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CA-CP Great Bay-Piscataqua Fellow 2011

CA-CP Great Bay-Piscataqua Fellow 2011

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Sustainability Fellow 2011: Job Description

The Project: Laying the Groundwork for Sustainability Leadership and Innovation in the Great Bay/Piscataqua watershed Clean Air-Cool Planet’s focus is on accelerating the transition toward sustainable systems and communities by creating local models of climate mitigation and adaptation in the Northeast that will inspire leadership and action nationally. A current CA-CP priority is to gain a thorough understanding of the linked human and natural systems that are relevant for climate solutions sustainability in the places and communities where we plan to go deeper and work over the longer-term. We want to gain a sophisticated overview of existing resources and challenges for these communities and systems, including food, energy, water, climate and economic systems as well as identifying promising levers for change. The 2011 CA-CP Sustainability Fellow will work in partnership with the Sustainability Academy at the University of New Hampshire to conduct this research for the Great Bay/Piscataqua region and Watershed. The fellow will compile the following: • • • • • Broad community description (demographic profile, major industries, political hotbuttons, economic challenges, unique elements, etc.) Existing commitments, projects, programs, groups focused on energy/climate “Power mapping” – who are the opinion leaders? What are the priority issues influencing decisions on environmental protection? What are the CA-CP relationships, and what are the existing networks in the area? What are the priority and related activities, projects and priorities at the University of New Hampshire? What are the untapped community resources, priority relationships, existing projects?

The work will involve extensive telephone and face to face interviewing, as well as online research. Some travel in the watershed should be expected, and may require attending occasional events on evenings or weekends.

The Fellow will also report on climate and energy-focused initiatives taking place in other regions with significant natural resource features (e.g., Chesapeake, Hudson River Valley, Adirondacks, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay). The overall research agenda will be based on priorities determined during weekly briefings the Community Fellow will make to her supervisory team, highlighting new contacts made, opportunities identified, new questions raised. Along with these weekly briefings, the Community Fellow will prepare a mid-term summary and a final project presentation to share with CA-CP staff and relevant project partners. Location: CA-CP office, 100 Market St. Suite 204, Portsmouth, NH

Project Goal and Desired Outcomes: A situation analysis of the region that includes a sophisticated overview of existing resources and challenges for these communities and systems, including food, energy, water, climate and economic systems. The product will also include identification of opportunities (relationships, communications) to leverage change as well as lead to recommendations for effective collaborations. At the conclusion of the project, this fellow will: Have project management experience Relationships with a variety of institutional partners in energy, government, sustainability and academia Experience working independently Experience with quantitative data analysis Portfolio: blog posts, research & survey instruments

Time commitment: The Fellow will assume a summer full-time staff position for 10 weeks (between June and August) Compensation: $5000 stipend. Desired Qualifications: 1. Enrolled in a B.S./B.A. or M.S./M.A. Degree Program 2. Knowledge of climate change science required 3. Ability and previous success working independently required 4. Professional phone and email skills required 5. Exceptionally organized and dedicated to following through with individual tasks required

CA-CP Climate Fellowship Eligibility Graduate students, exceptional undergraduate students, and recent graduates are eligible. We will encourage, but not require, an academic sponsor or reference for each fellow, and where possible we will ask that course credits are awarded. Supervision, Training and Mentoring This fellow will receive day-to-day supervision and mentoring from Clean Air-Cool Planet’s Vice President for Programs, Roger Stephenson and from CA-CP’s President and CEO Adam Markham. Fellows will be expected to participate in two events: o o Midterm project presentations to CA-CP staff and relevant project partners A summative evaluation and feedback session at the end of their placement.

These workshops and other post-fellowship communication mechanisms ensure that CA-CP Climate Fellows will belong to a network of passionate students and professionals, and will be able to collaborate and continue learning even after the project has ended. To apply, please submit a letter of interest and resume addressed to Lynn Sullivan at lsullivan@cleanair-coolplanet.org. No phone calls please.

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