The American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) connects and supports climate change adaptation professionals to advance innovation and excellence in the field. We believe that climate change is a real and serious danger to all sectors and systems; that adaptation and resilience build stronger, more prepared communities, ecosystems, and economies; and that equity and environmental justice should be centered in all work that adaptation professionals do. ASAP members are building essential climate resilience for communities, ecosystems, and economies across North America. The ASAP network keeps them connected, sharing, learning, and adapting.

We are seeking an Adaptation Fellow to lead ASAP's work preparing communities to receive climate migrants for 20 hours/week between May 2021-March 2022. This is an extra‐budgetary, grant‐funded position. This position will be paid hourly at a rate between $18 and $25 and includes paid time off and professional development opportunities. Location is U.S. based, but otherwise flexible. This position reports to the ASAP Deputy Director. Deadline to apply is April 4, 2021. Applicants should be available to start between May 1-May 15, 2021.


Support 3-5 cross-disciplinary teams developing climate-informed methodologies to predict migration into the Great Lakes region.
  • Facilitate productive conversations between team members from different disciplines (e.g. demography, climatology, and urban planning)
  • Coordinate monthly peer-learning and knowledge-sharing opportunities for teams
  • Coordinate process for drafting and submitting peer-reviewed publication(s)

Design and implement conversations with individuals and groups across sectors and scales affected by climate migration

  • Use a collaborative process to design conversation protocols
  • Manage relationships with people participating in conversations
  • Use qualitative methods to synthesize and report information shared during conversations

Design and implement virtual events to share project findings and educate the climate adaptation community

  • Design and implement webinars
  • Design and implement a multi-day virtual capstone conference for the project

Participate in project strategy development

  • Collaborate with ASAP Executive Director, ASAP Deputy Director, and external partners on project implementation, funding, scaling, and transfer strategies

Additionally, all ASAP staff support organizational management and advancement by:
  • Contributing ideas for member engagement and value creation;
  • providing timely response to (or timely fielding of) member requests;
  • participating in workplace development, teambuilding, and strategy-setting activities; and
  • identifying and reporting leads for donors, funders, sponsors, partners, and collaborators.

What makes a great candidate?

Knowledge, skills, and experience important to succeed in this role
  • Interest in climate migration.
  • Commitment to justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • At least one year of graduate-level coursework focused on climate change adaptation/climate resilience or equivalent knowledge gained through other means.
  • Experience designing or implementing virtual events.
  • Experience coordinating and facilitating groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent ability to manage time, remain organized, and pay attention to details.

Skills and abilities that are important for you to thrive in the ASAP workplace

  • Desire and ability to work both on a collaborative team and independently.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite (GMail, Google Hangouts, and Google Calendar).
  • Fluency in using video and audio calling, text, email, and digital calendar to connect and communicate across a remote team.

Things that would make your application stand out

  • Familiarity with common issues and terms relevant to the topic of climate migration.
  • Experience with peer reviewed publication submission processes.
  • Experience managing multidisciplinary or cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience using Zoom Meeting and Zoom Webinar to host virtual events.

Hiring Process
  • Deadline to apply is April 4, 2021. 
  • Phone screenings will begin the week of April 5.
  • Video interviews will begin the week of April 12.
  • Hiring decision will be made at the end of April or the beginning of May.
  • Applicants should be available to start between May 17-May 27, 2021.

Black people, Indigenous Peoples, people of color, and people with low incomes are on the front lines of climate change. The field of climate change adaptation must include professionals who can meaningfully represent the concerns of people with these identities and backgrounds. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications from people who hold these identities. Additionally, ASAP is committed to creating a dynamic, multi-cultural, diverse working environment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ancestry, religion, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, citizenship or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. ASAP is an equal opportunity employer.
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