November 2021
Humans generate $120 billion of agricultural waste every year. What farmers cannot sell, they often burn, with catastrophic consequences for human health and the environment. Takachar developed a cheap, small-scale, portable technology that attaches to tractors in remote farms. It converts crop residues into sellable bio-products like fuel and fertilizer, reduces smoke emissions by up to 98%, and has potential to manage excess woody residues to mitigate wildfires in the West Coast.

Please share the news with potential applicants and refer them to the program guidelines. We are looking for emerging leaders who are committed to a career in environmental problem-solving (check out the profiles of the 2021 Switzer Fellows for an idea of the breadth of topics and expertise that we support). Applications are due January 10, 2022.

Contact Erin with questions or for more information about how you can be an ambassador to recruit new applicants and institutions!
In 2018, Evelyn Valdez-Ward co-founded Reclaiming STEM out of a frustration with the underrepresentation of the experiences of scientists in the margins in science communication and policy training spaces. That same year, Sarah Myhre co-founded Rowan Institute out of the desire to support STEM experts to engage in public leadership, education, and communication.

The two organizations have now merged to collectively build leadership and communication skills with marginalized scientists, in order for scientists and scientific institutions to address, repair, and heal from historical and ongoing systems of oppression. Learn more
The foundation’s Fall Newsletter highlights each 2021 Switzer Fellow’s expertise, studies and motivations in a New Fellows Video and excerpts from their Switzer profiles.

Fellow News
Forth is hiring a Policy Associate in Portland, OR or remotely. Apply by November 23, 2021 for full consideration. Let Isa Gaillard know if you have any questions. 

Oregon Sea Grant / Oregon State University in Astoria is hiring an Assistant Professor of Practice, focused on Coastal Hazards. Angee Doerr is the search chair and can answer any questions. Closing date is December 12, 2021. 

Biodiversity Research Institute, based in Portland, Maine, is seeking a quantitative ecologist. Wing Goodale is Senior Science Director at BRI and happy to answer questions. Application deadline is December 31, 2021. 

Pesticide Action Network is hiring an Executive Director. Kyra Busch would be happy to chat further with interested fellows.

Mehana Vaughan’s department at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is hiring a permanent instructor position (#84354) in social science, aspects of human connection to the environment. Mehana is happy to answer questions.

Lara Cushing shared that the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability is hiring for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Environmental Justice. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2022. 

The iDigBio project at Florida State University is hiring a Workforce Development Manager in Tallahassee, FL, or remote for a very strong applicant. Reach out to Erica Krimmel with questions. 

Rachel O’Malley shared that the Department of Environmental Studies at San José State University has open positions for lecturers to teach courses in Spring '22.

Rainforest Alliance is hiring a Market Development Manager in Europe or Africa. Sarah Lupberger is happy to talk with fellows who have questions. 

The Spring Island Trust in South Carolina is seeking an Executive Director. Anne Perrault can answer questions about the role and refer fellows to the organization. 

Heather Hulton VanTassel’s organization Three Rivers Waterkeeper is hiring a Pittsburgh Waterkeeper.

American Rivers is searching for a remote VP of Regional Conservation. Sarah Reed can connect fellows with the recruitment firm. 

Erol Foundation US is hiring a Research and Grants Associate in San Francisco. Fellows can contact Jill Kauffman Johnson to talk about the organization or position. 

Ellen Mallory shared an posting for Assistant Professor of Native American Studies and Food Systems at the University of Maine, Orono. Application review begins December 1, 2021.
Race & Equity Discussion Group event: Save the date and share your input
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 10 am PST / 1 pm EST

Karen Andrade and Lisa Stoddard are heading the Switzer Network's Race and Equity Discussion Group for 2021-22. The first event will be held on February 2, 2022. In the spirit of inclusion, they invite your opinions as they decide on the three activities to organize. Take this survey to rank your top choices, and make sure to mark your calendars for the first event!
Coming this spring: Facilitative Leadership for Social Change
February and March 2022, dates TBA

The Switzer Foundation will partner 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.”

For a general idea of the workshop, visit IISC’s website. We will work with workshop facilitators to create a specialized experience for fellows that allows for learning and relationship-building. Stay tuned for more details!
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