Attending a “Constituent Coffee” at Senator Merkley’s (D-OR) office with Dr. Jeff Rubin, Chair of GSA’s Geology and Public Policy Committee.
Attending a “Constituent Coffee” at Senator Murphy’s (D-CT) office with Dr. Suzanne O'Connell, Chair of GSA’s Geology and Society Division.
GSA Science Policy Fellowship
Are you a geoscientist interested in applying your knowledge to inform national policy issues?
Are you passionate about communicating with scientists, policymakers, and the general public?
Are you curious about science policy?
GSA is looking for a motivated, recent geoscience MS or PhD graduate with an interest in public policy, science communication, and outreach to spend a year in DC as the GSA Science Policy Fellow. The “in-house” fellow works with GSA’s Director for Geoscience Policy to bring science and scientists into the policy process. The fellow acts as a science policy liaison, keeping GSA members informed, involved, and represented in national policy, including research funding, energy and natural resource assessments, climate change policy, and natural hazard mitigation and response. The fellow also works closely with GSA’s Geology and Public Policy Committee on geoscience initiatives, including developing society-wide position statements on national issues.
A staffer’s-eye view of a briefing on carbon capture and sequestration in the House Natural Resources Committee room.
Assisting GSA Annual Meeting attendees develop engaging messages about their science at the communications workshop - Tools for Scientists: Substance and Style for Better Science Communications.
Fellow activities include:
- Attend Congressional Hearings and Hill Briefings
- Track geoscience related legislation as it progresses through Congress
- Keep GSA members informed about policy activities through GSA’s newsletter, website, and Connected Community
- Plan, schedule, and run Congressional Visits Days, associated training sessions and other science policy events
- Assist in developing strategic communications to policymakers
- Bridge the communication gap between policymakers and scientists
- Participate in GSA’s Geology and Public Policy Committee activities
The fellow will receive a competitive stipend and healthcare allowance. Funds are also available for fellowship-related travel. The fellowship is up to one year long, with a flexible start date as early as 1 September.
Check back this spring for details on applying.