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Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Environmental and Climate Justice Outreach and Policy Specialist will work closely with the various members of the Community Engagement, Environmental Justice and Health (CEEJH) lab to assist in a wide variety of tasks related to community outreach, engagement, education; and environmental health and justice:
● Assist with outreach and engagement efforts to understand the role of climate change in creating disasters in communities impacted by environmental injustice in the Southeast
● Assist with collecting data using qualitative and quantitative approaches in communities impacted by environmental injustice, climate change, and disasters in the Southeast to inform disaster risk modeling
● Lead efforts to develop a community-informed climate and disaster resilience toolkit for communities impacted by environmental injustice, climate change, and disasters in the Southeast
● Work with partners to connect with policymakers and the public and educate these groups about environmental justice mapping tools developed by the CEEJH lab
● Provide assistance on development of the climate equity and health geospatial mapping tool including feedback on various environmental, health, social, and demographic indicators that should be included in the tool
● Develop outreach materials and infographics to other groups outside of the state who may be interested in using the geospatial tools
● Coordinating and facilitating meetings for various organizations to network and share their work regarding local environmental justice and climate justice issues in Maryland and other states in the Chesapeake Bay region
● Coordinating efforts to build a climate justice plan for the Chesapeake region
● Assisting with efforts to train community members in science and legal empowerment
● Assisting with efforts to build the capacity of community members to organize around climate and environmental justice issues
● Develop workshops on environmental justice including materials on air pollution, goods movement, climate change, and other related topics
● Assist the team with the review of environmental and climate justice policies in the Chesapeake Bay region, critique of these policies, and development of new policies informed by the experiences of frontline and fenceline communities and underserved communities
● Assisting with efforts to engage legislators in member states to develop new environmental and climate justice bills and legislation
● Helping the team build a pipeline of trained environmental and climate justice advocates who can run for office in coalition states
Applicants will also be expected to help with the development of grant proposals, manuscripts for publication, and participate in other lab activities on an as needed basis.
Salary is $55,000 full time per year
Bachelor’s degree and at least 2 years of relevant experience.
The preferred candidate will have some experience in the fields of community health and/or environmental health, and will have the experience/skills listed below:
● Strong communication skills
● Experience in environmental justice
● Development of educational materials/infographics
● Experience in community-engaged research including community outreach and community-based participatory research (CBPR), civic science, and/or community science
● Experience in needs assessment
● Experience in asset mapping
● Experience with geospatial tools/ArcGIS
● Experience with program planning, implementation, and evaluation
● Experience with community organizing
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.