Research Assistant Opportunity with the Arctic Rivers Project

Nicole M. Herman-Mercer April 16, 2024

Two research opportunities are available with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to participate in the Arctic Rivers Project.  The Arctic Rivers Project is an NSF-Navigating the New Arctic funded project that is a collaboration between scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, USGS, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, and the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals.  This interdisciplinary project seeks to develop useful and useable climate information to assist Indigenous communities throughout Alaska in adapting to the impacts of climate change particularly as it relates to fish, rivers, and extreme events. (See: for more information).  To that end researchers will work directly with community members from at least three Alaska Native Villages to weave their knowledge of and experiences with climate change impacts together with climate projections from a newly developed regional climate model for the state of Alaska.   The selected research assistant can report remotely; however, preference will be given to participants located in Colorado and Alaska. 

Under the guidance of a mentor, specific activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in workshops to be held in Alaska Native Communities.
  • Developing interview questions and assisting with interviews of Alaska Native Knowledge Holders, Elders, and Decision makers.
  • Analyzing interview transcripts.
  • Assisting in the development of products to share the results of interviews such as manuscripts, storymaps, and community reports.
  • Attending project meetings (Depending on the participant’s location these may be held outside of regular working hours).
  • Communicating regularly with community project partners.

The participant will receive training, coaching, and mentoring from the team leads and project managers to effectively accomplish appointment goals.  Selected participants will receive an hourly rate; rates are based on the candidate’s academic and professional background. Participants will receive a travel/research allowance to cover travel-related expenses to scientific and professional development activities.  Participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or masters program to apply for this opportunity.  

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