UNC’s Natural Hazards Resilience Certificate – applications currently being accepted!

Are you passionate about climate change adaptation, hazard mitigation, or disaster recovery? Do you have a background in land use planning, housing, transportation, economic development, social justice, public health, public administration, or a range of other fields that contribute to these important topics?

If you are interested in learning more about UNC’s Natural Hazards Resilience certificate program, please visit this site or email Gavin Smith at gavin_smith@unc.edu, Anna Schwab at akschwab@email.unc.edu, or Jennifer Butler at jennifer_butler@unc.edu.



Job: Stantec Hazard Mitigation Planner/Risk Assessment Specialist in Raleigh, NC

“Stantec is seeking an experienced/professional Hazard Mitigation Planner/Risk Assessment Specialist to join our growing team in Raleigh, NC! Duties include, but not limited to the following:

  • Assist with development of hazard mitigation plans, hazard risk assessments, and community outreach
  • Assist with meeting facilitation
  • Assist with resilience and emergency management planning
  • Coordinate with other Stantec offices to accomplish project demands
  • Collaborate with government officials, floodplain managers, GIS specialists, emergency managers and planners
  • GIS map production, spatial analysis and geodatabase creation
  • Support with FEMA Risk MAP projects
  • Document client calls and meetings
  • Assist with business development and proposal efforts
  • Collaborate with team members within the project team”

Read more and apply here.

Job: Coastal Ecologist with the National Park Service


“The position will be open Sept 26th and closes October 14th. It is open to all sources. Apply here.

The incumbent will be stationed at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston RI and will serve as a technical specialist for coastal ecology to the Northeast Region.  Supervision is provided by a senior member of the NER Natural Resources Division and will be duty located at the University of Rhode Island.   The coastal ecologist is responsible for program development and implementation.  He/she is expected to apply a systems approach to the study and analysis of coastal/marine ecosystems and other water resource program activities, including wetlands ecology, aquatic ecology, watershed management, and water quality monitoring.

This position provides technical guidance on the application of ecological principles to parks in the preparation, revision, and updating of management plans and compliance, and assists parks and Regional Office staff in the evaluation and coordination of management, monitoring, inventory, and research programs and strategies with park units and other stakeholders.”

Resource: New ASLA guide on resilient design

“A new online guide launched today by the ASLA explains how communities can better protect themselves from natural disasters through resilient landscape planning and design.

According to the guide, the goal of resilient landscape planning and design is to retrofit communities to allow them to recover more quickly from extreme events, now and in the future. The guide is organized around disruptive events that communities now experience: drought, extreme heat, fire, flooding, and landslides. Biodiversity loss is an underlying threat also explored.”

Read more here. H/t to Sarah Johnson for finding this gem!

APA Webinar: Recovery Planning

Courtesy of APA Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division Newsletter

Recovery Planning Webinar

Friday, September 23, 10 a.m. CDT

This will be a free, two-hour interactive webinar offered by APA’s Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Recovery Planning Division.  Although there is no fee for this event, pre-registration is required.  It will feature a broad perspective on preparation of a recovery plan for a community after a disaster. The target audience is professional planners and community executives. Invitations are extended all interested planners but particularly those in states currently dealing with disaster recovery.  Content of the presentations is generally drawn from a 2015 report of the Planning Advisory Service, PAS 576, Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery: Next Generation.  Participants will have an opportunity to offer comments and questions, and to respond with instant polling feedback. The learning objective is for planners and others to gain perspectives on dimensions of disasters, distinctions between short-term response and longer-term recovery, awareness of successful recovery strategies, examples of informational resources provided by APA and types of funding available.

REGISTRATION   This webinar is also open to non-members of APA but first a Non-Member APA Account must be obtained (no cost) at:

All users must pre-register at:  https://www.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9111457/ Registrants will receive an email containing a user-specific login for the Adobe Connect webinar.

This FREE webinar will take place on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 11:00-1:00 p.m. EDT (10 am CDT; 9 am MDT; 8 am PDT).”