Fields: sustainability, environment, agriculture, climate change, policy
About the Organization: Meridian Institute professionals combine extensive experience in collaborative process design, deep substantive knowledge, and proven mediation skills to help people engaged in society’s toughest issues solve problems and make informed decisions.
About the Position: The Fellowship will begin summer 2019. The Fellowship is a two-year position, contingent upon performance and needs of the organization. Meridian hires Fellows to work as Project Assistants, located in either Washington, D.C. or Dillon, CO. Meridian Fellows work as Project Assistants to provide research, writing, and many other types of support for projects focusing on a wide variety of challenging issues. Past Fellows have been involved in work with global and domestic agriculture and food security, climate change, ocean and coastal policy and forestry and land use, among other topics.
- Have completed a Bachelor’s degree or expect to complete a Bachelor’s degree by May of 2019. We do not accept applicants with degrees beyond a bachelor’s, nor do we accept those who are currently pursuing graduate studies.
- Strong attention to detail, copy-editing, and note-taking skills. Strong written and oral communication skills, including experience researching, synthesizing, and communicating complex information across an array of audiences.
- **Desired Characteristics: Preference will be given to candidates with the following characteristics:**
- Interest or experience in collaborative decision-making, facilitation, or mediation.
- Substantive experience in Meridian topic areas; Some of the areas we work on include agriculture and food security, climate change, ocean policy, forest and land use management, freshwater resources, and community resilience.
- Experience in multicultural and/or international settings. Proficiency in foreign languages (in particular Spanish and French).
- Basic understanding of the institutional and political context in which public policies are deliberated.
- Experience with drafting meeting summaries, conducting interviews, researching and assembling background materials, and providing meeting and logistical support.
- Advanced technology competencies (e.g. research methods such as survey development and coding, database management, and template development).
- Skills in graphic design for multiple platforms (web design, infographic creation, etc.), including the ability to create and develop visual responses to communication problems using knowledge of aesthetics and composition to construct meaningful images.
- Online marketing skills including experience with social media, managing website content, and facility with platforms such as Twitter, SharePoint, and MailChimp.
Estimated Salary: $40,000/year plus benefits. In addition, Fellows are provided with a stipend of up to $500 to support relocation expenses and are issued laptops and mobile phones in conjunction with employment. Washington, DC-based Fellows are provided reimbursement of costs incurred by using public transit to commute to work.
Deadline: January 20, 2019 10:00 PM