Category: Job announcements

Job announcement: Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry

Closing date: May 19, 2021
Read the full job description and apply online.

ISTC is seeking to hire a Visiting Scientific Specialist, Institutional Water Treatment Chemistry to conduct water quality research for institutional water treatment clients. Conduct on-site collection, testing, analysis, and recommendations for improvement. This position is based in Champaign, Illinois.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct on-site collection and testing of water samples of institutional water systems such as potable, boiler, closed systems and cooling towers.
  • Complete 1 to 6 site visits per year to each assigned client requiring overnight travel two to three nights per week.
  • Perform onsite testing and analysis.
  • Interpret testing results and transmit those results with corrective recommendations to the site engineers.
  • Provide written and verbal communication, including analytical results of samples, detailing any noted deficiencies in treatment or control with recommendations for improvement, opportunities for human health and safety, reducing energy, water, and treatment chemical use.
  • Consult with institutional personnel concerning the state of their systems and answer requests for assistance in person, by phone and/or e-mail, including updating of control charts, complex problem solving, water treatment, and equipment recommendations as necessary.
  • Identify efficiency opportunities in the IWT system to streamline information flow and decrease labor and time required from IWT personnel.
  • Perform laboratory analysis on collected samples and other laboratory duties as required.
  • Collaborate with TAP team members to recommended testing and services based on systems at prospective client facilities.
  • Visit prospective client facilities in support of writing service proposals.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.

Required Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position.  Experience conducting chemical analysis. Experience with wet chemical analysis following Standard Methods procedures including preparation, titration and digestion. Maintain and calibrate laboratory and field equipment and solutions. Ability to ensure compliance with all ISTC and laboratory safety procedures. Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast-paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines, under minimal supervision. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and strong conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly employed software and databases. Must be able to meet the physical demands of transporting testing and analysis equipment weighing up to 50 pounds for distances up to 100 yards. Must also be able to meet medical requirements for wearing a respirator. Must be able to climb 3 stories of stairs. A wide range of temperatures and condition will be encountered. Boiler rooms are typically up to 110 degrees with high humidity and cooling towers are often located on roofs and exposed to the elements. Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications: Master’s degree in chemistry. Alternate degree fields will be considered depending on the nature and depth of the experience at it relates to this position. Experience conducting research on water quality. Experience building client base and working with institutions in Illinois.

ISTC hiring up to six applied scientists to assist businesses with sustainability

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. ISTC integrates applied research, technical assistance, and information services to advance efforts in the areas of pollution prevention; water and energy conservation; and materials recycling and beneficial reuse.

ISTC is seeking to hire up to four Visiting Senior Scientific Specialists, Technical and up to two Visiting Senior Scientific Specialists, Sustainability (depending on applicant pool and programmatic need) to collaborate with businesses, manufacturing, and industrial entities as well as municipal agencies, colleges, and universities throughout Illinois to improve sustainability, provide technical assistance in identifying opportunities and implementing sustainable solutions associated with materials, processes, water and wastewater, energy utilization, waste minimization and recycling.

Closing dates

Learn more at PRI Jobs.

DOE seeks Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency

Closing date: 04/06/2021
For more information and to apply

This position will lead an organization which assists in reducing the Nation’s dependence on foreign energy resources, the energy intensity of our economy, and the environmental impact of our industrial processes, while achieving cost-effective product quality enhancements and improving our competitiveness in the global marketplace.

As the “Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Energy Efficiency (EE)” you will:

  • Serve as the most senior official within EERE focused exclusively on energy efficiency programs, policies, and initiatives. Advise the Assistant Secretary and senior Department officials on the technical monitoring, evaluation and implementation of initiatives related to EERE’s Building Technologies Office, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Federal Energy Management Programs Office, and Weatherization and Intergovernmental Office. Advise senior DOE management, administration, executive branch, and industry leadership.
  • Oversee and direct subordinate Offices under the purview of EE. Direct organizational activities and frame strategic plans. Set internal control standards for effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity and assess all organizational policy, program, and project viability. Determine financial and personnel resources needed to achieve mission objectives and support mission operations.
  • Oversee and direct internal organization, staffing, policies, and personnel authorities required to carry out the responsibilities of EE. Provide administrative and technical direction of EE and its program offices including supervision of a large group of professional and administrative employees. Direct the development and implementation of the strategic allocation of human resources across EE Offices.
  • Represents the Assistant Secretary with other Federal and State Government Agencies, Congress, private industry, and associations to identify, analyze, and resolve technical institutional, public policy, programmatic and managerial issues impacting the Office’s programs and develops Departmental positions concerning these issues.
  • Oversee the assessments of current program performance, technologies, deliverables, and input from stakeholders in industry, National Laboratories, and other external constituencies.
  • Direct the coordination and review of EE programs’ utilization of agencies, national research laboratories, and other government facilities and equipment to develop centers of research excellence in support of the EERE mission and assure the integration and coordination of all program activities across EERE, DOE and the government.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of multi-year program plans and annual operating plans and manage the application of assigned resources to effectively achieve planned objectives. Develop annual program budget requirements, approve and manage the use and distribution of funds, and provide interpretive guidance to research performing organizations.

Job announcement: TURI Director & Research Professor

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), a world-renowned research, practice, and education institute located at UMass Lowell, is looking for a Director and experienced researcher to provide strategic, organizational, and fiscal leadership to the Institute. The successful candidate will split their time between Institute Director responsibilities and research and scholarship activities. Research leadership and grant funding are an important component of this position. Applicants will be considered for Research Professor status as part of the interview process. The TURI Director is expected to support half of their salary through external funding.

The Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute’s main responsibility is to implement the Commonwealth’s Toxics Use Reduction Act. The Institute assists companies, environmental health and safety professionals, communities, and governments in Massachusetts and beyond in their toxics use reduction, pollution prevention, and safer chemistry efforts through education and training, research, grants, laboratory services, and information and technical support for companies and communities.

TURI Director: The TURI Director provides strategic, organizational, and fiscal leadership for the Institute in collaboration with designated TURI Affiliated Faculty and TURI staff managers. Responsibilities include strategic and organizational planning, oversight of staff, ensuring stable funding for the Institute over time, representing the Institute within the University and externally to policymakers, business, and the public, and engaging with TURA partner agencies.

Research Professor: The TURI director will pursue scholarly activity that advances knowledge in a field directly related to TURI’s mission and will serve as a Research Professor in the Department of Public Health. Appropriate fields include toxics use reduction/pollution prevention, safer chemicals and materials, occupational health, environmental health or other related fields.

For more information and to apply, visit the UMass Lowell jobs website.

Job announcement: Program Manager, Green Chemistry Teaching and Learning Community

Job Description

Beyond Benign, a nonprofit organization dedicated to green chemistry education, is seeking to hire a Program Manager for a new community project in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute (ACS GCI). At Beyond Benign, our mission is to foster a green chemistry education community that empowers educators to transform chemistry education for a sustainable future. The Green Chemistry Teaching and Learning Community (GCTLC) will provide the online hub needed to support the adoption of green chemistry and hasten the transformation of chemistry education. We envision a fully supported site that houses educational resources and provides an interactive global networking and collaboration platform. Read the announcement about the GCTLC. The Program Manager position involves managing the development and launch of the GCTLC, and includes multiple tasks.


  • Lead the creation of the GCTLC online platform by 2023 and oversee the management of the platform thereafter
  • Work in close partnership with ACS GCI to ensure project meets timeline and objectives
  • Manage an external Project Team consisting of a Project Manager (for technical development), and additional consultants as needed (i.e., librarian)
  • Lead the Leadership Committee comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders in the green chemistry education community (anticipated to be around 20 people from K-12, higher education, and industry)
  • Solicit input and guidance from the Leadership Committee, as needed, through regular conference calls and communications
  • Delegate and oversee Leadership Committee member tasks (i.e., through sub-committee work), along with Project Team tasks, as needed
  • Lead the development of surveys and focus group sessions with stakeholders to scope the needs of the community
  • Lead the design of workshop and promotional materials to engage the community through the GCTLC platform
  • Develop and lead a plan to pilot test the GCTLC platform with a group of stakeholders
  • Work with Beyond Benign and ACS GCI staff members in the preparation of communications for the GCTLC programs (i.e., newsletters, e-mail communications, social media posts, quarterly reports, flyers, presentations, etc.)
  • Coordinate webinars, conferences, workshops, and other program tasks as needed
  • Organize and maintain files and records
  • Maintain and develop strategic partnerships with science education organizations and institutions that have synergistic activities to the GCTLC


A minimum of 5 years of experience in Program Management, or equivalent experience is required. Experience in community building, green chemistry education or research is beneficial. Experience and interest in leadership, communications, partnership development, and administrative skills are beneficial. Attention to detail, excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential.

Terms: Full-time position (hours flexible). Will consider part time depending on candidate.

Location: Remote

Compensation: Salary is negotiable and will be based on experience and qualifications, plus benefits package/PTO available.

Contact: E-mail cover letter, resume/CV and inquires to

Job announcement: Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Environmental Analysis

Application deadline: January 8, 2021
For more information and to apply.

ISTC is seeking to hire a Visiting Senior Scientific Specialist, Environmental Analysis to compile and analyze research data for studies of material waste streams that have been identified as emerging waste concerns. This will include evaluating innovative technologies, programs, policies, and market trends on topics related to renewable energy infrastructures.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research and interviews to collect data and information. This will include intermittent travel within and outside the state of Illinois (including internationally) to visit industrial sites, power plants, recycling facilities, meetings, etc. Travel to meetings and test sites may include outside of normal business hours and overnight stays.
  • Compute and analyze data, using statistical formulas.
  • Review and interpret results to assure validity.
  • Collect, compile, and report environmental outcomes and project outputs.
  • Develop business cases for implementation of sustainable practices using data collection.
  • Contribute to project reports for funding sponsors.
  • Assist with research or technical reports.
  • Participate in the publication of data or information.
  • Participate in pilot-scale projects for innovative processes in the area of solid waste reuse, reduction, recycling, renewable energy, and waste to energy methods.
  • Collect, process, and analyze data from these activities for the purposes of identifying suitable technologies for introduction to Illinois.
  • Collaborate with University of Illinois and industry to transfer the technology and knowledge to government, the commercial sector, and the research industry.
  • Assist with preparation and dissemination of technical reports and publications to be published in professional journals, newsletters, peer-reviewed journals, etc.
  • Present technical reports/papers/data at professional events/conferences regarding services and/or research results.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled project progress review meetings to assist the project lead in meeting the following: goals, schedule, budget, and design requirements.
  • Assist in developing responses to federal, state, commercial, and foundation funding opportunities.
  • Communicate with people within and outside the Survey, representing the Survey to customers, the public, government, and other external sources.
  • Contribute in the areas of education, outreach, and/or other service to the Survey, PRI, the University of Illinois, and the state of Illinois.
  • Enhance the reputation of the Survey and PRI at the state, national, and international level.
  • Maintain a continuing business relationship with major clients as part of ongoing business development efforts.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of the Survey, PRI, and the University of Illinois.
  • Work jointly with a number of varied constituencies while observing standards of professional conduct.
  • Keep abreast of developments in this discipline.
  • Perform other duties as needed in order to further the mission and goals of PRI.

Required Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree in business, economics, engineering, environmental science, or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be accepted/considered based upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position. At least two years’ experience in managing projects in related field with bachelor’s degree. Experience engaging with external stakeholders. Experience working with mapping software such as ESRI ArcGIS. Knowledge and demonstrated experience with statistical software such as SPSS or R or STATA.  Effective communication, personal relations, collaboration, organizational, teamwork, and leadership skills. Demonstrated ability to perform effectively in a diverse and fast- paced work environment consisting of multiple and changing priorities with stringent deadlines. Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team. Attention to detail, sound judgment, and conflict resolution skills. Proficiency in commonly-employed software and databases. Valid driver’s license and access to transportation.  

Preferred Qualifications: MBA or master’s degree in economics, engineering, environmental science, or related discipline. Alternate degree fields will be accepted/considered based upon the nature and depth of the experience as it relates to this position.  Experience working in data modeling with an environmental focus, cost estimating, market behaviors, or similar fields.  Knowledge of current sustainability issues within public and private sectors including industrial, business, and communities such as water quality, hazardous waste reduction, green chemistry, contaminants, groundwater, and protection of the environment is a plus.

This is a full-time, visiting academic professional, grant supported, 12-month position subject to the continued availability of funding and programmatic need. Position may become a regular, non-visiting position at a later date depending on funding and programmatic need. The starting date is negotiable and the salary is commensurate with experience.

Applications must be received by January 8, 2021.

Job announcement: Digital Communications Intern, World Resources Institute

More information.

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities. 

Internships at WRI provide opportunities for motivated, young professionals to learn from our experts and participate in engaging work at the intersection of environment and development. WRI provides many internship opportunities throughout the year in all our programs and offices. We seek interns with diverse backgrounds and who are passionate about the environment to help us make a direct global impact.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.   

Internship Summary  

The Digital Communications Intern will primarily work with the Digital team at WRI, but also the broader Core Communications team as described below. The position requires someone who is highly organized, detail-oriented and enthusiastic; familiar with digital tools, technologies and trends; and a creative and strong writer. An interest in environmental issues and/or international development is highly desirable. 

Social Media Marketing (40%) 

WRI maintains a very active social media program across both our institutional channels and those managed by our many programs. Working closely with and reporting to WRI’s Online Engagement Architect & Strategist, the intern will help draft platform-specific posts and shareable assets, create social media kits, coordinate social media promotions with programs and more. Content Support (40%) 

The Digital team at WRI is in the midst a large, year-long effort to modernize An important part of that project is managing all of the content that exists within the site – content that will need to be migrated to the new platform, some of which will be rewritten. The intern will support this area of the project, working alongside the project lead and WRI’s editorial team.   

Communications Support (20%) 

The intern will also provide broad support to WRI’s Core Communication team including with operations, scheduling, writing, events, and other duties as required. 

Learning Outcomes 

The internship will gain experience in the following areas: 

  • You will work on a diverse set of communications professionals and interact with staff in different programs, centers and international offices.  
  • You will be part of the conceptualization, strategy and planning of a large-scale website redesign. 
  • You will experience first-hand the fast-paced, dynamic nature of social media outreach on some of the most important issues of our time.   
  • You will gain exposure to one of the leading global research organizations with a focus on the environment and international development. 
  • You will be exposed to social media tools such as Hootsuite Enterprise and Brandwatch.  

Internship Qualifications 

  • Recent undergraduate or graduate student in communications is desirable 
  • Proven experience on social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and Instagram. 
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time 
  • Strong communication skills, including written and oral communications 
  • Strong interest in digital communications 
  • An ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines 
  • Comfortable interning remotely  

General Internship Requirements 

  • Applicants must have personal health insurance coverage.  
  • U.S. work authorization is required for this opportunity. WRI does not sponsor interns for visas. 


This is a paid internship. 

Duration and Location  

  • This is a full-time, six-month internship with flexible start and end dates based on the individuals availability and need for the project. 
  • This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens. WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship. 

How to Apply 

Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds. 

Job announcement: Climate Scientist

Use science to help transform the climate conversation. Climate Central seeks a highly motivated, creative, mid- to senior-level natural or social scientist to play a major role in our most ambitious effort to date. The mission: to make accurate and effective climate communications ubiquitous.

You will spearhead a strategic effort to build an unprecedented library of ways to link diverse local observations and events to climate science, impacts, and solutions for dissemination to social media, journalists, and other key messengers, in near real-time. Other audiences will include public and private decision-makers. This work will require efficient identification of authoritative literature in fields across the natural and social sciences; a nose for significant emerging science; and active research collaboration in high-value cases. Robust engagement with a broad research community will be critical.

About Climate Central

Climate Central is an independent group of scientists and science translators who research and report the facts about our changing climate and how it affects people’s lives. We use science, big data, and tech to generate thousands of local storylines and compelling visuals that make climate change relevant and show what can be done about it. We address climate science, sea level rise, extreme weather, energy, and related topics. We collaborate nationwide with TV meteorologists, journalists, and other respected messengers, reaching broad audiences through local voices. Our programs spurred more than 3,500 TV spots in the U.S. in 2019. Media have covered our global sea level research, maps, and imagery in well over 100 nations. We see major and timely opportunities to continue to grow our impact.

Key responsibilities 

  • Provide scientific leadership and inputs for a major new initiative leveraging technology to deliver compelling climate content to the right people at the right time in the right place, again and again
  • Support all Climate Central programs providing science-based content and context to broadcast meteorologists, journalists, and other key amplifiers, plus decision-makers and clients
  • Identify authoritative recent research and datasets to inform effective local communications
  • Track, advise, and participate in key relevant emerging research
  • Conduct high-priority research and analysis 
  • Advise and participate in translation of science to broadly accessible words and visuals
  • Engage with outside scientists in a diverse variety of fields 
  • Represent Climate Central in the media and in external meetings and conferences

Essential qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a relevant natural or social science plus more than 10 years of research experience
  • Fast learner comfortable at identifying authoritative information and at working in new areas
  • Wide familiarity with literatures on climate science, impacts, and solutions 
  • High creativity; able to find relevant science, stories, and climate connections in unexpected places
  • Highly productive and able to handle multiple concurrent initiatives 
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills including for lay audiences
  • Driven to impact the climate conversation and to pursue a work agenda shaped accordingly
  • Able to travel and extend work hours for critical priorities
  • Good interpersonal skills 

Additional qualifications.  Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Prior experience interacting effectively with media and public audiences
  • Strong data science and/or data visualization skills
  • Familiarity with localizable health impacts, economic impacts, and/or solutions


Climate Central’s headquarters are in Princeton, N.J. A meaningful amount of presence at headquarters will be important, but partial-time remote work is an option for this position. 


Compensation is competitive, with generous benefits.


Climate Central strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. We are an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and as such do not discriminate against any applicant for employment or employee on the basis of race, color, religious creed, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other classification protected by applicable discrimination laws.

How to Apply

Please send your cover letter including salary expectations; your resume; and contact information for three references familiar with your work, to with the exact subject line, “Climate Scientist” (no quotes). Due to the volume of employment applications and queries received, Climate Central is unable to respond to each application individually. Applicants will be contacted directly if selected as a candidate. The search will close when a successful candidate is recruited.

Job announcement: Water Quality Engineer — Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) has many funded projects that focus on emerging contaminants within water supply, wastewater, and groundwater.  This position is designed to provide engineering design expertise to scale-up water quality technologies so that they can be deployed across the state.  This position is expected to establish a research program that interacts with agencies and outside contractors to enable the scale-up of these processes. 

The Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Our research and service programs provide citizens, industries, and government agencies at all levels with timely, science-based information and analyses necessary to manage our water resources wisely for economic development and a sustainable environment.   Learn more at

Job Announcement: Project Engineer, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

ISTC is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Scientist, Project Engineer (assistant or associate level is dependent on qualifications) to design and lead technical teams to address waste reduction, energy, process and operational efficiency and reduction in water usage within industrial facilities and other partner organizations.

The successful candidate will also develop project proposals and provide technical oversight and leadership of design development tasks, including management of project and task scope, schedule, personnel needs and budget.

Position will be based in either Champaign or Oakbrook, Illinois.

Applications must be received by January 31, 2020.

For additional information, including instructions on how to apply, please visit or contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Prairie Research Institute at

The University, which conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer, is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled.

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