Community Leaders

In community science, we start with your community’s priorities. Conversations, projects and actions are directed by local goals and objectives. Working together, we explore how Earth and space science can advance your priorities, and we design a project that can make a visible impact in 18 months or less. We match you with a volunteer scientist, chosen for their technical and collaborative skills, and we guide you through a process that produces results.

What does it mean to be a Thriving Earth Exchange community leader? 

As a community member, your work with Thriving Earth Exchange includes:

  • Getting to know your community and its priorities via a kick-off call
  • Identifying ways Earth and space science can add value to your priorities, whether that is environmental monitoring, coping with severe weather, preparing for hazards, or enhancing sustainability and resilience
  • Designing a 6-18 month project
  • Matching to a volunteer scientist, chosen for their technical, social, collaborative skills and their commitment to your project
  • Helping your project move from design to completion
  • Checking in monthly with project teams
  • Providing individualized mentoring and troubleshooting
  • Supporting preparation of a compelling project summary at the conclusion of the project
  • Identifying opportunities to share project results on a national and sometimes international stage

This process is personalized according to the needs of each community and project. Thriving Earth Exchange provides various ways to initiate new projects. As much as possible, we seek to connect different project teams together to share process and outcomes and transfer learning.

In order to get the most out of your Thriving Earth Exchange project, we ask each community to:

  • Designate a staff lead or representative to be the primary liaison with the scientist and Thriving Earth Exchange staff
  • Contribute in a strong, active role to all project activities for the duration of the collaboration
  • Maintain open communication with the Thriving Earth Exchange team
  • Identify and leverage opportunities to contribute community resources to the project and its implementation
  • Act as an active member of the Thriving Earth Exchange community, and be willing to offer advice and experience to other projects
  • Agree to prepare a project summary to be shared with other Thriving Earth Exchange projects, community leaders, and scientists

Launch Your Own Thriving Earth Exchange Project

Communities from around the work of any type and size are encouraged to submit a local issue and/or project idea related to natural hazards, natural resources, or climate change. Any community can start a Thriving Earth project. All we ask is that you commit the time and energy needed to work hand-in-hand with a volunteer scientist.

Apply for our Community Science Fellowship

Community Science Fellows are current and future leaders in the community science movement. They are committed volunteers who are eager to facilitate and lead collaborative, co-developed community science projects that produce on-the-ground impact in local communities. A Fellow can have any background, experience level, or location. Fellowship cohorts are launched quarterly.

Join Community Science Connect

Community Science Connect is an online forum for communities, scientists and allies to share and discuss ideas and initiatives related to community science. Start a discussion, post a response or make new connections to build your network.

Spread the Word about Community Science

Tell your colleagues about Thriving Earth Exchange. Guest post on our blog. Tweet about #CommunityScience!