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GSA Science Communication Fellowship

Geological Society of America 
April 2017

Application Deadline: 15 May 2017
Term of Employment: 1 July 2017 – 30 April 2018 (10 months, part-time)

Location: The Geological Society of America (GSA) is headquartered in Boulder, CO, but our Fellow may work remotely from any U.S. location.  (No relocation assistance is available.)  Work will be conducted primarily via telephone and computer, with travel to Seattle, Washington, for our annual conference, 21-25 Oct. 2017, required.

Pay: The Fellow will receive $8,000 in compensation plus paid travel to Seattle (expenses and accommodations) as noted above.

Description: This position is intended for science writers aspiring to increase their knowledge and skill for communicating geoscience and its value to society.  The fellowship is an opportunity for an early career professional or recent graduate to gain experience and professional contacts working for a well-established and respected science organization.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop a minimum of 13 press releases throughout the Fellowship term: 

  • Ten selected from the Society’s top-rated, peer-reviewed geoscience journals, in concert with GSA staff and science editors and
  • Three from abstracts submitted by scientists to the extensive technical program for the GSA Annual Meeting, working in concert with GSA communications and member leaders.

Earth science research topics may include environmental/natural hazards, climate change, planetary exploration, resources (energy, water, mineral), paleontological discoveries, and much more.

Candidates should understand how to interview authors to capture the significance of their work for non-scientific audiences, and translate technical research papers into well-developed and compelling press releases for general media outlets with lay readership. 

In Seattle, the Fellow will help staff the onsite Newsroom, assist members of the media covering the meeting, pitch stories to local and national media outlets, mentor student interns considering a non-traditional science career in science communication, and otherwise help to enlarge the visibility of GSA science and the media footprint of the meeting.

  • Must have access to a reliable computer, internet connection, and basic Microsoft Office software.
  • Must possess excellent copywriting skills, grammar, and vocabulary, to develop and edit content.
  • Must exercise mature judgement and discretion in dealing with people and sensitive issues.
  • Detail oriented with ability to fact-check, follow-up as necessary.
  • Effective organizational skills; ability to multi-task and function well under occasional time-pressures.
  • Must be comfortable contacting authors and media outlets, making introductions, and networking.
  • Grasp of commonly-used geoscience concepts, terminology, practices, procedures, and issues are preferred.
  • Skills in social media communications and html (for web site updates) are desirable.

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:
Communications@geosociety.org (Subject line: ATTN Fellowship). 

Interviews will be conducted by phone or video conference after the application period closes and a hiring decision should be made by 1 July 2017.