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Prescribed Fire and Cultural Burning Fellowship: Karuk Tribe and Stanford Climate and Energy Policy Program partnership

Sponsored by:
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: Climate and Energy Policy Program

Open to Stanford students:
Freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students

Opportunity type:
Research, public policy, Tribal policy

The Climate and Energy Policy Program (CEPP) is offering two fellowships enabling undergraduate students to work on environmental and Tribal policy issues. The fellows will work closely with the Karuk Tribe, a federally recognized Native American Tribe located in California, and CEPP, a hub for interdisciplinary research on environmental and sustainability policy issues, to advance key environmental and Tribal policy interests critical to both partners. These fellowships will offer undergraduates an exciting opportunity to gain research experience into current environmental and Tribal policy issues at both a state and federal government level and the ability to engage in and influence policy development.

Fellows will assist the Karuk Tribe Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy in managing the Tribe’s involvement in policy development with various collaborating partners, including in the Director’s participation on the federal Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission. The Fellows’ primary responsibilities will be to support the Director in an array of projects related to the Commission and to serve as the conduit between the Tribe and the Director of CEPP.


  • Compiling, organizing, and maintaining data, research, and publications relating to law and policy relevant to collaborations with Tribal partners
  • Maintaining and organizing databases housing collaborative work between the Tribe and external partners
  • Facilitating conversations between the Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and external partners, coordinating meetings, and drafting meeting notes
  • Assisting the Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy with prioritizing engagement strategies and activities with external partners, and tracking outcomes
  • Reporting regularly to Stanford’s Director of Climate and Energy Policy Program on matters of importance to the Karuk Tribe’s Department of Natural Resources
  • Working with the team from Stanford’s Climate and Energy Policy Program to identify opportunities for policy collaboration between the Tribe and key Stanford partners


  • Strong academic credentials, including strong research and writing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Meticulous organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work independently
  • Sound judgment and exceptional ethical standards in serving as a trusted source for policy engagement
  • A committed interest in justice-oriented environmental policy relating to Tribal sovereignty, including issues related to the promotion of prescribed fire and cultural burning as important wildfire mitigation tools
  • A commitment to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace

Eligibility and requirements:

This opportunity is open to Stanford undergraduate students. These positions will extend through the 2023 spring quarter and have a possibility of extension through the summer of 2023 on a part-time or full-time basis. The positions will require 15 hours of work each week during the spring quarter, with hourly compensation of $20.50.

These positions are fully remote. Fellows will work closely with the Karuk Tribe Director of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and will report weekly to a supervisory team in CEPP.

Interested applicants should submit the following materials:

  • A resume
  • A cover letter detailing interest in the position and relevant experience
  • A writing sample of no more than 10 pages
  • An academic transcript
  • A list of three references

Applicants should apply by sending their documents in one e-mail to as soon as possible and will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Applicants must be available to start as soon as possible and no later than January 9, 2023.