Job: Research Project Manager, UNC Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative

The Project Manager will assist the State of North Carolina’s Senior Disaster

Recovery Advisor and Chief of the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery

and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI) manage the daily activities of the

HMDRRI. The HMDRRI is a partnership spanning the University of North

Carolina, the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, the

Governor’s Office and local communities recovering from Hurricane

Matthew. Specific tasks of the HMDRRI include advising the Division of

Emergency Management and the Governor on post-disaster policy and

funding initiatives; assisting communities develop disaster recovery plans;

conducting applied research; and other activities as assigned.


This position requires an individual with experience in managing the daily

operations of a dynamic organization operating in a turbulent environment.

Experience managing operations in a post-disaster setting are preferred.

This position will assist the State of North Carolina’s Senior Disaster

Recovery Advisor and Chief of the Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery

and Resilience Initiative oversee all activities of the Initiative.


Specific activities include organizing meetings, managing and organizing the data

collected as part of the Initiative, documenting the efforts of the HMDRRI,

coordinating activities across the Initiative, and writing correspondence and

reports. Familiarity with the writing and publication of plans, applied research

findings and outreach and training materials are preferred.



Jobs: 4 positions with Miami-Dade County Office of Resilience

Miami-Dade County’s Office of Resilience is happy to announce that it is searching for highly qualified candidates to fill four new positions. The Office of Resilience is within the County’s Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources.

Please review the 4 position descriptions below, in particular noting preferences and recruitment notes and the specific job opening number for each position.

The link to access the County’s job posting website and apply for the positions is:

Please do us the favor of spreading the word regarding these job openings.

Job Title: RER Resiliency Program Manager (Adaptation)  –  Open Competitive

Job Opening: 42256                         

Entry Rate: $78,618.80

Yearly Maximum Rate: $121,880.46

Closing Date: February 5, 2017

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree. Three years of professional administrative, or managerial experience, to include supervisory experience in environmental science, sustainability, ecology, water resources, biology, conservation, energy management, engineering, climatology, or related fields are required.

Preferences Experience in working with a broad range of stakeholders on complex technical and social issues, analyzing and communicating impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and evaluating adaptation and resilience options to address impacts, is highly preferred. Certification as a Flood Plain Manager is highly preferred.

Recruitment Notes The ideal candidate should possess strong research, organizational, leadership, interpersonal, problem-solving & communication skills, and be able to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.

This is advanced professional and supervisory work with technical and administrative responsibility in analyzing, understanding, planning, and preparing for the effects of climate change and sea level rise in Miami-Dade County. The Adaptation Resilience Program Manager will serve as a primary point person, coordinator, and manager for climate change adaptation and resilience efforts in Miami-Dade County. This includes working across all departments, as well as coordinating with contracted expertise and a multitude of external stakeholders, including but not limited to, municipalities, businesses, residents, community organizations, and other local, regional, state and federal organizations and agencies. The incumbent will be responsible for understanding and effectively communicating complex issues and the pros and cons of various proposed adaptive measures, as well as cost vs. benefits, in order to provide guidance on actions and implementation that are the most beneficial and cost-effective.


Job Title: RER Resiliency Coordinator 1   –   Open Competitive

Job Opening: 42254

Entry Rate: $56,132.44

Yearly Maximum Rate: $89,896.04

Closing Date: February 7, 2017

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree,  One year of professional experience in environmental science, sustainability, ecology, biology, engineering, energy management, climatology, urban  planning or related field are required.

Recruitment Notes   The ideal candidate should possess a sustainability, resiliency, or science background and superior communication skills, superior writing, editing, proofreading skills in variety of styles, including newswriting, copywriting, and speechwriting, for newsletters, digital platforms, presentations and scientific reports,  experience using AP Style writing guidelines, Adobe Photoshop, experience with sustainability/resiliency planning and/or project implementation including research, data & policy analysis, community engagement, stakeholder engagement including mass communications, presentations, education, media and social media are highly desired.

Description of Duties:  The incumbent in this position will be responsible for providing effective education and communication about government and community sustainability / resilience initiatives and projects. The incumbent should be scientifically knowledgeable about a wide range of sustainability and resilience policies and highly technical issues and have demonstrated experience and success in crafting effective outreach, marketing, and education campaigns and initiatives. An incumbent in this position will serve as the primary developer of all forms of outreach, marketing, and education efforts on behalf of the Office of Resilience. Since sustainability and resiliency issues are very broad, the incumbent will be working on enterprise-wide (across all departments) and community-wide issues. The incumbent must apply strong research, organizational, and communication skills to create presentations, scientific reports, planning strategies, educational materials, and other communication pieces about the County’s performance that are informative, accurate, clear, coherent and engaging.


Job Title: RER Resiliency Coordinator 2   –   Open Competitive

Job Opening: 42255

Entry Rate: $64,360.14

Yearly Maximum Rate:  $104,645.58  Yearly

Closing Date: February 7, 2017

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree. Two years of professional experience in environmental science, sustainability, ecology, biology, engineering, energy management, climatology, urban planning or related field are required.

Preferences: Experience in professional administrative and/or project management is highly preferred.

Recruitment Notes   The ideal candidate should possess strong organizational, research, stakeholder engagement, communication, and problem-solving skills and have demonstrated experience and success in facilitating collaboration on key sustainability and resilience issues. Incumbent will serve as the primary liaison and coordinator with Miami-Dade County municipalities and local and regional universities to gather data and enhance cooperative efforts that address and resolve sustainability and resilience challenges. Incumbent will also serve as primary point person facilitating engagement with a broad array of internal, community, and regional stakeholders in the development, updating, and implementation of various County and regional sustainability and resiliency plans. Stakeholder engagement work will include organizing meetings and training events and soliciting and incorporating information and feedback received from stakeholders.

Description of Duties: The incumbent in this position will be responsible for serving as the point person and community engagement liaison and coordinator for the County’s comprehensive sustainability and resilience efforts. This includes identifying funding and economic development opportunities, and developing and implementing policies, initiatives and projects in support of sustainability and resilience initiatives, policies, plans and programs that include, but are not limited to, the countywide Green Print sustainability plan, the Greater Miami and the Beaches Resilience Strategy, and the Regional Climate Action Plan. Incumbent will be the primary point person to drive and coordinate innovative solutions to sustainability challenges and resilience shocks and stresses with local and regional universities including the Florida Climate Institute and MetroLab Network partnerships. In addition, the incumbent will be the primary liaison to coordinate with municipalities to develop and implement the County’s sustainability and resilience plans and initiatives. This position will also be responsible for consistent engagement of other key sectors of the community such as nonprofit, private business, cultural, and residential sectors during the development and implementation of the County’s sustainability and resilience initiatives, plans, and programs.


Job Title: RER Resiliency Metrics  Analyst  –   Open Competitive

Job Opening: 42250

Entry Rate: $64,360.14

Yearly Maximum Rate:  $104,645.58

Closing Date: February 7, 2017

Minimum Qualifications Bachelor’s degree. A minimum of two years of experience in environmental performance, measurement or reporting, to include sustainability and resiliency are required.

Preferences: Experience in engineering, engineering technology, environmental science/studies, biology, other natural science, sustainability, resiliency, environmental performance or related field, and experience with measurement and reporting to enable plan/strategy/resource adjustments is highly preferred.

Recruitment Notes The Ideal candidate should have experience in database administration, management or automated data collection, management, calculations, and reporting. Experience with emissions sources, calculations, and climate change science, sustainability, resilience, greenhouse gas accounting and international and regional protocols is highly desirable. Ability to work independently and use advanced analytical skills is preferred.

Description of Duties: An incumbent in this position will focus on researching, developing, implementing and continuously improving Miami-Dade County’s sustainability and resiliency monitoring and reporting processes, fostering accountability for strategy and plan implementation and outcomes, and providing performance data and trends to enable plan/strategy/resource adjustments. The focus of the work product is to serve as a catalyst for change within the County organization. The incumbent will develop and implement a detailed work program to oversee and coordinate the sustainability and resiliency data collection and entry functions, compiling data to be provided by a variety of people across the organization and outside the organization. The incumbent will regularly analyze data and perform complex impact analysis and calculations for a wide variety of metrics associated with measuring savings, progress, and success of numerous sustainability, climate change, and resilience related efforts. This will include, but not be limited to: Community-wide and County Government Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventories; emissions and reductions associated with various energy and fuel reduction projects, life-cycle procurement analyses, and other various metrics associated with sustainability and resilience initiatives.

Jobs: Opportunities from CAKE’s December newsletter

Courtesy of the CAKE newsletter

Climate Scientist – ICF.  Washington, D.C.

Opportunity: Present at the National Adaptation Forum (May 9-11)

Poster, Tools Café and Oral Presentation submissions are closing soon (December 16)!
After this election, adaptation is more important than ever! Join friends at the National Adaptation Forum to create a better tomorrow, starting today. If you did not have enough time to write a full session symposia, you can still submit an abstract for  Oral Presentations or Poster Presentations for review. You can also submit an online decision making tool for our Tools Café. Deadline for submissions is December 16. All submissions will be reviewed by the Program Committee and decisions on acceptance will take place late January 2017.
We expect that sessions will reflect the best thinking in the adaptation field, informed by theory, research, and practice on key subjects related to identified focal topics and cross-cutting themes.
You can read the full instructions here and learn more about how to submit new proposals. You can learn about the proposal criteria here.

Jobs: FEMA’s Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch in Washington, DC is hiring

Two Community Planner Positions Available Now FEMA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function

These direct-hire positions will serve as a team member in the Community Planning and Capacity Building (CPCB) Branch, within the Interagency Coordination Division at FEMA Headquarters in Washington DC. You would be part of a collaborative team focusing on shaping national disaster recovery policy and guidance that implements the work of the CPCB Recovery Support Function (CPCB RSF). The CPCB RSF focuses on coordinating support for local governments to enable them to undertake effective post-disaster recovery and resilience planning and recovery management. The positions are full-time, based in Washington DC; however, the positions also involve occasional deployments to support CPCB RSF field delivery after disasters. Additional information on CPCB RSF can be found in a 2 page overview of the CPCB RSF.

Please send a resume addressing the requirements no later than Dec 2nd. Send to Matt Campbell, CPCB National Coordinator at

2 positions; One each at the GS 11 and GS 13 level

Starting salary $64,650 for GS-11, and $92,145 for GS-13

These two positions are contract-term positions (referred to as Cadre of On-Call Response Employees or CORE). These positions have benefits very similar to permanent positions (leave, insurance, retirement). It is a 2-year term, with extension possible. More information on the CORE program can be found at

Background and Description: 

The CPCB branch implements the CPCB Recovery Support Function. The mission of the Community Planning and Capacity Building Recovery Support Function (CPCB RSF) is to enable local governments to effectively and efficiently carry out community-based recovery planning and management in a post-disaster environment.

The CPCB RSF strives to restore and strengthen tribal and local governments’ ability to plan for recovery, to integrate resilience into recovery planning, engage the community in the recovery planning process, and build capacity for local recovery management. CPCB team members support the mission of the RSF at FEMA headquarters developing guidance and tools for local governments, building federal and non-federal organizational partnerships to support local planning capacity needs, and occasionally deploy to implement our work in the post-disaster environment. We work with a network of 10 Regional CPCB Coordinators in FEMA Regional Offices. CPCB RSF is part of the larger Interagency Coordination Division, which is responsible for implementing the National Disaster Recovery Framework. Online information regarding the NDRF can be found at

Desirable Qualifications

A GS 13 would have an advanced degree and 4 or more years of experience. A GS-11 would have an advanced degree and 2 or more years of experience.


  • Advanced degree in community, urban, or regional planning; community development; public administration, city or county management; or related degree; AND
  • Paid or unpaid work experience, that involved direct support to or interaction with local government and planning at the local level; AND
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local government roles and relationships
  • For the GS-13 level, experience in leading a team

Additional desirable background

  • Background or experience with geographic information systems, geography, political science, international development, sociology, environmental planning, or policy and guidance development
  • Experience with disaster recovery, hazard mitigation, or emergency management
  • Experience facilitating multi-stakeholder meetings, interfacing with unrepresented groups or vulnerable populations, or conducting partner outreach.

Level of Responsibility: 

  • The GS-13 position serves as a senior community planner, with expectation of higher-level contacts, high level of independent judgement and less guidance provided to accomplish tasks than the GS-11 level.
  • The GS 11 level serves as a staff community planner, with more direction and less expectation of independent judgement than the GS 13.

Duties of the positions:

  • Develop issue papers, guidance, operational instructions or procedures, or policy documents to support CPCB RSF implementation at the national, regional or field level
  • Evaluate or assist with coordination for CPCB RSF field operations
  • Develop local planning, management, community engagement guidance, tools and resources
  • Conduct partnership development and outreach to expand the network of partners collaborating under the CPCB RSF
  • Serve as a project lead.

Position is based out of Washington DC, but because all FEMA staff are called on to support field activities, the position would involve occasional deployment to disaster sites, sometimes for 30 days or more, to assist CPCB RSF field coordinators in their activities to support states and communities in local recovery planning and building of planning and management capacity.


Anticipating Climate Hazards contest call for proposals

Courtesy of CAKE

The UN Secretary-General’s Climate Resilience Initiative: Anticipate, Absorb, Reshape (A2R), in collaboration with the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence’s Climate CoLab, has launched a new challenge on Anticipating Climate Hazards and building climate resilience. A2R is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative, launched in November 2015 to accelerate action on the ground to enhance climate resilience for the most vulnerable countries and people by 2020.

Building resilience and capacity to understand and effectively respond to climate extremes and climate-induced disasters is necessary to adapt to climate change. A first step is to increase the ability to adequately anticipate and respond to climate hazards and extremes.

The Anticipating Climate Hazards contest invites proposals on how the world should prepare and respond to climate extremes and climate hazards. It calls for a wide range of innovative and practical solutions – on the local, national and international levels – that can help strengthen early warning and early action in vulnerable communities around the world.

Selected by a panel of world-renowned experts in the field of climate change adaptation, the contest’s Judges’ Choice Winner will receive an expenses-paid trip to present their work before the A2R Leadership Group— many of the world’s leading experts in the field, in addition to wide recognition from the MIT Climate CoLab and A2R Initiative.

Learn more, and to submit:

Apply Now for HS-STEM Summer Internships

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) is now accepting applications for summer internships in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for 2017. Interested applicants may apply until December 7. 

The Homeland Security STEM Summer Internship is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities nationwide and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. 

These summer internships are offered in a broad spectrum of STEM disciplines and DHS mission-relevant research areas including engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological and life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. Undergraduate students receive a $6,000 stipend plus travel expenses, and graduate students receive a $7,000 stipend plus travel expenses.

Research experiences are offered at the U.S. Coast Guard Research and Development Center; U.S. Customs and Borders Protection; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; S&T Office for Interoperability and Compatibility; Federal Emergency Management Agency; National Urban Security Technology Laboratory; Transportation Security Laboratory; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center; Health Service Corps; National Security Technologies; Naval Research Laboratory; and U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratories.

The application deadline is December 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. To apply, submit applications and supporting materials at U.S. citizenship is required. Detailed information about the internships can be found at For questions please email: