The Climate Museum is a new museum in NYC and the first in the US dedicated to climate change and climate solutions. Learn more about us at climatemuseum.org.

The Climate Museum Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Climate and Inequality 

The Climate Museum seeks applications from humanities scholars who wish to engage the public on climate change and inequality to fill a two-year part-time Pre-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fellowship will be two days a week, running from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2022 concurrent with a Post-Doctoral Fellowship on climate and inequality also funded by the Mellon Foundation.

The Climate Museum is the first climate-dedicated museum in the United States, working to mobilize the strengths of museum programming for public engagement. Since early 2017, the Museum has been building a practice of engaging the public and making climate solutions accessible through programming across the arts, sciences, humanities, and design. We had a breakout year in 2018, presenting In Human Time, an art exhibition about polar ice loss, deep time, and humanity, and Climate Signals, a citywide public art installation. In 2019, the Museum developed Climate Speaks, an ongoing, citywide, youth climate spoken word program, and Taking Action, a five-month solutions-focused exhibition, closed in late October. 

The Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Climate and Inequality will integrate an environmental humanities and justice framework throughout our programming, particularly our 2021 and 2022 Spring and Fall arts interventions, as well as ongoing panels and lectures. The Fellow will also support the development of exhibitions at Governors Island. 

The Mellon Fellowship is open to candidates pursuing doctoral degrees in the humanities (ABD) who have experience in climate and inequality. The Fellow will be in residence at the Museum part-time from August 2020 through July 2022, during which period they will become a key member of the Museum’s public engagement team. 

This Fellowship offers the opportunity to receive hands-on immersive experience developing and expanding public engagement strategy for the first museum in the United States dedicated to climate change. The position offers an unprecedented opportunity for Fellows to work at the intersection of climate and inequality in a museum setting, supporting our early-stage initiative to meet the rising public demand for pathways into climate engagement and action. 

The fellowship includes a stipend of $32,000 a year, as well as health and dental insurance. Applications are due by March 15, 2020, video interviews will be arranged, and offers will be made by mid-April. Fellows will begin work on August 1, 2020. The Museum offers relocation assistance and a modest research budget to Fellows. 


Responsibilities 

The Fellow will support the expansion of the Museum’s engagement of the public on climate change, with a particular focus on the role of the humanities in justice-centered climate programming, through research and exhibition development. Both Mellon Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their public engagement skills and advance the work of an initiative at a formative moment of growth potential. Pre-Doctoral Fellows will be encouraged to pursue lines of inquiry at the Museum that coalesce with their dissertation and other research interests, ensuring this Fellowship allows them to continue to advance their ongoing research in the environmental humanities and climate justice. 

After a training program on current best practices in climate communications and the Climate Museum’s approach to pedagogy, engagement, and outreach, with additional topics to be added based on Fellows’ backgrounds, Fellows will begin developing public engagement content and outreach. Their responsibilities will include: 

• Supporting the development of adjacent public programming, such as panel discussions and outreach events, for the Climate Museum’s 2020 exhibition

• Supporting the planning and execution of the Climate Museum’s 2021 exhibition at Governor’s Island

• Integrating an understanding of the intersections of climate and inequality throughout the Museum’s work, with a particular focus on developing adjacent public programming around our spring and fall arts interventions and our interdisciplinary programming 

• Conducting ongoing research on best practices for public engagement and outreach concerning the climate crisis and in particular its intersections with issues of inequality and justice 

The Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow will collaborate closely with the Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow and other members of the Museum’s public engagement team, including our Director, Arts Marketing Coordinator, and Special Assistant for Operations. 


Qualifications 

All applicants must: 

• Be enrolled in a humanities doctoral program, having completed their coursework and with an accepted dissertation proposal in the humanities

• Have an anticipated degree date of May/June 2022 or later (2021 PhD candidates are not eligible)

• Be able to work two days a week from the Climate Museum’s New York City office with periodic visits to Governors Island and other programming locations from August 2020 - July 2022. 

• Have a keen eye toward the role of the environmental humanities in expanding public engagement with climate change 

• Have an academic background informed by historical inquiry and subject-matter expertise in climate, inequality, or both 

• Have a strong orientation towards collaboration 

• Have an ambitious mindset and excellent time management skills 

• Be inclined to kindness and humor under pressure 


Application Process 

Applications are due on March 15, 2020. Application materials should include the following: 

  • A cover letter detailing why you are a strong candidate and why this would be a good fit for you as well as the Climate Museum 
  • A Curriculum Vitae 
  • A 2-page single-spaced proposal outlining the public engagement work and research you would propose to conduct at the Climate Museum 
  • Names and emails of 2 references who are able to submit confidential reference letters.  References will receive a request from the Museum to email letters of referral to careers@climatemuseum.org with the subject line “Mellon Pre-Doctoral Reference Letter for [Your Name]. If you have experience doing public engagement work, or work around climate and/or inequality, one letter of reference should come from a person familiar with that work. 

The Climate Museum highly values diversity and views the climate crisis as a social justice crisis. People of color, indigenous people, people with disabilities, and people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The Climate Museum Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Climate and Inequality

The Climate Museum seeks applications from humanities scholars who wish to engage the public on climate change and inequality to fill a two-year full-time Post-Doctoral Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Fellowship will run from August 1, 2020 to July 31, 2022, concurrent with a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship on climate and inequality also funded by the Mellon Foundation.

The Climate Museum is the first climate-dedicated museum in the United States, working to mobilize the strengths of museum programming for public engagement. Since early 2017, the Museum has been building a practice of engaging the public and making climate solutions accessible through programming across the arts, sciences, humanities, and design. We had a breakout year in 2018, presenting In Human Time, an art exhibition about polar ice loss, deep time, and humanity, and Climate Signals, a citywide public art installation. In 2019, the Museum developed Climate Speaks, an ongoing, citywide, youth climate spoken word program, and Taking Action, a five-month solutions-focused exhibition, which closed in late October. 

The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Climate and Inequality will serve on the leadership team responsible for the development and implementation of an exhibition at Governors Island in 2021 and will integrate an environmental humanities and justice framework throughout our programming, including the Museum’s Spring and Fall arts interventions and ongoing lectures and panels. Fellows will be encouraged to propose and help implement new approaches to engaging the public on issues of climate and inequality. 

The Mellon Fellowship is open to all candidates who have received their PhD in the humanities within the last five years and who have experience in climate and inequality. The Fellow will be in residence at the Museum full-time from August 2020 through July 2022, during which period they will become a key member of the Museum’s public engagement team. 

This Fellowship offers the opportunity to receive hands-on immersive experience developing and expanding public engagement strategy for the first museum in the United States dedicated to climate change. The position offers an unprecedented opportunity for Fellows to work at the intersection of climate and justice in a museum setting, supporting our early-stage initiative to meet the rising public demand for pathways into climate engagement and action. 

The fellowship includes a stipend of $63,000 a year, as well as health and dental insurance. Applications are due by March 15, 2020, video interviews will be arranged, and offers will be made by mid-April. Fellows will begin work on August 1, 2020. The Museum offers relocation assistance and a modest research budget to Fellows. 


Responsibilities 

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will support the expansion of the Museum’s engagement of the public on climate change, with a particular focus on the role of the humanities in justice-centered climate programming, through research and exhibition development. Both Mellon Fellows will have the opportunity to develop their public engagement skills and advance the work of an initiative at a formative moment of growth potential. 

After a training program on current best practices in climate communications and the Climate Museum’s approach to pedagogy, engagement, and outreach, with additional topics to be added based on Fellows’ backgrounds, Fellows will begin developing public engagement content and outreach. Their responsibilities will include: 

• Supporting the development of adjacent public programming for the Climate Museum’s 2020 exhibition

• Playing a central role in the planning and executing of the Climate Museum’s 2021 exhibition at Governor’s Island 

• Integrating an understanding of the intersections of climate and inequality throughout the Museum’s work, with a particular focus on developing adjacent public programming around our spring and fall arts interventions and our interdisciplinary programming 

• Conducting ongoing research on best practices for public engagement and outreach concerning the climate crisis and in particular its intersections with issues of inequality and justice 

• Envisioning and proposing new justice-oriented programs for the Museum 

The Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow will collaborate closely with the Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow and other members of the Museum’s public engagement team, including our Director, Arts Marketing Coordinator, and Special Assistant for Operations. 


Qualifications 

All applicants must: 

• Be recipients of a PhD degree in the humanities after June 2015 and before June 2020 

• Be able to work from the Climate Museum’s New York City office with periodic visits to Governors Island and other programming locations from August 2020 - July 2022. 

• Have a keen eye toward the role of the environmental humanities in expanding public engagement with climate change 

• Have an academic background informed by historical inquiry and subject-matter expertise in climate, inequality, or both 

• Have a strong orientation towards collaboration 

• Have an ambitious mindset and excellent time management skills 

• Be inclined to kindness and humor under pressure 


Application Process 

Applications are due on March 15, 2020. 

Application materials should include the following: 

  • A cover letter detailing why you are a strong candidate and why this would be a good fit for you as well as the Climate Museum 
  • A Curriculum Vitae 
  • A 2-page single-spaced proposal outlining the public engagement work and research you would propose to conduct at the Climate Museum 
  • Names and emails of 2 references who are able to submit confidential reference letters.  References will receive a request from the Museum to email letters of referral to careers@climatemuseum.org with the subject line “Mellon Post-Doctoral Reference Letter for [Your Name]. If you have experience doing public engagement work, or work around climate and/or inequality, one letter of reference should come from a person familiar with that work. 

The Climate Museum highly values diversity and views the climate crisis as a social justice crisis. People of color, indigenous people, people with disabilities, and people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community are particularly encouraged to apply. 

The Climate Museum is hiring college and graduate school interns to make an impact at the first climate-dedicated museum in the United States. This competitive internship program offers college students an opportunity to join a dynamic new museum early in the process of scaling its public engagement and expanding toward a year-round location.

The Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. Our vision is to invite the broad public into a new climate citizenship, extending the transformative work being done by the youth and adult climate movements. More information on the programming we have presented over the past two and a half years can be found on our website.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. The final deadline for applications is March 15. Summer internships begin May 20 (subject to individual summer break schedules).

Internship description:

Interns will carry out a range of tasks in an intellectually vibrant, highly collaborative and supportive environment. While assignments will vary depending on the immediate needs of the Climate Museum, interns will largely focus on the following:

  • Assisting with organization and execution of special programmatic and fundraising events
  • Educating and engaging with visitors at the museum’s exhibition on Governors Island as docents (training will be provided)
  • Staffing outreach and public education events
  • Researching topics related to the Museum’s mission and organizational development
  • Participating in staff meetings, brainstorming, research, and trainings
  • Curating and drafting social media posts*
  • Managing website updates**
  • Assisting in the creation of communications materials (designing flyers, emails, etc.)**

* for dedicated social media track

** for dedicated digital communications track

Please note if you would like to be considered for the social media or digital communications track within the internship.


Required qualifications:

  • Ability to volunteer without compensation 5 days/week, including one weekend day twice a month as docent at exhibition hub on Governors Island (rest of the days will be in our midtown Manhattan office)
  • Ability to volunteer through summer break
  • Ability and willingness to volunteer during occasional evening hours
  • Undergraduate students, recent college graduates, and graduate students only
  • Demonstrated passion for climate issues, social justice, and/or museums
  • Exceptional research and writing skills and generally strong academic qualifications
  • Enterprising and ambitious mindset balanced with outstanding collaboration skills
  • Ability to maintain a flexible and positive attitude in a fast-paced and unpredictable startup environment
  • Kindness and humor under pressure
  • Proficiency in Google Drive preferred, as well as the ability to learn new software
  • Experience using Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook (for students applying for social media internship)
  • Experience using InDesign, Photoshop, and Squarespace (preferred, not required, for students applying for digital communications internship)

The Climate Museum is hiring a Development Associate to play a generative role at the first climate-dedicated museum in the United States. The successful candidate will have the desire and ability to grow into a position of significant organizational leadership and the determination to fuel meaningful increases in capacity. This is an opportunity to join a dynamic new museum early in the process of scaling its public engagement and expanding toward a year-round location.

The Museum’s mission is to inspire action on the climate crisis with programming across the arts and sciences that deepens understanding, builds connections, and advances just solutions. More details on our first two years of programming can be found on our website

We aim to fill this spot as soon as possible.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting immediately. The final deadline for applications is February 28.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Work with Museum Director to set goals and devise strategies for donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Work with Museum Director to increase operational funding year over year, focusing on major gifts while securing support from foundation, corporate, and government sources and expanding the Museum’s individual donor base.
  • Manage and execute fundamental development and organizational tasks including stewardship of current donors, prospect research, preparation of materials, event management, timely processing of donations and gift acknowledgments, and supervision of interns.
  • Write a wide range of donor communications and coordinate development outreach. 
  • Collaborate with programmatic and communications teams to create compelling digital and print content reaching a range of constituents.
  • Support the fundraising efforts of all of the Museum’s ambassadors, including board members, advisors, and donors.
  • Manage the Museum's funder database through Salsa CRM.
  • Lay the groundwork for an upcoming capital campaign.


QUALIFICATIONS

Job Fundamentals:

  • 4-6 years of relevant development experience, preferably in the political sector or at a non-profit
  • Enjoyment of fundraising; comfort with asking others to contribute to a worthy cause
  • Deep drive to make a positive impact
  • Belief in the Climate Museum’s mission

Organizational Culture Fundamentals:

  • Kindness and humor under pressure
  • Flexible, creative, enterprising, and ambitious approach to personal and organizational growth
  • Strong orientation toward collaboration and the success of the team
  • Regular office hours are Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm. In this start-up environment, staff members often work significant additional hours, with potential for comp time.
  • Salary is competitive and based on experience.

Required job skills:

  • Ability to connect effectively with diverse donor constituencies
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Experience with donor database management (the Museum uses Salsa CRM) 
  • High level of organization and precision
  • Excellent time-management skills
  • Ease with new technology

Preferred prior experience:

  • Major gift research, cultivation, and stewardship


The Climate Museum highly values diversity and views the climate crisis as, among other things, a social justice crisis. People of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ community are particularly encouraged to apply.



Want to inspire action on the climate crisis?
 


Calling all metro NYC high school students! Join Climate Speaks, a youth creative writing and performance program about the climate crisis.
Around the world, young people are rising together to meet the climate crisis. Youth voices are changing our world for the better. Climate Speaks presents an opportunity for you to join in and make a difference.

The Climate Speaks program has three main components.

  1. Workshops: First, you have the chance to learn about the climate crisis and how to use creative writing to inspire action.  You'll attend two free workshops: one about climate and its intersections with social justice and one about writing. Workshop participants will be invited to submit an original climate-themed writing piece to be considered for selection to continue the program.
  2. Competition: If your work is selected, you’ll get intensive, free performance coaching and mentoring and the chance to rehearse and audition to join the Climate Speaks final performance cohort.
  3. Performance: Third, members of the final performance cohort will receive additional coaching to prepare for a series of small performances across the city as well as a major final performance!

 Beginners are welcome!

We’ve seen newcomers take the stage and hold a room rapt after just a few coaching sessions. Throughout the history of social progress, young people have had a central role in moving the world forward. Your voice is transformative.


Climate Speaks is presented in partnership with the NYC Department of Education Office of Sustainability and with special thanks to Urban Word NYC, as well as The New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, the DreamYard Project, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens, and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.


Who is eligible?
You must meet the following criteria in order to register for a Climate Speaks workshop:
 

  1. You must be enrolled in and attending high school in Spring 2020.
  2. You must live in the New York Metropolitan area.

 
For more program details, visit climatespeaks.org and follow @climatespeaks on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


WORKSHOP REGISTRATION PORTAL
This form allows you to register your interest for workshops. Students selected for participation in the workshops will be sent an email confirming their spot in the workshops.

Jan. 20th update: Workshops are still open in Brooklyn and Queens only!


Students who attend both a climate and writing workshop will gain access to the portal to apply to the semifinals.

For any questions, please email us at climatespeaks@climatemuseum.org

The Climate Museum