Climate Resilience Workforce Development Program

Do you want to be inspired every day? Are you interested in working for a dynamic intertribal organization 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 fulfilling work experience. Work with our Tribal Climate Resilience Liaisons and our partners at the cutting edge of climate adaptation science and environmental justice. 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 are involved in, they will learn valuable skills in partnership with Tribal communities.

What do ATNI Fellows do?

  • ATNI fellows have the opportunity to tailor their experience to their interests and skills. Projects may be self identified or assigned.
  • Topics may 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 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, newsletter creation, etc.)
    • Work with ATNI’s Tribal collaborators to maintain tribal resilience databases or work on partners’ climate-related efforts
  • Position roles and responsibilities include Research, Communication, Tribal Relations, and Event Planning/Organization
  • Regular travel within the Northwest will be requested at 0-20% of the time. Compensation will be provided. 
  • See example work done by previous Climate Fellows

Who should apply?

Tribal citizens and early career professionals inspired towards finding climate solutions.


Salary range: $20.00 to $22.35 per hour, depending on experience. These temporary fellowships do not offer benefits. Positions are of a flexible duration and have ranged from eight weeks to two years. Click here to access the detailed job description.

Potential partnerships

While working with ATNI there are opportunities to work with our network of partners. Past partnerships include: Climate Advocates Voces Unitas, PNW Tribal Climate Change Network at the University of Oregon, Oregon Travel Information Council Historical Marker Committee, Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, UW Doris Duke Conservation Internship Program, Native Youth Climate Adaptation Leadership Congress, NASA Internship Program, and Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Internship Program.

Illustration created by Coral Avery, a previous ATNI Climate Fellow, for the 2021 STACC Report.