Climate Science Director

Southeast, Southwest
Posted 4 weeks ago

Job Number: 2021264
Location: San Marcos
Department: Meadows Ctr for Water & the Environment
Recruitment Type: Open to All
Job Type: Full Time
Monthly Salary: $6,000 – $7,500
Job Category: Exempt

Required Qualifications

The position requires either a Ph. D. in climate science or a related field (e.g., atmospheric science/meteorology, physical geography, hydroclimatology, climate/earth systems science, hydrology, civil/environmental engineering, astrophysics, etc.) or a Master’s degree with equivalent experience. Excellent skills in oral, written, and digital communication are also required.

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Qualifying experience includes:

  • working with water quantity or quality observations at regional, continental and/or global scales;
  • quantitative data analysis and modeling approaches;
  • exploring questions about climate and/or water quality and/or quantity;
  • working with climate models (i.e. CMIP5 GCMs, RCMs, etc.), ensemble analysis, uncertainty quantification, flood/hydrological modeling, bias correction/downscaling methods, climate impact assessments
  • water supply and resource forecasting incorporating coupled hydrologic-climate modeling
  • applying programming languages (e.g., Python, R, Matlab) to manage data
  • creating data-driven models, extracting insights and relationships
  • setting up and running numerical models of physical and/or physical-social processes

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the required qualifications, the preferred qualifications will be used to differentiate candidates that meet all the minimum required criteria:

  • Effective communication skills with a wide range of stakeholders encompassing students, faculty, staff, administrators, engaged citizens, water resource professionals, and governmental officials.
  • Demonstrated capability for teaching/directing graduate-level courses or equivalent.
  • Experience with strategic planning for a program involving research, education, stewardship, conservation leadership, and community outreach.
  • Project management experience.

Job Description

Serves as the Director of Climate Science at The Meadows Center. Responsible for directing the Meadows Center’s role as a vital source of scientific information on climate change for the general public and policy-makers. Responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing research opportunities; and, supporting stakeholder and agency engagement and consultation. Responsible for working with faculty and staff at Texas State University-San Marcos, scientists and officials from other universities, foundations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. This position will mainly support grant-funded projects, including climate decision support systems for planners and resource managers.

Job Duties

Support the establishment of robust, respected, and externally-funded climate research, water research, water education, water policy, water economics, and other climate, water and environment-related research programs at the Meadows Center.

Oversee program staff, students, contractors, and Meadows Fellows.

Analyze climate data or climate projections as applied in multiple sectors, such as agriculture, coastal communities, fisheries, infrastructure, water resources, public health, ecology, environmental planning, hazard mitigation planning, municipal planning, transportation, and utilities management.

Communicate with a diverse population and stakeholders, including the public, state and local government, the business community, and nongovernmental organizations about the impacts of climate change and climate variability.

Collaborate with other academic institutions on applied research, development of educational programs, and statewide integration of research findings into climate change adaptation, mitigation, and resilience efforts.

In coordination with others, develop standards and guidelines for downscaling the global climate models to account for local variations in weather and climate, and what climate change means for water resources.

Contribute to the development of a climate change dashboard to inform and empower the public, water managers, and others to develop and assess climate change policy positions.

Support organizational efforts to incorporate climate change considerations into the statewide water planning process.

Keep abreast of current research and policy initiatives on climate change including effective mitigation and adaptation practices, nature-based and other design solutions and best practices, resource protection and management techniques, as well as state and federal laws, resilience initiatives, policies, and goals.

Contribute to original research and collaborate with other scientists to write peer-reviewed papers and other reports and white papers.

Additional Information to Applicants

Job Open Date: 05/12/2021

Job Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

Normal Work Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Normal Work Hours Start: 8:00AM

Normal Work Hours End: 5:00PM


Legal and Required Notices:

Texas State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, committed to inclusive thought and action in support of our diverse community. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups and all those who share our commitment to inclusivity and passion for the strength of our diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Employment with Texas State University is contingent upon the outcome of record checks and verifications including criminal history, driving records, education records, employment verifications, reference checks, and employment eligibility verifications.

Texas State University is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking and the use of any tobacco product will not be allowed anywhere on Texas State property or in university owned or leased vehicles.

Texas State University is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University is an EOE.

Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions.

For a detailed description of this position and to apply, visit or call (512) 245-2557 or visit our office at 601 University Dr., J.C. Kellam Bldg., Suite 340.

About Texas State and San Marcos:

Texas State University is a emerging research institution located in the burgeoning Austin-San Antonio corridor and in the beautiful Texas Hill Country. It is the largest of eight campuses in the Texas State University System and one of the 75 largest universities in the country, with over 38,000 students and approximately 4,000 faculty and staff

Texas State is located in San Marcos, a growing community of over 50,000 people located about half way between Austin and San Antonio. Texas State enjoys a setting that is unique among Texas universities. The beauty of the crystal-clear San Marcos River and the stately cypress and pecan trees on the campus add to the charm of the university’s picturesque setting. Our location on the banks of the San Marcos River provides outdoor recreational activities throughout the year.

Why work @ Texas State?

  • Amazing health insurance: various coverage options starting your first day of employment for full-time employees with Texas State paying 100% of the employee premium and 50% for your dependents!
  • Generous paid time off: vacation, holidays, sick days and many more!
  • Excellent work life balance resources: mother and family-friendly resources in addition to a comprehensive FREE wellness program
  • Great professional development opportunities: choose from a variety of workshops, training, online learning and even access educational leave opportunities and reimbursement for academic courses
  • An inclusive Bobcat community: join our many social networks offered on and off-campus
  • Retirement peace of mind: TRS pension, retirement plans and voluntary saving options with generous employer contributions
  • By joining the Texas State Bobcat team, you’ll be a part of one of the most beautiful, diverse, and growing universities in the nation.

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