2023 Climate Fellow positions available

Position Overview Do you want to be inspired every day? Do you want to work for a dynamic intertribal organization that works at the intersection of Tribal sovereignty, climate solutions, environmental justice, and Indigenous cultures? ATNI is hiring Climate Resilience Fellows for our Workforce Development Program. As a Climate Resilience Fellow, your job responsibilities will be crafted to fit your interests and skills, and there will be a wide variety of projects to get involved with! You deserve more than a job; you deserve a work experience that feeds your soul. Work with our Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons and our partners at the cutting edge of climate adaptation science and environmental justice. You will engage on issues that include tribal resilience to climate change, extreme weather events, and harmful environmental trends in the Pacific Northwest. You will collaborate with Tribal communities to address their priority issues through holistic, interdisciplinary approaches. Climate Resilience Fellows will be managed by our Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons with oversight by our Climate Resilience Program Director. Tribes are greatly impacted by climate change, and ATNI works with our Tribes and our partners to improve Tribal resilience to climatic impacts through adaptation. Our Climate Fellows may:

  • Assist with large events that benefit Tribal climate adaptation efforts
  • Learn to work collaboratively with Tribes by participating in site visits to Tribes in our region
  • Participate in climate adaptation research, literature reviews, or independent research projects
  • Develop outreach and marketing materials (including web editing, limited design, etc.)
  • Work with ATNI’s Tribal collaborators to maintain tribal resilience databases or work on partners’ climate-related efforts

Our Climate Resilience Fellows have co-authored chapters in national or regionally relevant publications; developed skills in Tribal relations and worked with Indigenous youth. They have learned about climate change, vulnerability assessments, grant writing, adaptation planning, and the integration of local and traditional knowledge into scientific assessments. No matter which projects our Fellows tackle, they will learn valuable skills in partnership with Tribal communities.

Location: Flexible remote work within the Pacific Northwest or with our partners

Compensation: $20.00 – $22.35 per hour

Closing Date: Initial review of applications will begin on Dec 1, 2023, open until filled. 

To Apply: See the full job announcement for instructions


Seeking Board Game Consultant

Seeking Board Game Consultant

This is an RFP for to contract a Board Game Consultant to assist with the development, testing, design, and production of a Tribal climate resilience board game with a focus on North America. 

Scope of Services:

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians invites qualified game developers and designers to submit proposals for the development of a board game focused on tribal climate resilience on Turtle Island (North America). The objective of this project is to create an engaging and educational board game that will enhance the skills and knowledge of the tribal community while promoting climate resilience.

Project Description:

The board game will be designed to develop skills and share knowledge within the broader tribal community on Turtle Island. The primary audience will be teenagers and early career tribal audience, with crossover to Tribal staff, educators, and Tribal youth. It will serve as a valuable tool for our training and workshops, with the aim of having a broader impact on the tribal community’s climate resilience efforts. ATNI’s climate fellows and staff will be able to help develop the concept, test various aspects of the game, engage with the board game, gather inspiration, and apply the insights they gain to their own work.

Project Objectives:

The primary objectives of this project are as follows:

  1. Develop an engaging and educational board game for the tribal community and others around the topic of Tribal climate resilience.
  2. Enhance the skills and knowledge of the Tribal community in the U.S. while engaging them in a fun activity. 
  3. Provide a resource for training and workshops to promote climate resilience.
  4. Inspire ATNI’s staff and fellows, citizens of our member Tribes, the broader climate community, and our partners to actively contribute to climate resilience initiatives.

How to submit a proposal

Follow the instructions in the full RFP.

Deadline: November 13, 2023

RFP: Meeting Facilitator



Seeking a CONSULTANT to facilitate the planning process for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) 2024 National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit.

Scope of Services

ATNI is soliciting proposals from CONSULTANTS to perform the following scope of services:

  • Participate in planning ATNI’s National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit in spring 2024 by helping lead the planning team, conducting background research, producing written materials, developing and tracking the project schedule, and participating in the event.

Project Description

The 2024 National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit (“2024 Summit”) will convene Tribal Leaders and staff from Tribal Nations from throughout the Nation and include representatives from First Nations and Indigenous communities. Our goal is to elevate knowledge, experiences, research, values, and priorities related to Tribal climate resilience. The Summit will include nationally renowned plenary speakers, tribal leaders, tribal climate experts, tribal collaborators, invited guests, and more. Educating, training, and engaging leaders, staff, and communities on climate-related topics of interest to Tribal Nations in the United States.

The goals of the 2024 Summit will be defined through the planning process, but may include:

  1. Ensuring that Tribes have the information, support, capacity and resources necessary to plan for and implement Tribal Climate Resilience Projects; 
  2. Increasing Tribal awareness of opportunities and challenges faced by other Tribes in developing climate projects and when collaborating with outside partners for planning, policy development and project implementation;
  3. Improving project success by appropriately engaging and consulting with Tribes;
  4. Assessing Tribal needs, interests, and priorities related to climate adaptation and resilience, while providing listening opportunities for intertribal collaboration to move those priorities forward.

Through this process, ATNI and our partners will design and host a 2 ½ day in-person event, similar to the previous climate summits that we have hosted. The 2024 Summit may be live-streamed, or have presentations recorded for future sharing. Tribal leaders and subject matter experts will be recruited from across the U.S. to deliver timely and relevant high impact presentations, speeches, panel discussions, break out discussions, stories, songs, and prayers in culturally appropriate and respectful ways. The 2024 Summit’s intended audience is Tribal leaders, staff, their partners, and allies. The Summit will be designed to encourage partnership building and collaboration amongst Tribal leaders and staff so that the participants will be better informed and prepared to work with ATNI and our many partners to implement change more effectively for their Tribal communities.

Project Objectives, Tasks, Budget, Deliverables, and Timeline

An award from this RFP will support the consultant to achieve the following objectives and deliverables.

Objective 1 – Supporting Planning Efforts

  • Facilitate planning calls (meeting prep, agenda development, track decisions, time management,  core team assignments and, accountability)
  • Develop a work-back schedule and track progress and tasks during the planning phase
  • Develop draft and update event agenda and detailed run-of-show
  • Work between meetings to secure speakers identified by the planning team; craft planning document on session goals, objectives, target audiences, and discussion topics; assist with meeting scheduling, announcements, and outreach to planning team
  • Lead and support the preparation of speakers for the event, providing briefings, talking points, key themes, etc.

Objective 2 – Participation in the Summit and follow-up

  • Attend 2½ -day Summit and provide event support such as speaker coordination, leading breakout sessions, & fulfilling any assigned speaking roles
  • Facilitate two post-event meetings to debrief, discuss lessons learned, identify take-aways, calls to action, set goals for future events, & review meeting summary 

How to Submit a Proposal

See the details at this weblink

Deadline: October 13, 2023

2024 Climate Summit Venue RFP

2024 National Tribal Leaders Climate Summit

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is a nonprofit organization representing 57 tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Alaska, California and Montana. ATNI seeks to host a Tribal Climate Summit to provide a forum for the exchange of information about the opportunities and concerns of ATNI Tribes regarding their efforts related to Climate Planning for Tribal Resilience.

Through this solicitation, we are seeking cost proposals from venues and/or host Tribes in the region to host the event which is described at this link.


To submit a proposal, please see the full announcement and submit by the due date.

Deadline: October 20, 2023


For questions:

Chas Jones, Climate Resilience Program Director, cjones@atnitribes.org

Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians



The Affiliated Tribes of NW Indians seeks applicants for two full-time Climate Fellows. Apply today.

Formed in 1953, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is a nonprofit organization representing 57 Northwest tribal governments from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, southeast Alaska, Northern California and Western Montana. The ATNI Climate Fellow will conduct Tribal climate planning research and review regional GHG policy and other key climate vulnerability assessments. This may include, but is not limited to, outreach and collaboration across other member organizations to develop and share best practices, trainings, and other resources focused on climate and environmental justice issues. Additionally, the Fellow would be connected to and could work in collaboration with the University of Oregon’s Tribal Climate Change Project.

Enrolled Tribal citizens are strongly encouraged to apply.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Administrative Support Specialist

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hiring a Administrative Support Specialist, who will be tasked with office management, clerical tasks, and back-office duties of an organization. The administrative support specialists must manage the purchasing and inventory of office supplies as well as schedule the maintenance of office equipment. They serve as a liaison for executives by screening incoming calls and emails, sorting mails, and setting appointments with employees, customers, and vendors. Administrative support specialists must also be able to draft memos and edit report proposals and other business documents. The Support Specialist will interact closely with the executive director to assist executive management with coordination of ATNI consultants, volunteers, committee chairs, and the ATNI executive board. Successful candidates will have direct experience working with tribal non-profits. For more details about the position and how to apply, see the position description.

Location: Portland, Oregon

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Communications and Marketing Coordinator

The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is hiring a Communications and Membership Coordinator. This person is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and monitoring ATNI’s strategic communications strategy. This work includes communicating with Tribal Government ATNI membership, media relations, sponsors and partners. The focus is on increasing the capacity of ATNI and our programs for more effective communication with our membership and responding to the needs of our programs. Additionally, the Coordinator is responsible for member relations, including outreach, recruitment, retention, and implementation of plans designed to cultivate, maintain, and strengthen member ties to each other and to ATNI. The coordinator is responsible for instituting and utilizing a membership platform to better serve the ATNI membership. The Coordinator may provide some assistance with identifying and garnering resources to support the ATNI’s work, primarily in the area of community relations and communications. Successful candidates will have direct experience working with tribal nonprofits. For more details about the position and how to apply, see the position description.

Location: Portland, Oregon with the opportunity for remote work

Status: 32.5 hours / week

Salary range: $40,500 – $47,200 depending on experience