December 2021
Deniss Martinez writes: “we need to contend with the root causes of climate change and environmental degradation: colonialism and capitalism. These systems originally meant to kill and dispossess Indigenous people have directly harmed the environments shaped by their stewardship. The lack of acknowledgment for these historical root causes of the current climate crisis has hamstrung our ability to ensure equitable climate adaptation for the most socially vulnerable and historically marginalized communities.”  Read the full article here.
Guided by our equity goals, the foundation changed our fellowship selection process last year to include a first tier of review by Switzer Network volunteers. The goals were to bring in a wider diversity of perspectives, involve the Switzer Network in decision making, and provide alumni with a new opportunity to engage and give back to the foundation. We need your help again this year! 

Please help us select the next generation of environmental leaders and your future colleagues in the Switzer Network! Fill out this Google form by December 17th to indicate your interest. Expectations and time commitment are outlined in the google form. 

To volunteer, you must be a Switzer Fellow and have completed your degree program. Our goal is to create a group of reviewers that represent a cross-section of cohorts, sectors, geography, degree, race, ethnicity, gender and people who were first-generation college students. Contact Erin with any questions. 
The application period for 2022 Switzer Fellowships is open until January 10, 2022! Please help us spread the word in any or all of these 3 ways: 

  1. Share the application guidelines throughout your networks. Sample outreach text, a recruitment poster and social media graphic (below) are available . 
  2. Act as an ambassador to the fellowship in your networks. For example, offer a Q&A session with students, connect with colleagues who would be important conduits for potential applications, or your other creative ideas! 
  3. Be available to talk to applicants who may have questions about the application or selection process. 

Please contact Erin if you are available to serve as an ambassador or talk to applicants. Your support is invaluable in recruiting the next cohort of Switzer Fellows!
Fellow News
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 9 am PST / 12 pm EST

Foundation staff and recent fellows will share basic information about the fellowship and the Switzer Network, and there will be time for Q&A from applicants. The session is open to all interested applicants. Find details here.
Thursday January 13, 2022 at 1 pm PST / 4 pm EST

Finding support and connection around burnout and work/life balance while doing the deep work of environmental and social change has never been more important. As we start the new year, we invite you to connect with other fellows, offer mutual support and share your experiences and collective wisdom on finding balance in this casual speed-networking event. Learn more and register.
Save the Date: Race & Equity Discussion Group Event
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST

The Switzer Network's Race and Equity Discussion Group’s first event of the year will be held on February 2, 2022. Save the date for a conversation about climate justice at COP26. More details coming soon!
7 Mondays from February 7, 2022 to April 4, 2022
9 am - 12 pm PST / 12 pm - 3 pm EST

The Switzer Foundation is partnering with the Interaction Institute for Social Change (IISC) to offer a seven-part workshop free of charge to Switzer Fellows. Participants will learn how to “lead in a way that inspires, invites participation, and builds commitment.” Learn more and sign up.
Rachel Morello-Frosch shared that UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management is hiring an assistant cooperative extension specialist who does research and works in the area of water justice policy. Application deadline is December 15, 2021. 

The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary is hiring a Superintendent. Jude Rubin would be happy to put applicants in touch with the outgoing superintendent and talk to serious candidates about the natural and political landscape involved with this position. Application deadline is December 15, 2021. 

A new Postdoctoral Scholar position is open in Sustainable Food Systems Modeling at Tufts University in Boston MA, as part of a new interdisciplinary project Nicole Tichenor Blackstone is co-leading. 

The Environmental Leadership Program is hiring a remote Partnerships Manager for the RAY Diversity Fellowship Program. Priority application deadline is January 3, 2022. 

Shaye Wolf’s organization, Center for Biological Diversity is hiring a new position, Internal Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, Accessibility and Inclusion in Tucson, AZ (as well as other openings in various locations and remotely). 

Stanford Law School is hiring for a new two-year position as an Environmental Justice Clinical Fellow. Stephanie Safdi can offer more information or answer questions.

Thank you to everyone who has been sharing opportunities on the Switzer Fellows listserv! We encourage you to keep posting jobs that come your way. If you have a connection to the hiring organization and are willing to be contacted, please include that information when you forward the posting. If a fellow has a connection, we will include it in this section each month.

You are also invited to join our private LinkedIn Group. This is another space to connect with other Switzer Fellows and stay up to date on the latest opportunities and news - especially if you are hiring or job-hunting.

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