Climate Action Fellowship

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Climate Action Fellowship


Environmental Affairs


Level B (Skilled)

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Essential Functions:
Launching this fall, the Climate Action Fellowship program will offer students from various backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to deeply engage in collaborative thinking and skill development on how to confront the climate crisis in meaningful ways. This Fellowship program is directly tied to Middlebury’s new Climate Action Capacity Project under the umbrella of Environmental Affairs. Fellows will work together (and with partners and mentors) to identify their own roles and theories of change while supporting the engaged learning pillar of Energy2028. They will coordinate with groups on campus and in the community through a mix of defined projects and projects of their own design to envision pathways for all students to leave Middlebury with the knowledge, motivation, and capacity to act on climate change in just and equitable ways.

Eight fellows will comprise the initial cohort for the full academic year with the possibility to extend into summer 2021. This is a 5-10 hour per week paid position.

Visit go/CACP for more information about the Climate Action Capacity Project.

General Responsibilities:
Beginning in the fall, Fellows will focus on understanding roles, system leverage points, and theories of change. Throughout the year, Fellows will meet regularly as a group and individually with the Project Director as needed. They will also have access to mentoring and partnership opportunities depending on their needs and projects. Fellows will support the coordination and follow up surrounding the fall Energy2028 forum and will then spend winter and spring diving into their own team or individual projects.
Those projects may focus on a variety of themes including:
Working with departments, centers, and student groups on climate change integration
Planning and implementing communications efforts
Coordinating speakers, trainings, and other events
Working with data to better understand needs, opportunities, and impacts
Connecting with alumni on career pathways and toolkits
Connecting beyond Middlebury (other schools, external organizations, etc)
Project plans, opportunities to present progress, the development of institutional knowledge, and individual and collective next steps will provide grounding for work throughout the year.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
This program seeks to broaden and deepen Middlebury’s climate efforts. We hope to provide an inclusive space where students from many backgrounds and disciplines have a chance to tackle a topic that spans all topics and career paths. Knowledge, skills, and abilities that would support those efforts include: a basic understanding of climate change, a proven ability to work well in groups and individually, curiosity, and a sense of humor.
Facilitation, design (or other creative skills), project management, organizing, and assessment are all examples of helpful but by no means required skills.
No experience is strictly required, and we hope to see applicants from across Middlebury departments, though a working knowledge of climate change, a proven desire to move from theory to action, and effective communication skills will enhance the experience.

Applications are due Sept. 2.

This position is approved for remote work within the United States only.

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Middlebury, VT Campus

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Academic Year

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

How do you think change happens?
What kind of future do you hope to live in?
How can Middlebury ensure that all students leave equipped to tackle climate change?
How might your work as a Fellow support that? What perspectives might you bring to the table?
How might you help us to create an inclusive and welcoming space in the Fellowship program and beyond?
What kind of work do you hope to do after graduation?
What topics would you be most interested in exploring as a group/individual?

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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 5/27/2021
Work Type: Full Time