, funded by the University of
Colorado Boulder’s “Grand Challenge: Our Space, Our Future” and
part of CIRES, seeks a Program Assistant to join a dynamic team
pushing the frontiers of Environmental Data Science. The qualified
candidate will be responsible for carrying out administrative and
scientific duties related to the operations of Earth Lab and
assisting the Earth Lab Director in implementing the program. Earth
Lab partners closely with ESIIL
, and this position
will work closely with ESIIL staff as well. The duties for this
position are varied and require an interest and ability in learning
new skills, working within a science research team, ability to
write and interpret scientific data and working across
This position is part-time, 75% (30 hours per week) through June
30, 2023 and offers benefits
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
mission is to harness the
data revolution through research, analytics, and education to
accelerate understanding of global environmental change to help
society better manage and adapt.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
Communication and outreach
- Create the quarterly science newsletter for Earth Lab including
design and content and write blog posts on key topics of interest
for Earth Lab programs (e.g., summarizing recent publications and
new projects related to global environmental change).
- Update Earth Lab website (e.g., create new project pages,
update content), working with the software developer and CIRES IT
as needed for technical help.
- Work on developing Earth Lab’s social media presence (e.g.,
LinkedIn, Twitter) including promoting the Earth Data Analytics
Certificate Program that teaches skills in earth science, data
analytics, interdisciplinary collaboration and science
- Work on signage and branding materials (e.g., one pagers) for
Earth Lab and ESIIL for specific events (e.g., conferences) and
- Coordinate with CIRES comms team by participating in their
bi-weekly meeting to support Earth Lab communications and attend
CIRES town hall meetings and report back to whole team.
What You Should Know
- Coordinate Earth Lab administrative needs including room
scheduling, convening groups (coordinating schedules, creating
calendar invites, setting up zoom meetings), purchasing, updating
contact lists and listservs, student hires.
- Help track Earth Lab publications, press coverage, and grants
- Help create reference libraries for grant proposal
- Pathfind on best practices for remote engagement for day-to-day
and one off events (e.g., using BlueSky Timer for workshops).
- Assist the Earth Lab Education and Analytics teams with various
efforts as needed (e.g., EDS seminar, trainings).
- Help with various administrative needs as we launch ESIIL
including interfacing on hiring, finance, IT, or event
What We Can Offer
- The selected individual needs to be able to consistently commit
30 hours a week. This position is a temporary appointment lasting
until June 30, 2023. Any continuation of this position beyond June
2023 would be contingent upon funding.
- We provide space in our Earth Lab suite for staff to work to
facilitate collaboration across Earth Lab projects and teams.
- This will be a hybrid position with some in person work and
some remote work.
- Hybrid work arrangements will follow current CIRES and
university guidance and policies.
- The in-person work will be conducted in the Earth Lab offices
in the SEEC Building on the CU Boulder East Campus.
- All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to
comply 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
- CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
- The annual salary range for this position is $35,880 - $42,120
at 75% FTE (equivalent to a full-time, 100% salary of $47,840 -
$56,160). Salary is commensurate with education and experience and
determined based on our CIRES internal career track
- No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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
Be ambitious. Be game-changing. Be Boulder.
What We Require
What You Will Need
- Bachelor’s degree in Geography/Ecology/Environmental Sciences
or related field.
- At least 1 year of relevant work experience.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Excellent communication skills for technical and non-technical
- Experience in scientific writing and editing.
- Demonstrated experience working with collaborative software
(e.g., Slack, Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides).
- Independent worker.
- Background knowledge of global environmental change.
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 have a
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and 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
- Experience using Drupal for website development and
- Experience with social media platforms (e.g., Twitter).
- Experience with reference management software (e.g., Zotero,
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
- List of contact information for 3 professional references
(name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be
contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t
need to include letters of recommendation with your initial
application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the
search committee will request a letter of recommendation at a later
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
To apply for this position, please submit your application
through CU Jobs. The position will remain open until filled.
Applications received by 9/13/22 will receive full
For more information about Earth Lab, visit the website: https://earthlab.colorado.edu/
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:
Rachel Chelsea Nagy
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