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Science Outreach Intern, Ecological Society of America

by Grace L. Schumaker on November 3, 2017
Ecological Society of America
1990 M Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036

Title:                  Science Outreach Intern

Department:             Office of Science Programs

Supervisor:             Director, Office of Science Programs

Classification:         Part-time, Temporary, Non-Exempt

About ESA:

The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world¹s
largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of
ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life
on Earth. The 9,000 member Society publishes five journals and a
membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through
policy, media outreach, and education initiatives. The Society¹s Annual
Meeting attracts 4,000 attendees and features the most recent advances
in ecological science.

About ESA¹s Office of Science Programs:

The ESA Science Office envisions an ecological science that effectively
meets the challenges of a changing world. We connect the research and
management communities, support the use of science to inform decision
making, and build capacity among scientists.

Purpose & Responsibilities:

ESA seeks an energetic recent graduate or graduate student with strong
communication and organizational skills to 1) help enhance our
communication and outreach endeavors, and 2) to help manage special ESA
meetings, workshops, and training events. A basic background in and
appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is

The science outreach intern will work with Cliff Duke, Science Programs
Director, and Jill Parsons, Science Programs Manager, to create outreach
materials and strategies that will enhance our existing programs (such
as our Sustaining Biological Infrastructure Training Initiative). The
intern will also assist with logistical arrangements and communications
for events that will bring scientists together on a wide range of
topics, such as the sustainability of scientific data repositories.
Additional duties may include taking notes, webpage upkeep, and tracking
budget information. There may be opportunities to network with important
scientists in a wide range of disciplines and contribute to important
workshop reports.

Specific Activities for the Science Outreach Intern:

Outreach and marketing: create and refine outreach materials for Science
Office programs; this will include email campaigns, flyers, website
updates, liaising with ESA¹s Public Affairs office regarding social
media updates, and creating/editing videos.

Communications and writing: contribute to workshop and meeting reports
and presentations; liaise with workshop and meeting participants as

Organization and planning: manage onsite logistical details for events,
including a/v, room setup, printed materials, timekeeping, and taking
effective notes.

Data entry: act as the point of contact for travel reimbursements;
monitor and report on travel budgets.


Graduate student or recent graduate with a strong background in
communications and/or marketing

Experience and interest in ecological, biological, and/or environmental
sciences and research

Strong organizational and prioritization skills

Familiar with WordPress; basic HTML skills a plus

Familiar with Microsoft Publisher a plus

Willing to perform data-entry and other basic tasks

Willing to learn as needed and follow directions

Must enjoy working effectively as part of a team

Ability to maintain confidentiality

Hours are flexible, but you must be available to work a regular schedule
of 8-16 hours per week in ESA¹s downtown Washington, DC office during
business hours (8am-6pm; M-F)

This is a paid, part-time internship based in ESA¹s downtown Washington,
DC office, with occasional travel to events in the greater DC area. The
position is funded from December 1 – May 31, 2018 and pays $15 per hour.
Please email a cover letter, and resume to Jill Parsons,
Please put ³Science Outreach Intern² in the subject line. Applications
are due Friday, November 3rd. The position is open until filled.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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