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NASA GSFC Office of Education is currently recruiting in-service High School STEM educators to participate in the NASA Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) program located at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City.

Updated on August 27, 2018 - 8:34 PM CDT
Posted on August 14, 2018 - 3:57 PM CDT

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Program Description: The NASA Climate Change Research Initiative – CCRI is a year long STEM engagement opportunity for STEM educators to work directly with NASA scientists, lead research teams and develop STEM curriculum for their current classes. Educators participating in this opportunity will become associate researchers at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) and STEM education experts whom will integrate NASA education resources and content into their classroom while improving STEM education within their community. 

During the fall and spring term of CCRI the research team will consist of NASA Principal Investigators whom will lead graduate level interns and high school educators to become immersed in a NASA science research area of study related to climate change. During the spring semester the graduate level intern and high school educator will continue to perform NASA research. Additionally, the high school STEM educator will develop an Applied Research STEM Curriculum Unit Portfolio, which will integrate components of their research into a comprehensive unit plan that utilizes NASA education resources while aligning instruction of NASA Science and STEM curriculum to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. The teacher will then implement the STEM curriculum into their classrooms and also provide community outreach STEM engagement events related to their NASA research study. The fall and spring term will not conflict with the educators’ primary schedule, roles or responsibilities at their school site.

During the summer session the primary research team will add an undergraduate intern and high school intern to the CCRI research team where the STEM educator will lead and work collaboratively on a full time basis to complete the research project, create a power point presentation and a scientific poster that will be presented at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and other regional symposiums. The final symposium may haveparticipants from other government agencies, such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Department of Education (USDE) and the United States Department of Defense (DoD) and many others.

Annual Stipend amount:$7,650.00

Application Deadline:September 19th, 2018

Applications are considered upon receipt. 

Research Opportunities:

  1. Earth Observation Applications for Resiliency: Assessing Climate Change Impacts in Urban, Agricultural, and Natural Environments
    Duty Location:
    NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
    Dr. Christian Braneon
  2. Climate Change in the Hudson Estuary – Past, Present, and Future 
    Duty Location:
    NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Lamont & Doherty Earth Observatory
    Dr. Dorothy Peteet
  3. Urban Climate Adaptation Research: New Technologies, Materials & Thinking 
    Duty Location:
    NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
    Dr. Stuart Gaffin
  4. Understanding And Improving The Drivers Of Natural Climate Variability
    Duty Location:
    NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies 
    Dr. Allegra Legrande

Time Commitment:


October 8th – December 14th

5 hours per week for 10  weeks (50 hours)


February 6th – April 7th

5 hours per week for 10  weeks (50 hours)


July 1st - August 12th

40 hours per week for 6 weeks (240 hours)

Submit Applications:To apply for this position, please submit the following materials in your application to Matthew Pearce at:

  • Applicant Information Sheet
  • Resume including cover letter and curriculum vitae. (Rank in order of preference the opportunities you would to apply to if more than one)
  • Two letters of recommendation from supervisor. (Superintendent, Principal, Assistant Principal, Department Chair)

All applicants must be currently employed as full time in service credentialed STEM educators and also be US citizens in order to participate in this opportunity. Applicants should reside within a 50-mile radius from the Goddard Institute for Space Studies located at 2880 Broadway, NY, NY 10025

Please contact Matthew Pearce immediately if you are interested in applying to this opportunity, have any questions or need assistance in submitting and application.

Matthew Pearce
Education Program Specialist
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies-GISS
2880 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
646-419-0144 (c) | 212-678-6038 (o)