Science Writer and Content Creator, Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC)

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 4/16/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC)
Position/Title/Fund: Science Writer and Content Creator
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Hybrid from Fairbanks, Alaska
Deadline: April 21, 2024
Description:

As a Science Writer/Content Creator at the Alaska Climate Adaptation Science Center (AK CASC), you'll play a vital role in ensuring that climate science actively contributes to Alaskans efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change. Every day you will work with teams of researchers, coordinators, technicians, community partners, and other communications professionals to interpret scientific findings and creatively tell compelling and interesting stories about climate change for a variety of audiences.

In this role, you’ll craft engaging stories about climate change science and adaptation efforts for both internal and external audiences. From feature articles to project profiles, you'll weave compelling narratives that resonate across various platforms like print, websites, and social media.

Responsibilities:

Your responsibilities will include communicating with and building relationships with media outlets and other partners to amplify our climate-related stories. Additionally, you’ll use graphic design tools (such as Adobe Creative Suite, Canva) to add visual appeal to our content.

You'll work under the supervision of the AK CASC Senior Communication Strategist, Dr. Kristin Timm, will have support and guidance from the AK CASC communication and engagement team, and will collaborate closely with the team to maintain quality and accuracy.

To succeed in this role, candidates should possess at least two years of experience, or a combination of education and experience, effectively conveying scientific or technical subjects to multiple diverse audiences, and a demonstrated ability to write and edit for non-scientific audiences. The ideal candidate will be organized, detail-oriented, possess strong interpersonal communication skills, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment. Candidates must be proficient with Microsoft Office suite, Google Drive, and the Adobe Creative Suite and/or Canva. Successful candidates should be comfortable working with scientists and familiar with Alaska and climate science or have a strong desire to learn. This position offers an exciting opportunity for a self-motivated and creative candidate to make meaningful contributions to climate change adaptation work in Alaska.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, journalism, communications or related field and two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of training and experience. To succeed in this role, candidates should possess at least two years of experience, or a combination of education and experience, effectively conveying scientific or technical subjects to multiple diverse audiences, and a demonstrated ability to write and edit for non-scientific audiences.
  • Experience with basic graphic design, branding, visualization, and/or other visual methods of communication.
  • Experience with science writing, media inquiries, writing press releases, and/or working with journalists.
  • Experience communicating scientific topics with audiences outside the research community.
  • A valid Alaska Driver's license, or the ability to obtain one upon hire, and clean driving record in compliance with UA Safe Driving Criteria is required.
How to Apply:

Apply online. With your application, please include a cover letter, resume, writing samples, and the names of three professional references (emails and phone numbers.)

Applications will be accepted for review on 4/21/2024, to ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55 PM, Alaska Standard Time on 4/22/2024.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.