CIRES/NOAA NIDIS Tribal Engagement Coordinator

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are seeking a full-time Tribal Engagement Coordinator.


Date posted

Mar. 24, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

May 24, 2021 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/NOAA NIDIS Tribal Engagement Coordinator

Requisition Number: 29242
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) are seeking a full-time Tribal Engagement Coordinator to work as part of an interdisciplinary team as the programmatic lead for tribal engagement on drought early warning and resilience across the United States.
This position fulfills a critical role in the implementation of NIDIS, a federal multi-agency partnership that coordinates drought monitoring, forecasting, planning, and information at national, state, and local levels. NIDIS’s mission is to help the nation to move to a more proactive approach to managing drought risks and impacts, and to improve long-term drought resilience. Through this position, NIDIS will be able to increase collaboration with and support to tribal nations across its nine regional drought early warning systems (DEWS).
This position will work with tribal communities to better understand and respond to their needs for drought early warning information. The Coordinator will strengthen existing partnerships and develop new partnerships with tribal nations across the DEWS, and will help further assess the drought monitoring and preparedness needs of tribal nations. The Coordinator will cultivate and support a research environment focused on risk assessment, planning, forecasting, monitoring, impact collection and analysis, and mitigation. The Coordinator will provide tailored technical support to tribal nations, including coordinating trainings and/or workshops, co-developing customized drought resources and information, and facilitating state-to-state tribal exchanges.
The Coordinator will also work to strengthen linkages between NIDIS’s tribal initiatives and other key tribal interagency partnerships, including those within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Department of the Interior, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal agencies, as well as non-profit organizations, tribal alliances, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). The Coordinator will also communicate the purpose, goals, and outcomes of NIDIS tribal engagement efforts within the U.S. Drought Portal, through social media, with various scientific and professional communities, and with the public.
The NIDIS program is part of NOAA. The NIDIS program is based at NOAA’s David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, CO. This position is currently remote. When offices reopen, this position’s preferred location is Boulder, CO, but remote locations will also be considered. Regular, out-of-state travel will be required when the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.


  • Serving as the primary representative of NIDIS in relationships with tribal nations.
  • Establishing and maintaining tribal partnerships that promote long-term, positive relationships and collaborative efforts to build drought early warning capacity.
  • Managing special projects as needed, such as coordinating tribal drought-focused events, co-developing resources for tribal partners, and coordinating tribal drought trainings.
  • Applying and integrating research around drought prediction and monitoring into action to support tribal communities.
  • Reviewing, evaluating, and managing project statements of work for NIDIS-funded tribal partners.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental sciences, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology, public policy, Native American studies, or a related field is required. 
  • At least five years of proven professional experience serving in a similar role. 

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