Chickasaw Nation searching for Sustainability Scientist for South Central Climate Science Center
March 28, 2012

Position: In collaboration with The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, The Chickasaw Nation is establishing the position of a Sustainability Scientist for the South Central Climate Science Center.

This position is a full-time, 12-month appointment located in Norman, OK. This position is part of a cluster hire; other positions are available at

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000 annual; salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Responsibilities: The individual selected for this position will manage the government-to-government interactions and facilitate tribal consultation activities between the South Central Climate Science Center (CSC) and the sovereign nations within the CSC region, including New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. This embedded sustainability scientist will focus on the contributions of the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations, as Consortium members, to the CSC. Duties of this position include the following:

Ensuring that CSC research is framed holistically and inclusively so as to encompass the themes of environmental sustainability, traditional knowledge, and exposure of indigenous peoples to the impacts of climate change;

Serving on CSC boards or committees and engaging in strategy sessions, workshops, and partners’ meetings;

Helping to establish new or integrate existing monitoring and observation programs from tribal governments into the data management system of the CSC;

Working with tribal education programs to (1) build the scientific capacity and workforce of tribal nations within the context of traditional and cultural practices, (2) enhance the diversity of the Federal workforce, particularly the Department of the Interior (DOI), and (3) participate in the DOI’s youth programs and America’s Great Outdoors;

Participating in the development of projects and proposals with other members of the CSC;

Aiding in the translation and communication of CSC science to tribal officials and resource managers based on the relationship of trust among tribal nations and with tribal citizens;

Preparing reports for the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and for the CSC Host principal investigator, as necessary; and

Conducting CSC-related research as time permits.

Requirements: Applicants should have completed a Masters degree in Environmental Sustainability, Adaptive Management, Environmental Sciences, or related fields. Exceptional applicants from other disciplines will be considered. Preference given to applicants who are citizens of a tribal nation in the south-central United States. Proficiency with computer applications, including Powerpoint, MS-Word, and Excel is required. Candidates must demonstrate an ability to utilize new software with minimal instruction. The position requires well-developed human relations and communication skills, including written and oral. Applicants should be motivated, have the ability to follow through on projects with minimal supervision, and be able to both serve and lead collegially as a team player.