Island Institute is currently seeking a Climate and Culture Correspondent. For the full job description, take a look at the pdf by clicking this link.

Job Posting: Climate and Culture Correspondent

Island Institute is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Climate and Culture Correspondent, a short-term (April – September 2016) grant-funded position that is part of our work exploring the impacts and implications of climate change on culture, lifestyle, heritage, and economies in Southeast Alaska. This work accepts as fact that the climate is changing rapidly as a result of irresponsible and unsustainable human activity, and that those changes necessitate a re-evaluation of the relationship of people to the broader natural world. Taking a long history of sustainable subsistence practices in Southeast Alaska as a model, this work also recognizes the deep cultural and environmental wisdom of Southeast Alaska's first people and acknowledges the link between colonial attitudes and climate change.


The work of the Climate and Culture Correspondent will take place largely through interviews and conversations. These will take place in and around Sitka, on a ferry tour through nine communities in the month of April, in the course of subsistence harvests throughout the summer, at Celebration 2016, and at the launch of Xúnaa Shuká Hít at Glacier Bay.


These conversations and interviews will offer refreshing and nuanced observations about the relationship between culture and climate. This work may be used in the production of radio programs, publications, and a website, or could be delivered in other forms. In addition to the Island Institute director, one or two summer interns will be working on producing related content - they will all be available to support the correspondent in this work.  The Climate and Culture Correspondent will report directly to the Island Institute director.


Qualifications Required:

·        Exceptional knowledge and understanding of local cultural and traditional values, languages, traditional foods harvesting and preparation, and traditional arts in Southeastern Alaska

·        Strong writing skills

·        Excellent interpersonal skills

·        The ability and willingness to travel to Sitka-area communities, often during irregular hours

·        A high level of initiative (a “self-starter”) as well as the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team


Qualifications Desired:

             ·        Prior experience conducting interviews

             ·        Experience coordinating and promoting events 


Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

·        Conduct in-person interviews and facilitate conversations with Sitka-area community members

·        Coordinate, promote, and host small events in Sitka and other regional communities

·        Synthesize results of interviews and conversations in textual, audio, video, or other creative formats

·        Other duties as assigned


Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


In the course of conducting interviews and hosting dialogues, the employee will need to travel around Sitka and other regional communities by foot, bicycle, public transit, or in a personal vehicle. The employee is also required to travel by ferry to and from island communities, and also be able to get in and out of other watercraft.  There is no requirement to lift and/or move weights of more than 20 pounds. While performing the varied duties of this job, the employee will also do seated deskwork, using computer keyboard and mouse, stand, walk, bend over occasionally and move about the office space as well as between building floors. The noise level in the office work environment is usually minimal, but that of other venues and offsite locations (especially the ferries) may vary.  There may be uneven terrain and variable weather conditions associated with off-site work.
Compensation: The Climate and Culture Correspondent is a short-term, grant-funded position with an hourly rate of $20.00 and an anticipated duration of 650 to 750 hours between April and September, 2016.

Continued employment past that date is contingent on available funding, but it is our hope that, following this contract, a related full-time position will become available in the next year.


How to apply: Only electronic applications are accepted. Please submit a single PDF that contains a cover letter, current résumé, writing sample, and the names and contact information of at least two professional references.  The position will remain open until filled, but preference will be given to applications received by March 15th, 2015.  Please send your PDF application file to: peter@iialaska.org.


Based in Sitka, Alaska, Island Institute is a nonprofit organization and an equal opportunity "at-will" employer committed to providing equal employment opportunities based upon an individual's ability and qualifications. We do not discriminate against people on the basis of race, citizenship, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, mental or physical disability.