Second Nature Fellows Program

Without the contributions from our Second Nature Fellows, we wouldn't be able to provide as many resources and tools as we do to all of you.

Second Nature is committed to fostering the development of decarbonization, resilience, and climate justice researchers and practitioners through a Fellows Program.  Second Nature Fellows work with the nation’s premier colleges and universities leading on climate action.  This year-long program is designed to provide talented and diverse individuals with a unique experience working in a small nonprofit team setting, giving them direct access and exposure to varied stakeholders and partners, and supports their pursuit of influential and impactful careers.


Summer 2022 – 2023 Fellowship Openings

Timeframe: August 2022 – August 2023
Fellows for 2022 – 2023 will receive a stipend of $30,000

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America Is All In (AIAI) Higher Education Climate Fellow
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022

The primary focus of this position will be to develop a new resource that identifies how the complementary strengths of the leading sectors within the America Is All In coalition working together can drive cross-sector program strategy.  Read the full description. . .  
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Climate Justice Fellow 
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022
The Climate Justice Fellow will provide crucial thought leadership on Second Nature’s current and future climate justice initiatives and contribute value-added research on equitable and just climate action planning processes.  Read the full description. . .
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Carbon Offsets Fellow
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022
The Carbon Offsets Fellow will research and develop guidance on best practices on carbon offsets for higher education.  Read the full description. . . 
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Solutions Center Fellow
Application Deadline: Monday, August 15, 2022
This position will primarily work on enhancing the breadth of offerings of the Solutions Center.  Read the full description. . .
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Who Should Apply:

Studies have shown that women, people of color, and other under-represented groups are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the position, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. Second Nature will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.


Fellowship Details & Classification:

These positions are 100% remote. The work schedule is flexible, but entails a commitment of ≈20 hours a week with virtual supervision from Second Nature staff. Note that this is a one-year Fellowship with a stipend of $30,000. The successful candidate will be hired as a contractor during the Fellowship period.

Second Nature offices a dynamic and creative work environment with customized experiences designed to be challenging and build desired skill sets.

Second Nature is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on any of the following: race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or gender characteristics, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.


Current & Former Fellows/Projects

Chaz Briscoe, Climate Justice Fellow (Fall 2021 – Fall 2022)

Chaz is producing a publication about the role of higher education in advancing climate justice on campuses and in local communities.


Aaron Durnbaugh, Climate Commitment Research Fellow (Summer 2022)

Aaron is focusing on research to support/inform updates to Climate Leadership Commitment policies to reflect increased climate ambition, consensus on key definitions, and other guidance to be identified.


April T. Burrage, Research Fellow

Anna Goldstein, Research Fellow

The Future of Academic Research on Climate Solutions: This research project assessed how new federal investments in climate and energy research can have the most impactful results on the academic research ecosystem, and how senior leadership in higher education can support institutional research enterprise designs that align with the goals of these investments.


Marco Antonio Berger Garcia, Research Fellow

In 2020, Second Nature partnered with Partners of the Americas to convene a group of leaders representing a wide variety of sectors, countries and regions in Latin America and the Caribbean to discuss how higher education institutions could help accelerate climate action. Link to paper when published.


Questions? Please Contact:
Michele Madia, [email protected]