National Climate Assessment Staff Scientist

  • ICF International
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Nov 06, 2019
Full time Climate Change/ Resiliency Environmental Science - Engineering Research Sustainability

Job Description

ICF seeks to hire a National Climate Assessment Staff Scientist to serve as a staff scientist and technical expert on climate science for the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) NCA team. The successful candidate will support the development of the upcoming Fifth NCA (NCA5) and amplification of the recently published Fourth NCA (NCA4). The overall responsibility will be focused on providing technical, programmatic, and content-focused leadership and support to the NCA team, as well as the author teams of both NCA5 and other Sustained Assessment products.

***Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate in their cover letter the ways they meet the key responsibilities of the position.***

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide scientific expertise related to global climate change for author teams, including but not limited to identifying technical resources, helping interpret indicators and modeling scenarios, and developing summaries of published research.
  • Write and develop a variety of materials for internal and external use, including NCA4 derivative products, slide decks for internal and external presentations, and assessment author guidance materials.
  • Support planning and implementation of NCA5 and future sustained assessment activities, including the activities of the Sustained Assessment Working Group.
  • Coordinate the activities of the NCA author teams and leadership committees, including arranging meetings, developing agendas, building out timelines, and identifying necessary resources.
  • Synthesize discussion and provide readouts for large meetings and internal leadership
  • Develop to technical analysis and development of resources to support NCA5 authors and assessment production.
  • Contribute to creation of tools and materials for assessment activities, such as graphical development tools and databases for capturing metadata.
  • Develop, plan, and implement events related to NCA report development and author support.
  • In collaboration with USGCRP Communications Team, identify and implement opportunities for NCA4 amplification and support, including speaking at conferences, external meetings, and events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Minimum requirements

  • Master’s degree in climate science, earth science, or a closely related field. Knowledge of the technical components of climate science is required for success in this position.
  • Possesses the ability to locate, comprehend, summarize, and synthesize scientific materials and discussions, within academic journals, scholarly books, and government reports. A familiarity with research databases is strongly preferred
  • Computer literacy, including word processing, presentation, and web applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Suite, Skype, Slack, etc.)
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, including ability to organize and successfully implement a variety of tasks within a project, to prioritize projects or deliverables, and to carry out multiple tasks under tight deadlines
  • Ability to proactively identify program needs and propose solutions to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Exceptional attention to detail   
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic office procedures
  • Ability to work both as part of a professional team as well as independently, under minimal supervision; ability to be a self-starter and identify opportunities to support overall program objectives
  • Willingness to travel up to 1-5 times per year

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in working with government agencies is welcomed
  • Experience working with the academic community is welcomed
  • Professional experience preferred, at least one year highly desired
  • Experience working with digital databases is welcomed
  • Candidates with bilingual skills are encouraged to apply

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity).

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination: EEO is the law and Pay Transparency Statement.

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