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Seeking Community Fellow for Oil & Gas Water Fellowship Trio

by stevie | August 06, 2019 16:44 06 Aug 16:44 | #20445 | #20445

Community Fellow

Starting: September 16th

Commitment: roughly 15-20 hours/week (200 hours over approx. 8-12 weeks

Fellowship Stipend: $2,500

Where: Applicants interested in this Fellowship must be embedded (from, living in, or working in) a community with oil & gas industry impacts on water. Preference will be given to applicants from Gulf Coast states, particularly Louisiana.

About Public Lab

Public Lab is a community, supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment.

About the Fellowship

This Fellowship is part of the Oil & Gas Water Fellows Trio and is an opportunity for an individual embedded in a community with oil & gas industry impacts to work with Public Lab on local water quality concerns related to the industry.

The major goals of this Fellowship are:

1.) To work on local water quality monitoring projects related to the impacts of the oil & gas industry,

2.) To document their user experience with current and emerging monitoring tools available at,

3.) To work in collaboration with the Hardware and Monitoring Methods Fellows to draft and compile materials for a "Research Area Review" on water quality monitoring on

You will:

  • Identify and work with a local community group concerned with oil & gas issues on a new or existing water quality monitoring project.
  • Use and explore tools and methods shared on for water monitoring.
  • Create documentation on on your experience using different tools and methods, and provide feedback for how these resources can be used by yourself and others.
  • Host at least two water monitoring events with local community members. (Some event funding support available)
  • Engage the Public Lab community in-person and remote on questions and resources related to tools and methods used in water quality monitoring.
  • Share information about your community's work on water monitoring, including the tools and methods being used.
  • Work with the Hardware and Monitoring Methods Fellows to run a "Research Area Review" for water quality monitoring, including soliciting input from peer groups on the state of water quality monitoring, updating documentation on related to current water quality monitoring methods available through the Public Lab store, seed and help answer questions for others to help answer on water quality monitoring, and organize and participate in an OpenHour interactive seminar on the state of water quality monitoring in relation to Oil & Gas concerns.
  • Join the Public Lab Oil & Gas Slack channel.
  • When possible, attend a weekly Fellows call or check in with weekly project updates.
  • Maintain and adhere to nonprofit policies and procedures, Public Lab values, and the Code of Conduct.

This role may be for you if you are:

  • An exceptional written and oral communicator: You have excellent interpersonal skills - you're a collaborator and a problem-solver who is often praised for your organization and attention to detail.
  • Team oriented: You work collaboratively, both in-person and with remote colleagues, to envision and promote positive change, and to be supportive of others;
  • A helper who includes everyone: You've taught or facilitated workshops and can facilitate activities amongst a highly diverse community of people from many different fields and experiences.
  • A locally minded networker: You engage people on local issues regularly and can talk with people about local environmental concerns, programs, and ideas;
  • An active learner: You take on challenges in learning new skills including technologies, and ways of gathering and sharing information.

This Fellowship will be hosted through Public Lab. Public Lab is committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. We encourage people with different ability sets, people of color, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities to apply.

To Apply

Send a resume and the answers to the questions below in a single document to by August 29th. **Please specify which fellowship you are applying for in the subject line of your email. No phone calls, please.

1.) Why are you interested in this Fellowship? What about working on this issue intrigues you?

2.) Please describe your local community and how it has been affected by the oil & gas industry.

3.) If you have a community group in mind you seek to work with on this Fellowship, please provide some background information on them. If you do not have a community group in mind, please provide information on whom you plan to reach out to and how.

4.) If awarded the Fellowship, what would you hope to learn, and what would you hope to accomplish?


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