Climate & Water Specialist

at Cadmus in Springfield, Illinois, United States

Job Description


What You’ll Be Doing

This position will support domestic and international climate resilience with a strong emphasis on the water sector by providing technical assistance and managing tasks across multiple contracts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Agency for International Development, and other clients. The selected candidate will deliver high-quality products and services to clients in the areas of resilience, climate risk management, climate adaptation, water and climate modeling, water security, and water resources management.

This position requires previous professional experience with climate resilience, ideally with a specific focus on the water sector. This includes conducting research on and assessing climate impacts, risks, and vulnerabilities; identifying and implementing climate resilience strategies and solutions; integrating climate resilience into policies and procedures; and developing tools and models in support of climate resilience and resilience in drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater management. The selected candidate will apply their knowledge, skills, and experience with climate and water resilience research, tools, and data to plan and complete activities that include research, data analysis, climate risk evaluation, technical document drafting, and preparing educational, training, or outreach materials.

The position will regularly interact with clients and external federal, state, and local entities to understand their challenges, discuss solutions, present methods and results, and gather feedback. The position will also include project management responsibilities, such as tracking schedules, progress, and budgets, and coordinating support staff.

This position can be based out of Cadmus’ offices in Arlington, VA; Bethesda, MD; Boston, MA; Waltham, MA; or Madison, WI. A fully remote position may be considered depending on candidate qualifications.

Who We Are

At Cadmus, we recognize that solving the world’s most challenging problems can’t be accomplished alone or with cookie-cutter solutions. That’s why we look for team players and problem solvers who are driven to use their unique perspectives and intellectual curiosity to help deliver breakthrough solutions that achieve transformative goals. On the Cadmus team, you’ll collaborate with leading experts to help our clients across the globe.

Cadmus’ mission is to deploy industry-leading expertise to help our clients achieve extraordinary results that strengthen society and the natural world. We offer competitive compensation, outstanding health care and retirement benefits, a vibrant and collaborative work environment, and opportunities for professional growth. We are committed to advancing diversity, fostering a culture of equity in the workplace and society, and maintaining an accessible and inclusive environment where all employees feel connected, respected, and valued.

Join Cadmus. Let’s solve the world’s most challenging problems together.


+ Lead research on domestic and international climate resilience across all sectors, but with a strong emphasis on the water sector. Prepare written summaries and reports, and present findings to clients.

+ Support development of models and tools to improve climate resilience at utility, project, municipal, and national levels.

+ Provide technical assistance to clients to conduct climate vulnerability and risk assessments and integrate climate considerations into planning, policy, and operations.

+ Prepare and present webinars and trainings for external audiences on climate resilience topics.

+ Provide project management, such as planning project schedules, coordinating support staff activities, tracking progress toward meeting milestones, and tracking budget expenditures.

+ Perform quality control activities by reviewing draft deliverables to verify technical accuracy and ensure that client needs and contract requirements are satisfied.

+ Provide technical contributions to proposals as part of business development activities.


Required Qualifications:

+ Bachelor’s degree in climate/water science, climate/water policy, water resources management, engineering, economics or a related discipline.

+ At least 8-10 years of relevant professional experience in a consulting, government agency, or academic position. A Master’s degree may substitute for 2 years of professional experience.

+ Experience with interpreting climate data and assessing climate impacts with application to the water sector.

+ Experience with integrating climate into plans, policies, or operations water

+ Excellent oral communication skills and experience presenting to large groups.

+ Experience leading research projects, ideally including directing and coordinating support staff.

+ Strong organizational skills with exceptional attention to detail.

+ Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with an ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.

+ Preference given to candidates with experience working with EPA or USAID or supporting climate resilience in an international development context.

+ Candidates must be eligible to obtain a Public Trust Clearance / Security Clearance – requires US Citizenship.

Additional Information:

Based on eligibility and job status, Cadmus offers an excellent benefits package to include: medical, dental, vision, company paid disability and life insurance, 401(k) program, paid time off (PTO), paid holidays, voluntary time off (VTO), tuition reimbursement, adoption assistance program, other optional benefits and various bonus programs.

The minimum starting salary for this position is $85,000. The actual salary may be higher and will be determined by several factors, including relevant work experience, education, skills, and market competitiveness.

We value the critical role safety and health protocols contribute to everyone’s success at Cadmus, and work together to align and comply with all federal, state, and local safety and health mandates related to COVID to ensure a safe and valuable work environment.

Cadmus is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination. Cadmus is committed to providing a respectful workplace where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation (including gender identity and/or expression), national origin, military and veteran status, physical and mental disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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Posted Date 2 months ago (4/24/2024 4:12 PM)

Job ID 2024-2720

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Posted On: Apr 27, 2024

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