Planetary Health and CA Department of Conservation offer summer graduate fellowship

May 11, 2017

The UCGHI Planetary Health Center of Expertise (PHCOE), in partnership with the California Department of Conservation (DOC), is offering a paid summer fellowship to graduate students with interest in exploring careers involving conservation science and policy. The start date is June 26, 2017 for this 9 week fellowship, 30-40 hours per week, $15-$25/hr depending on qualifications. The deadline for applications is May 22, 2017.

Depending on the skills/interests of the fellow and current DOC activities, fellows may:

  • Assist DOC staff with greenhouse gas science and policy activities
  • Engage in climate change and conservation land use issues to support DOC activities
  • Find literature to evaluate agricultural conservation easements that may be economically beneficial locally and statewide
  • Find data and information regarding wind erosion in the State of California and develop possible policy responses to prevent a "dust bowl" type situation from worsening in California
  • Provide support in identifying parcels for outreach into DOC's SALC program
  • Assist with surveys of local governments related to farmland conservation
  • Analyze legislation and proposed regulations
  • Providing support for DOC's GHG sequestration research by performing literature reviews
  • Assist with the identification of projects eligible for the Transformative Climate Communities Program
  • Assist with project management for various division initiatives
  • Develop talking points, presentation materials, and background materials related to sensitive departmental decisions and policy initiatives
  • Perform outreach to other state agencies, universities

To apply, email the application to no later than 5pm on Monday, May 22, 2017.


To be eligible for the fellowship, you must have:

  • Graduate student status at a UC campus
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Strong desire to learn, proactive and solution-oriented attitude, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Ability to prepare reports, spreadsheets, data and documentation as well as develop other materials including factsheets and other public communications tools
  • Ability to work with and communicate to diverse stakeholders
  • Confidence, self-motivation and organization skills to work independently and on teams
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex information from various sources is a plus.

Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) would allow the fellow to improve upon those skills with opportunities to work in real-time on a myriad of different projects.

About the UCGHI Planetary Health Center of Expertise

The PHCOE brings together faculty, students, and stakeholders from across the University of California system, including the national laboratory system, to work together to address issues involving population pressures on the environment and environmental pressures on populations.

About the CA Department of Conservation

The CA Department of Conservation administers a variety of programs vital to California's public safety, environment and economy. The services DOC provides are designed to balance today's needs with tomorrow's obligations by fostering the wise use and conservation of energy, land and mineral resources.

For questions about the fellowship, please email