We're Hiring! Science Communication Specialist

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Monday, August 19, 2019 - 9:45am

Now Hiring Science Communication Specialist for NH Sea Grant

Not currently accepting additional applications (as of September 12, 2019)

New Hampshire Sea Grant (NHSG) in the University of New Hampshire (UNH)’s School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering seeks a "Communication Information Specialist I" to support our communications program and serve as our Science Communication Specialist.

NHSG’s mission is to promote the wise use, conservation, and sustainable development of marine and coastal resources in the state, region, and beyond. Reporting to NHSG’s Assistant Director for Communications, the Science Communication Specialist will work directly with NHSG’s extension, education, research, and management personnel to support a strategic communications plan for the program. The Specialist will additionally interact with UNH Cooperative Extension and UNH Communications and Public Affairs (CPA) offices, regional and national Sea Grant programs and networks, as well as various environmental, academic, and research groups statewide.

The Science Communication Specialist will develop creative and innovative content in order to maximize the impact and visibility of NHSG-supported activities for diverse target audiences. The Specialist must demonstrate strong written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills and possess a clear understanding of audience identification and engagement. Prior experience with science writing is desired. Interest in photography, videography, graphic design, and/or other media is encouraged.

The Specialist’s primary role will be to engage with staff and researchers on campus, in the field, and aboard research vessels to gather and generate content. Duties include writing narrative science stories for print and digital publications and marketing materials (fact sheets, brochures, posters, articles, blog posts, etc.); integrating images and textual elements in graphic design; creating content for social media posts; contributing to e-newsletters; updating NHSG web pages; and utilizing photography and videography to convey visually engaging stories. Some travel and coverage of evening/weekend events is to be expected.

The application requires a resume/CV, cover letter, and 3 professional references. A review of applications will begin on September 9, 2019.

Duties / Responsibilities

  • Science Writing. Identify, conceptualize, and write narrative science stories and technical content for print and digital publications and marketing materials (fact sheets, brochures, posters, articles, blog posts, web pages, social media, e-newsletters, etc.). Profile the work of staff and researchers on campus, in the field, and aboard research vessels to increase the impact and visibility of NHSG-supported research, extension, and education activities. Edit and proofread content according to style guides. Produce written content in style that is appropriate for intended audiences, factually accurate, and consistent with the NHSG brand and messaging system.
  • Photography and Videography. Using equipment provided, capture photos and videos in various indoor and outdoor settings that convey visually engaging stories. Follow through with photo/video editing and production. Photo and video assets may stand alone, or accompany written narratives and graphic elements for print and digital publication. Provide photo/video coverage of special events, as needed. Contribute to and support the maintenance of a media library of digital assets.
  • Graphic Design. Integrate images and textual elements in graphic design, especially using Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and InDesign). Produce designs in style that is appropriate for intended audiences and consistent with the NHSG brand and messaging system.
  • Website. Assist in the management and maintenance of NHSG’s web pages by regularly updating and refreshing content.
  • Social Media. Contribute to a robust and effective social media presence for NHSG. Act strategically, increase visibility, boost traffic, engage with followers as needed, and track and measure the impact of efforts. Current platforms include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.A./B.S. (minimum) in communications, journalism, marine/environmental science, or related fields.
  • At least one year’s work experience that demonstrates effectiveness in media, journalism, science communication, marketing, public relations, outreach, social media, digital design, and/or other related fields.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at a given time, and to establish and meet deadlines in a productive, accountable manner.
  • Team-oriented, enthusiastic, open-minded, adaptable, and creative individual with experience and passion related to marine science and natural resource management.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience writing science-related content for non-science audiences and the public.
  • Experience reading and summarizing research results, interviewing scientific investigators in indoor and outdoor settings, and translating research findings to the appropriate clientele.
  • Proficiency in one or more of the following: Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop and InDesign), web content-management systems, video and photo editing tools, or social media platforms.
  • Knowledge of proofreading, editing, and appropriate style guides.
  • Awareness of and interest in local and regional coastal, marine, and environmental topics.

To apply, please visit the official job post for details: http://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/33757 (The application period is now closed.)

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The University System seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.