Angela Mooney D'Arcy, the Executive Director of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, gives an introduction to indigenous environmental Justice at a UCI retreat. Photo Credit: Diana Lofflin, UCI

Angela Mooney D’Arcy, Executive Director of the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, gives an introduction to indigenous environmental justice at a UCI training. Photo Credit: Diana Lofflin, UCI

Graduate Students: Apply Today to Work on Indigenous Environmental Issues

The Sustainability Initiative is hiring a UCI graduate student researcher to work on indigenous environmental issues. Project focus areas range from global to local and include:

  • Global: preparation for the World Indigenous Law Conference (UCI, October 2016). Before and during the conference, student will assist indigenous-led convening partners in both logistical and substantive matters. Post-conference, student will participate in coordination of follow up actions, including coordination of publication of proceedings and papers
  • State: preparation for indigenous-led convening of California coastal tribal community leaders on state consultation process in conjunction with Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples (UCI, Fall 2016)
  • Regional: co-coordination of regional tribal community engagement for Sustainability Initiative to ensure identification and meaningful integration of indigenous people, leadership, and issues into the design of UCI’s nascent regional climate resilience collaboration efforts and into preparation for the Headwaters to Oceans Conference (UCI, Spring 2017)
  • Campus: coordination of Sustainability Initiative’s nascent collaboration with UCI American Indian Resource Program to co-develop new student opportunities in indigenous environmental scholarship
  • Community (local to global): Student may also provide logistical and substantive support to the Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples, with specific projects to be determined. In addition, student may work with Sustainability Initiative to co-develop concept and design of emerging project opportunities with EarthRights International.


Applications from UCI graduate students who have advanced to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree are preferred. Awardee must be in good academic standing. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong substantive knowledge and background experience in a wide-range of indigenous environmental and social justice issues. Demonstrated long term commitment to pursuing career in a field related to indigenous environmental issues. Demonstrated experience working in fast-paced, collaborative team settings and meeting deadlines. Demonstrated experience navigating among multiple worldviews and building alignment among multiple competing project priorities.  Spanish language and graphic and web design experience a plus.

Updated Terms

The successful applicant will be a Sustainability Initiative Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) during Academic Year 2016-17 (September 19, 2016-June 16, 2017). The GSR will be expected to contribute on average 10 hours per week during Academic Year 2016-17 and will receive in exchange salary funds of approximately $7,600 plus fees and CA resident tuition. Hours are flexible, though the position requires regular presence at the Sustainability Initiative office on campus. If you are already employed in a different paid position on campus, please be aware that university policy states that graduate students may not work more than 50% of full time for the university during the academic year. Please consult your academic department and/or the Graduate Division if you are not sure of your eligibility status.



Please send your materials to Your materials should include a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a recent writing sample (up to 5 pages in PDF; excerpt acceptable; unpublished work acceptable).
Application deadline has passed.
Please direct questions to Abby Reyes, director, Sustainability Initiative at