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Scientists: Get Involved

Working with Thriving Earth Exchange is a 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 hazards or natural resources management.


Volunteer as a community scientist on a new project

Thriving Earth Exchange regularly posts volunteer positions on our website. Specific skills and expertise are outlined for each project page. Apply for a project via the online form, or just send the Thriving Earth Exchange team an email, and we will assess whether your interests and expertise match the needs of the community.

Join our Community Scientist Network

Scientists interested in volunteering on future community science projects can join our community scientist network. If we launch a project that fits your expertise and experience, we will contact you to see if you’re interested.

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.

Publish on and learn about community science at the Community Science Exchange.

The Community Science Exchange is a new platform, led by a coalition of societies and partners, aimed at developing and promulgating leading practices, resources, and information around community science. It includes a peer reviewed journal, resource library, sample projects, and interactive forums.

Learn how to use and apply community science in your work

Whether you are new to community science or looking to improve certain aspects of your engagement with communities, Thriving Earth Exchange can provide helpful advice, resources and opportunities to learn about and grow in your skill as a community scientist. Browse our blog for the latest. The following resources are also a great place to start:

Publish in open access AGU publications

Start by reaching out to Thriving Earth Exchange, and we will help you connect with the editors to discuss your idea.

  • Community Science is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishing scientific outcomes of community science. Community Science welcomes contributions across scientific disciplines and is particularly interested in work that is relevant to or the product of multiple disciplines. Submissions should generally speak to more than one scientific discipline or build bridges from a single scientific discipline toward multiple scientific disciplines. The journal considers four article types: practice reports; project reports; reviews; and commentaries
  • Earth’s Future is a transdisciplinary, open-access science journal that examines the state of the planet and its inhabitants, and the predictions of its future. It is a good place to share the broader outcomes and implications of your community science project.

Use Fall Meeting to advance the scholarship and practice of community science

Each year at AGU’s Fall Meeting, AGU members propose sessions about every aspect of Earth and space science, including community science. You can highlight the impact of collaborations, offer a forum to explore thorny issues, or share successes and lessons learned.

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. Ask a question, post a response or make new connections to build your network.