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Thriving Earth Exchange Community Scientist Network

Working with Thriving Earth Exchange as a Community Scientist is an opportunity to leverage your science for good, learn new skills, develop new friends and colleagues, and expand your notion of what it means to be a scientist. There are many ways that you can get involved and give back to communities facing pressing needs related to climate change, natural and environmental health hazards, or natural resources management.

Who are Community Scientists?

Community Scientists are scientists at any career stage who offer their technical skills and expertise to help communities tackle their most pressing problems. We’re looking for scientists with a wide range of skill sets, from geospatial mapping to environmental health to flood/drought/pollution modeling, and much more. If you want to use your skills as a scientist to help inform community-driven solutions, let us know!

What does a Community Scientist do?

AGU Thriving Earth Exchange staff pair interested communities with Community Science Fellows, who guide projects from inception to implementation. As project managers, Fellows seek Community Scientists who then work as part of the project team to provide the technical expertise to address the issue at hand. Projects typically last anywhere from 6 to 18 months

How can I become a Community Scientist?

Thriving Earth Exchange regularly posts volunteer opportunities for scientists on our website. Specific skills and expertise are outlined for each project.

As projects are launched at the request of communities, we recognize that there may not be a current project with needs matching your expertise. If you are interested in volunteering on a future community science project through the Thriving Earth Exchange, complete the application below. If we launch a project that fits your expertise and experience, a Thriving Earth Exchange staff member will contact you to see if you’re interested. Please be aware that it might take some time to find a community whose needs match your skill set but as the Thriving Earth Exchange grows (and expands internationally!), so will our need for scientists!

Or, if you’re interested in managing the development of a community science project, become a Community Science Fellow!