Undergraduate Assistant Needed in the UW Program on Climate Change Office!

This position is best suited to someone interested in learning more climate science and in interacting with the UW and affiliated climate community.  Candidates must:

  • Have a genuine interest in the program’s focus on connecting departments, faculty, students and staff around climate related issues and skills;
  • Have an interest in climate change opportunities after graduating;
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, organizational skill, and ability to prioritize several competing tasks and projects;
  • Exercise good judgment, be open to learning new skills, and meet deadlines.
  • Be comfortable with computers, have significant experience with MS Excel, Word and Powerpoint.  Knowledge of how to edit and update web pages, specifically Word Press and html, is desirable.  Graphic design skills are also a bonus.

We are looking for someone who would like to work no less than 4 hours a week, with additional hours helping at occasional events (seminar receptions, workshops, summer institute).  These events are happening virtually, but we hope to return to in person programming when appropriate.

Student should be available for a minimum of two years (current freshmen and sophomores).

If you are interested in the position and have questions, or want to meet, email Miriam at uwpcc@uw.edu.  When you are ready to apply please send your resume with a statement of interest (why you would like to work for the PCC), and times you would be available for an in-person interview during the week of November 19, 2020 to uwpcc@uw.edu. Applications will be accepted until November 2, 2020.

Hiring and training (we will start with 1 hour/week) will begin ASAP after interviews are complete.


Employer: Program on Climate Change (PCC)

Supervisor:  Miriam Bertram, PCC Assistant Director

Contact: uwpcc@uw.edu

Position Type: On-Campus Student Employment

Title: Program on Climate Change (PCC) Undergraduate Assistant

Division: College of the Environment – Program on Climate Change (PCC)

Location: Virtual/PCC Office in the Ocean Teaching Building (OTB) Room 361, Box 355351 Seattle, WA 98195

Work Schedule: Starting January 2021, candidate must be available to work 4-6 hours/week preferably on 2 non-consecutive weekdays per week with occasional afternoon/evening events once in-person events are possible.


Assist PCC Assistant Director as needed with general tasks associated with operations and communications.   Including:

  • Update PCC website, as needed.
    • Post upcoming events and seminars to the PCC Calendar Page, weekly using Trumba.
    • Scan timeschedule for quarterly climate related courses to post to PCC climate course page.
    • Update/add descriptive content quarterly, annually, and as needed.
  • Create news items for the news blog, help feed PCC social media.
  • Identify climate-minor courses and instructors; distribute quarterly emails to advertise the climate minor.
  • Assist with hosting PCC-related events (virtually until we return to in-person programming, at which time you will be asked to help with set up and tear down for events, which happen 2-3 times per year).
  • Organization, advertising, and attending (optional) annual summer institute at Friday Harbor Labs, a 3-day retreat in September.
  • Help manage the uwpcc@uw.edu email.
  •  Develop printed communications/flyers for events and educational programing.

Once familiar with the PCC and climate research, or as determined by student interest:

  •  Synthesize recent scientific publications of PCC participants (in field related to students’ major) as research highlights for the website.
  •  Present the climate minor in 2 minutes in climate-minor relevant classrooms.
  • Help co-edit “Climate for the Classroom”

Salary: Starting at $15.50/hr, increase to $16.00/hr once trained.

To Apply: Email statement of interest (no more than 1 page) and resume to Miriam Bertram  uwpcc@uw.edu.

Application Deadline: November 2, 2020

Questions: Email Miriam Bertram (uwpcc@uw.edu).