Internships & Research Opportunities

Water in the West facilitates student research, internships and other forms of engagement in pertinent projects that link students with potential researchers or organizations to shape course assignments, term projects, theses or independent studies. Water in the West also regularly hires research assistants, engages interns and guides independent study projects. Students interested in internships, summer opportunities, or research projects for credit, as well as organizations interested in working with Stanford students, are encouraged to contact us to learn more.

Organizations that are interested in working with Stanford students on water issues include The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, U.S. EPA, NASA-Ames Research Center, Deschutes River Conservancy and others.

 

RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES & STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Early Career Fellowship

Position

Water in the West, a joint program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Bill Lane Center for the American West, and Stanford Law School’s Martin Daniel Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, are seeking an Early Career Fellow to conduct an interdisciplinary research project focused on understanding the role of data integration, analysis and visualization on water management decisions.

Water in the West’s purpose is to marshal the resources of Stanford University to find solutions to the central problem of water scarcity in the American West. Water in the West pursues this mission through research, active collaboration with decision makers and opinion leaders, effective public communications, and hands-on education of students.  Water in the West’s work is accomplished through program staff, affiliated faculty, and students.

The Fellow will be a recent graduate who has received a JD or PhD in the last five years, and who has completed substantial course work and/or gained experience in water resources, hydrology, water law, water policy, natural resource management or other related fields.  The Fellow’s expertise should be in social science research methods; however other research areas combined with a demonstrated ability to conduct social science research will be considered. The Fellow must demonstrate capacity and interest in managing and participating in interdisciplinary projects. The Fellow will be expected to actively conduct research and engage with water managers, policymakers, and other key decision makers and stakeholders in the water management arena. 

The Early Career Fellow will work with the Director of the Martin Gould Center for Conflict Resolution and Water in the West’s Executive Director, as well as other postdoctoral scholars, researchers, and staff to conduct a research project intended to evaluate the extent to which the development of integrated, open and transparent data integration and visualization platforms result in more timely, efficient and informed decision-making. This project involves assessing the development and performance of data analysis platforms in two distinct pilot studies, one focusing on surface water diversions and the other on groundwater recharge. The Early Career Fellow, in consultation with the larger research team, will be responsible for all components of the research project, including:  

Key Responsibilities

  • Conducting interviews and observing meetings to understand the roles and views of various agencies and stakeholders involved in data platform development.
  • Co-developing metrics for each pilot study and the data necessary to assess project success.
  • Conducting a review of literature on the use of data platforms in decision-making
  • Identifying and documenting additional case studies of the use of data platforms in environmental decision-making.
  • Analyzing and summarizing data to produce interim and final reports summarizing project progress to date and lessons learned.
  • Produce reports, academic journal articles, white papers, research briefs, blog posts, web site content, and other written material summarizing project progress to date and lessons learned.
  • Presenting research findings for academic, policy focused, and public audiences.
  • Representing Water in the West as needed at conferences or events.

The Fellow may also contribute to other ongoing research taking place at Water in the West and pursue related research interests, if mutually agreed upon.

Early Career Fellowship Program Overview

The Early Career Fellowship program is designed to draw on and enhance the academic and professional skills of early career professionals and researchers by placing them in interdisciplinary collaborations focused on identifying, developing, and communicating about enduring solutions to the greatest challenges encountered in water resources management. The program is committed to providing each fellow with appropriate training and mentorship, including access to special leadership and communications workshops, courses and one-on-one training provided through the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.  

The initial term of the fellowship is for 12 months, renewable up to a three-year term contingent on performance, funding, and fit. Fellows will also receive health insurance coverage and limited support for travel and supplies.  Compensation will be consistent with Stanford’s postdoctoral fellow program.

Early Career Fellow Qualifications

Applicants must have received a terminal graduate degree (i.e. PhD and/or JD) in the last five years and be fluent English speakers and writers.

Successful candidates will have demonstrated: (1) strong experience in communicating research to a variety of audiences in both written and oral format; (2) strong social science research skills using a range of relevant methods; (3) experience with interdisciplinary collaborations; (4) substantial course work and/or experience in water law, water policy, water management, hydrology, or related fields; (5) a growing record of scholarly or other activities of high impact in their field; and (6) a commitment to communicating about solutions to the problem of water scarcity in the American West.

Application

Applicants should submit:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Contact information for three references, including at least one from an academic advisor and one from someone who is familiar with applicant's professional abilities;
  • Copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official copies will be required for finalists);
  • Two relevant writing samples or links to online and social media posts.

Applications and inquiries should be submitted electronically to Megan Glatzel at mglatzel@stanford.edu. Review of applications will begin on Jan. 9, 2017.

 

STAFF OPPORTUNITIES

None at this time.

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