Each summer, the Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) hosts a week-long program to help develop the next generation of climate professionals, and this year’s retreat—organized around the theme, “Adaptation on the Wildland-Urban Interface”—will be held at Pack Forest from August 16 to 21!
During the week-long Climate Boot Camp (CBC), graduate students join early-career professionals from universities, tribes, non-governmental organizations, state and federal agencies in a rural location to improve their climate science knowledge and skills. NW CSC hosts the retreat to help prepare scientists, educators, policy-makers and resource managers for successful careers in climate science, climate education and communications, and natural and cultural resource management. Through carefully planned field trips, skill-building exercises and classroom activities, Climate Boot Camp Fellows deepen their understanding of basic climate science, science communication and the science-policy interface.
Climate Boot Camp locations change from year to year, and setting plays an important role in the curriculum. This summer’s location, Pack Forest, lies among the many tributaries to Puget Sound, adjacent to Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Nisqually, Squaxin Island, Skokomish and Suquamish Nations lands, Mount Rainier National Park, Gifford Pinchot National Forest and near Washington State’s capitol in Olympia. Through the rich opportunities available near this place, CBC educators will teach about the cultural and ecological dimensions of adaptation at the interface of wildlands and urban environments. As part of field excursions and overall curricula, sub-themes this year will include knowledge transfer across generations, infrastructure and local planning.
The CBC is targeted to benefit graduate students and early career professionals who are either:
• Engaged in research relevant to natural resource management, including climate science, climate impacts or climate adaptation in the areas of fish, wildlife, habitats, ecosystems; land, air and water; and tribal and cultural heritage resources.
• Or who serve in a decision support role in their organizations with respect to natural resources management and decision‐making.
Application Process and Costs
The charge of $650 for attending the Climate Boot Camp covers meals, lodging, field excursions and instruction during the retreat. Travel expenses to get to and from Pack Forest are the fellow’s responsibility.
After selecting one or more applicant(s), confirming their interest and your organization’s ability to cover their costs of participation, please ask the applicants to submit:
• A copy of their CV
• A letter of endorsement from their organization/agency/tribe confirming intention to support costs if the applicant is accepted
• A letter of interest (less than 350 words) for this opportunity.
NW CSC asks that applicants’ letters of interest be specific and concrete in addressing:
- Their interest in, and how they would benefit from and contribute to, CBC.
- How their work intersects with issues of climate change.
- The applicants’ knowledge of climate science, and integration of science into management.
As a final step in the application process, please ask applicants to submit their name through this link and fill out the form to help rack their application.
The deadline to apply for this great opportunity is by 5 p.m. PDT on Monday, April 6, and all applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis to fill a limited number of slots. So act fast if you’re interested!
For additional information about this training, including questions about curriculum and other elements of the camp, please contact Arwen Bird, CBC coordinator, at email@example.com or 503.318.5104.
The Northwest Climate Science Center (NW CSC) advances climate science development and delivery for Idaho, Oregon, western Montana and Washington. It was established by the Department of the Interior (DOI) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2010, in partnership with the academic consortium of Oregon State University, University of Washington and
University of Idaho. Together with DOI’s other eight regional CSCs, the NW CSC assesses the impacts of climate change and other stressors that transcend management boundaries, identifying strategies to build the resilience of our nation’s valuable natural and cultural resources.