[ES_JOBS_NET] CIRES/NGDC PRA Science Writer, University of Colorado

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu May 1 06:11:05 MDT 2014


CIRES/NGDC PRA Science Writer

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) 
in Boulder, Colorado has an immediate opening for a full-time 
professional research assistant in science writing to contribute to the 
communication of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
(NOAA) and CIRES' missions, research and other activities, with an 
emphasis on work in the Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) and 
National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC).

Responsibilities will include---but may not be limited to---the following:
?  Regularly report and write news and feature stories for many outlets, 
including NOAA line office websites (Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research and National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information 
Service), ESRL and NOAA Boulder websites, CIRES website, and existing 
print/online publications (e.g., Spheres)
?  Coordinate with a broad array of partners to ensure that NOAA Boulder 
and CIRES science reaches diverse audiences (funders, agency leadership, 
media, general public). This will involve identifying high-profile 
stories and writing press releases to share/elevate with NOAA.gov web 
team, NOAA public affairs (news releases), CU-Boulder news team and others.
?  Attend and participate in meetings and activities of the Boulder 
Outreach Coordinating Council
?  Contribute social media blurbs and web stories to existing channels 
(NOAA, NOAA line offices, NESDIS, CIRES, CU-Boulder)
?  Generate and maintain updates to fact sheets
?  Develop and maintain an up-to-date awareness and understanding of the 
major research emphases and activities of CIRES and NOAA scientists in 
ESRL and NGDC, as required to carry out the above major responsibilities

?  Bachelor's degree in science-related field, masters preferred
?  Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
?  At least three years of experience writing about scientific research 
for lay audiences; Earth science research topics preferred
?  Ability to initiate and self-manage projects
?  Ability to work in a team-oriented environment and to work 
collaboratively with scientists and communicators to finalize drafts of 
stories and other materials
?  Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Facebook, 
Twitter, Google
?  Excellent organization and time-management skills

The position will be filled as a Professional Research Assistant in 
CIRES at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and will be eligible for 
employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for 100% position) per 
year).  Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position 
is filled.  The position will be located at both the David Skaggs 
Research Center in Boulder and CIRES on the main University of Colorado 
Boulder campus. For full consideration, please submit your application 
by May 9, however applications will be considered until the position is 

To Apply

Applicants must complete the Faculty/Exempt Professional and EEO Data 
(application) form, and upload the required documents:
1-Complete resume and salary history
2-Cover letter
3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial 
4- All contact information for three references familiar with the 
applicant's professional qualifications for the position
5- Three short writing samples.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to 
building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, 
racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and 
veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request 
for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at 
hr-ada at colorado.edu. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts 
background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.

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