwell Climate Research Center     Anchorage, Alaska  


Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell Climate) conducts science for solutions at the nexus of climate, people, and nature. We partner with leaders and communities for just meaningful impact to address the climate crisis.


We are seeking an Arctic  Adaptation Knowledge Co-Production Lead (Arctic Adaptation Lead) to support climate change adaptation and resilience in Alaska Native communities. The Arctic Adaptation Lead will work closely with Alaska-based project partners and researchers from Woodwell Climate Research Center to integrate Indigenous Knowledge with environmental analyses to support adaptation decision making for select Alaska communities impacted by permafrost thaw, erosion, and flooding. Manage the coordination of Woodwell’s technical work in monitoring, mapping and modeling with partnering communities (currently ten) and tribal liaisons. Collaborate with Woodwell’s Arctic policy and communications teams to ensure the integration of environmental work into community-led adaptation decisions and policy. Work within a highly collaborative team of Arctic environmental researchers, Indigenous Knowledge holders, policy experts, and communications specialists for the Permafrost Pathways project.


  • Coordinate and collaborate with Woodwell technical experts and scientists, Alaska-based project partners, and community liaisons of Alaska Native tribal partners to:

    • Assess evolving environmental monitoring and modeling needs of Alaska Native partner communities to inform knowledge of current and future impacts of climate change.

    • Collect and collate environmental data in Alaska Native partner communities.

    • Present results in a manner that responds to community needs and supports community-led adaptation decision making.

  • Travel to Alaska Native partner communities to strengthen collaboration with tribal liaisons and decision makers, and to coordinate environmental monitoring and modeling work with tribal liaisons.

  • Partner with communities, liaisons, and Woodwell scientists, to develop a process for sharing and archiving data that ensures tribal data sovereignty.

  • Lead the development of a “Permafrost Adaptation Toolkit” that encapsulates best practices for co-producing knowledge of permafrost thaw in Alaska Native communities, as informed by environmental monitoring work of the project.

  • Work closely with Woodwell Arctic Policy and Communications teams to increase Alaska Native influence on climate adaptation decision making, and elevate Indigenous voices in climate change policy, research, and dialogue.

  • Facilitate adaptation-team meetings, and collaborate on the coordination of workshops and other events.

  • Represent the project team and participate in relevant meetings and working groups.

  • Contribute to Arctic policy briefs, publications, and other project-related materials focused on co-production of knowledge and adaptation decision making.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent relevant experience.

  • Knowledge and experience working in Arctic and sub-Arctic regions and understanding of how climate change is impacting Arctic communities.

  • Knowledge of governance in Alaska and experience working with Alaska Native communities’ tribal and local governments.

  • Excellent communication skills (written, verbal and interpersonal).

  • Familiarity with environmental data collection processes and ownership.

  • Highly organized, attentive to detail, and results oriented.

  • Ability to translate technical information into clear, engaging language for communities and general audiences.

  • Ability to travel to Alaska communities.


  • Prior research collaboration and co-production of knowledge with Arctic Indigenous scientists and knowledge-holders and Western scientists.

  • Capacity to work independently, collaboratively, and creatively to find solutions to challenges.

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice preferred.

Physical Requirements:

In the office:

  • Ability to tolerate sustained periods of walking, standing, sitting

  • Ability to lift 25 pounds

  • Ability to communicate

  • Ability to kneel, bend, and carry items

  • Ability to use phone and computers

  • Repetitive movements

  • Air, train, vehicle travel to attend meetings/event

In the field, the physical requirements of this role include:

  • Air, train, vehicle travel to access field locations

  • Driving a vehicle or ATV to access field locations

  • Walking, hiking, climbing to access field locations

  • Paddling, canoeing to access field locations

  • Standing and sitting for sustained periods

  • Frequent bending, squatting, and kneeling

  • Reaching overhead

  • Climbing ladders

  • Use of manual and power tools including shovels, saws, drills, and hammers

  • Ability to lift up to 25lbs up to 10 times/day

  • Ability to carry up to 25lbs up to 10 times/day

  • Ability to push/pull up to 25lbs up to 10 times/day

Work Environment:

The functions of this role are conducted in:

  • A variety of environments, both indoor and outdoor

Application review will begin on December 15, 2023

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range starting at $90,000 dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Alaska, preferred (remote work location is feasible)

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our career’s portal.

Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 100+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.

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