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There are many opportunities at NC State to grow and gain experiences in coastal resilience and sustainability. Student and professional opportunities are available.

Students and Post-docs

The details: Students must be graduate students enrolled at NC State
Schedule is max. 20hr/week, pay is $24/hr
Hiring ASAP for this semester, with the possibility to extend to Dec 2022
Work remote/hybrid with weekly, virtual team meetings. Some in-person meetings on campus and conference travel (expenses covered) required – following conservative COVID protocols
Students must have an interest in climate change, design, and writing, but do not need to be STEM students.
They also should be flexible, adaptable, creative, and self-motivated.
Students will be trained and gain experience with creating many kinds of science communication products; from writing to graphic design, experience in WordPress and Adobe Suite, creating social media campaigns, engagement data analysis, interviewing scientists, filming & editing, etc. Additionally, there are several opportunities for students to contribute to publications and popular science articles.

Interested students should contact Michelle Jewell,

Primary duties could include:
Farmer outreach
Development and implementation of ECE food service requirements and procurement practices
Procurement data collection
Distribution routes and logistics
Recipe and cost analysis for child care meals
Creation and/or management of online order systems
Customer outreach and relationship building
Social media and website management
Development of policy around ECE food procurement
Coordination with K-12 school systems
Outreach to families

Internship Overview:
For Summer 2022, we are looking for student interns interested in agriculture and local food supply chains to work with the child care community in five Partnership for Children offices across the state (Down East Partnership for Children, Wayne County Partnership for Children, Wilkes Community Partnership for Children, Lee County Partnership for Children, and Moore County Partnership for Children). Interns will support the testing, implementation, and evaluation of the Farm to Early Care and Education local food pathways.

5 Available Summer Internship Opportunities:

All Interns will be placed at NC Partnership for Children Offices
The Partnership for Children is a nonprofit organization that provides services, advocates, and collaborates with others to insure the wellbeing of children, ages birth to five, so they can reach their health, developmental, and educational potential. Interns will be placed with Partnership offices in order to facilitate the building of local food supply chains for child care sites they serve. This cohort of supply chain interns will participate in weekly meetings with each other and CEFS Farm to ECE program managers to share, ask questions, and learn from each other as they build local food and ECE connections.

Preference will be given to students that meet the following criteria:
A resident of the region in which they will be working
Experience with technology and online platforms
Good communication skills and self-motivated
Knowledge of, or experience working with farmers and rural communities

1 – Lee & Moore County Partnerships for Children (Sanford & Whispering Pines, NC)
2 – Down East Partnership for Children (Rocky Mount, NC) – 2 interns will be placed here, serving Nash and Edgecombe counties
3 – Wilkes Community Partnership for Children (North Wilkesboro, NC)
4 – Wayne County Partnership for Children (Goldsboro, NC)

The Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center is now accepting nominations for the 2022-2023 Global Change Fellows program. This program is designed to train the next generation of global change scientists by providing financial, scientific, and professional development support for graduate students who are interested in multi-disciplinary research. NC State Faculty Affiliates may nominate up to two students in an NC State Master’s or PhD program, though only one student can be accepted per affiliate. We welcome applications from a diversity of perspectives and backgrounds. Applications are due by Monday, January 31st, 2022. Selection announcements will be made by the mid-February.

The 2022-2023 cohort of Global Change Fellows will consist of 12 graduate students. We are especially seeking incoming PhD students to fill five of those openings.

The Knauss Fellowship is a program for graduate students who are interested in national policy issues affecting ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. Successful applicants are matched with hosts within the executive and legislative branches of government in the Washington, D.C., area. This year-long program begins Feb. 1 and runs into early the following year.

We strongly encourage applicants from graduate students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Serving Institutions and/or from traditionally underserved and underrepresented communities.

The fellowship honors John A. Knauss, a Sea Grant founder, NOAA administrator and former dean of the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography.

Contact John Fear at for more information.

Learn about sustainable agriculture and community food systems from a broad systems perspective, while receiving close mentorship and access to hands-on, cutting edge research and professional development training. Join us for a 10-week individualized summer research and extension experience, including a week-long tour of diverse agroecosystems across North Carolina. Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, apartment-style housing on the NC State campus, and the opportunity to present their research at a scientific meeting after the program. No previous research or extension experiences necessary.
Internship Dates: May 23-July 29, 2022


The Climate Program Manager has primary oversight of managing for and ensuring the programmatic success of the Duke Endowment Climate University Grant. S/he will oversee all activities and provide support as needed to ensure all activities are carried out to meet timelines and achieve stated objectives. A background and in experience in climate related subject matter is needed.

The Opportunity:
NC State invites applications and nominations for the position of Goodnight Distinguished Professor of Coastal Resilience and Sustainability in the College of Natural Resources, and Director of the campus-wide Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative. The university seeks a visionary leader and interdisciplinary scholar with demonstrated success and impact, who is internationally recognized as one of the best in the growing areas of resilience or sustainability science.

The Position:
 The Goodnight Distinguished Professor and Director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative must be an experienced, innovative, creative and collaborative leader who has excelled in engaged, interdisciplinary and convergent team research to address the grand challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation in the coastal plain.  The successful candidate will have an exemplary record of working across disciplinary boundaries, thinking holistically about socio-ecological systems, and building successful teams that have included faculty and external partners in a variety of sponsored research endeavors.   

The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will be appointed in one of the three departments of the College of Natural Resources (whichever is most appropriate to their background), but will be expected to engage with faculty across the campus to lead and conduct problem oriented, interdisciplinary and engaged research. The Director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, and these duties constitute 50% of the appointment. 

The Goodnight Distinguished Professor will have the following responsibilities:  

  • Teach one course per year in area of focus that enhances the curricula of the College of Natural Resources;
  • Advise and mentor graduate students and postdoctoral fellow towards successful careers, as evidenced by publication of jointly authored research articles in peer-reviewed journals and other products;
  • Build and maintain an internationally competitive sponsored research program to support your endeavors; 
  • Be an active presence in the department, college, university, and appropriate professional communities;

The Director of the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative has the following responsibilities: 

  • Provide strong leadership and strategic direction for the Coastal Resilience and Sustainability Initiative, which currently includes over 200 faculty from all 10 Colleges at NC State; 
  • Foster and facilitate high-impact interdisciplinary collaboration across the University and with other academic institutions in the region and beyond;
  • Build relationships and partnerships with public and private entities outside the University, including the State of NC, the communities of eastern NC, businesses, agricultural, forestry, and other natural resource constituencies, and not-for-profit organizations; 
  • Regularly meet and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify needs and follows up on progress towards agreed-upon goals and projects;
  • Lead and support the development of sponsored research proposals that elevate the reputation of the University and contribute to solutions of the grand challenges of climate change, coastal resilience and sustainability.

The Communications and Engagement Coordinator will develop and implement a comprehensive communications and engagement strategy to raise awareness of sustainability initiatives and accomplishments and foster a culture of collaboration and sustainability at NC State University.

Primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop, execute and maintain a communications strategy designed to promote awareness of sustainability and the university’s sustainability progress to a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders.
  • Manage a digital communication platform, including creating and scheduling timely content for the sustainability e-newsletter, social media and website. Ensure accuracy and consistency in all communications.
  • Write and edit blog content, press releases and reports.
  • Communicate with media and serve as a spokesperson when needed.
  • Create marketing plans and materials for sustainability programs, projects and events. This includes scheduling, messaging, graphic design, advertising and purchase of outreach materials.
  • Speak publicly about NC State’s initiatives including presenting to groups, participating in events, leading tours and speaking at conferences.
  • Mentor student groups and supervise student interns on communications and outreach event management.
  • Plan a wide variety of events and outreach efforts that boost awareness, understanding and engagement with sustainability. Manage volunteer recruitment, fundraising, budgets, publicity and logistics as necessary.
  • Collaborate and coordinate engagement projects, campaigns or programs designed to promote reduction of energy and water use, as well as other actions that advance sustainability on campus.
  • Participate on committee and planning teams for sustainability-related initiatives and events.
  • Provide consultation on sustainability-related communications, outreach and engagement strategies.

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Design and Implementation:

  • Coordinate with the Office of Outreach and Engagement, Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Institute for Emerging Issues, the University College, and Cooperative Extension Service in design and execution of the Summer of Service program (aka Rural Works!).
  • Work with program supporters, including Corporation for National and Community Service, Golden LEAF Foundation, NC State colleges, private employers and others to secure financial support as necessary to ensure student interns are properly compensated. 
  • Maintain financial records as required by internal and external funders. 
  • Coordinate with supporting organizations, including the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and the Cooperative Extension Service to ensure delivery of needed support to participating students.
  • Design and implement training as appropriate to prepare students for success during their participation in the program. 
  • Implement an assessment mechanism to evaluate the success of the program, to include and pre and post-survey of students and employers. 
  • Report to Provost and program leadership on how NC State students, faculty and staff could appropriately improve services to Tier I counties in North Carolina. 
  • Make recommendations on strategies to increase recruitment of students from rural North Carolina.
  • Make recommendations to the university for continuation and extension of the program to increase NC State’s ability to respond to the needs of rural North Carolina. 

Communication, Recruitment and Partnerships:

  • Recruit and onboard new employers, including for profit, nonprofit and government agencies. 
  • Communicate program goals, objectives and expectations to employers and students. 
  • Coordinate an externship program focused on employers in rural areas. 
  • Work with student programs such as the Golden LEAF Scholars, the 1887 Fellows program, and other scholars programs to recruit participants. 
  • Convene and coordinate an advisory council for Summer of Service (aka Rural Works!) to ensure active participation by each of NC State’s colleges. 
  • Ensure strong communication with county-level employers to ensure appropriate matching of employer demand with student interest. 
  • Coordinate with representatives of each of NC State’s Colleges and Student Leadership and Engagement to ensure timely dissemination of information about the program to administrators and to students considering participating in the program. 
  • Coordinate with NC State communications and other entities to ensure appropriate coverage and characterization of the Summer of Service (aka Rural Works!). 
  • Serve as liaison between rural employers and the Career Development Center to support their general recruitment needs (Co-op, full-time, etc.) 

Position duties Include, but are not limited to the following:

Provide Strategic and Visionary Collaborative Leadership across a landscape of integrated and interdisciplinary research, extension, academic, community engagement, and policy initiatives, supporting the development of new programmatic initiatives as needs and opportunities arise.

Provide Tactical Insights and Collaborative Team Building to a large interdisciplinary and multi-sector team of researchers, extension personnel, program team leads, and affiliated faculty engaged in CEFS programming. Collaborative opportunities within research and extension will be based on the successful candidate’s expertise and interests.

Supervise Staff: This position directly supervises between 10 – 15 employees spanning project leads, field research staff and administrative officers. This position currently oversees a total organizational staff at NC State of approximately 25 employees, many of whom are funded through external grants. 

Provide Leadership for the CEFS Board of Advisors: This position is responsible for board oversight and relations; the 19 member CEFS Board of Advisors serves in an advisory capacity to the Director in developing strategic directions and funding relationships.

Sponsored Programs: The Director will be responsible for cultivating and managing relations with government, NGO, and foundation funders. The Director often serves as the Lead Principal Investigator (PI), and proposal content generator, or in a supporting role in many of the sponsored program proposals and contracts for CEFS.

Fundraising and Advancement: The Director serves as the lead in engaging in advancement/fundraising activities on behalf of the Center. The Director will work closely with the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation advancement representatives to establish and strengthen relationships with donors. Additionally, the Director provides leadership for the CEFS ‘Annual Ask’ grassroots fundraising efforts, the annual ‘Farm to Fork’ event, and special event and sponsorship fundraising.

Ensure Financial Sustainability: The Director is responsible for ensuring the financial health and sustainability of CEFS by increasing internal and external support in collaboration with the CEFS team. Duties include directing and managing resources to ensure success of the overall operation and effectiveness of CEFS including overseeing fundraising and growing endowments to ensure long-term sustainability. This position is responsible for a variety of funds including state and federal budgets, endowment funds, gift accounts, and sponsored program budgets.

Represent CEFS and NC State in statewide, national, and international forums: The incumbent, being known as a leading expert in sustainable agriculture and local and community based food systems, will periodically be asked to provide talks and presentations to community, university, national and international audiences on behalf of CEFS, CALS, or NC State, as well as to serve as a representative on influential boards, commissions, committees, and multi state or organizational collaborations.