Science Writer/Editor (Maryland Sea Grant)
The Science Writer/Editor will work to explain and share findings from scientists, extension agents, and other sources to help advance public understanding and management of Maryland’s natural resources. The successful finalist will join MDSG’s communications staff of 3‐4 professionals and university students who produce print, videos, and web‐based content for the general public and specialized audiences on topics such as ecosystem dynamics, pollution reduction, aquaculture, fisheries management, and climate-change adaptation. Our publications include an award‐winning print magazine, Chesapeake Quarterly (www.chesapeakequarterly.net); science blogs; technical syntheses; highly regarded documentaries; and an extensive online and social media presence.
Foremost, the successful finalist will have published clear and well‐crafted writing, explained complex scientific findings accurately and engagingly for non-scientists, and shown skill at interacting with and gathering information from a variety of people, including scientists, policy makers, industry, and ordinary citizens. Interest in video, podcasts, and other media encouraged.
Specific duties of this position include writing narrative science stories for our various publications, editing text, posting to social media, and contributing ideas for graphics and publication design. The writer will write, edit and/or improve technical content prepared by others for the program’s publications. Products could include fact sheets, grant proposals, web content, program reporting to NOAA, workshop or meeting materials, and the program’s annual report. In addition, the candidate will spend 20% of his or her time creating communications products describing the outreach projects of MDSG’s extension specialists within the University of Maryland Extension program.
Unit Maryland Sea Grant
Location College Park, MD
The position requires at least a bachelor’s degree (science preferred).
We prefer candidates who can demonstrate at least two years’ experience writing about science or the environment through their portfolio. We encourage applicants who have a demonstrated deep interest in science, have completed course work in science writing, and who have demonstrated an interest in narrative journalism.
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Center’s policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, and disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; or related legal requirements should be directed to the Director of Human Relations, Center Administration, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613.
Salary Range The salary is commensurate with experience and is expected in the range of $55-60K.
UMCES, a research institution, is comprised of four laboratories and Maryland Sea Grant, which are located in different regions throughout the state. More about UMCES can be found at www.umces.edu/locations. Maryland Sea Grant (www.mdsg.umd.edu), located in College Park, is a federal-state partnership that supports scientific research, education, and outreach focused on restoring and preserving the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s coastal bays and watershed resources. We serve as a bridge between scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy, and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest and most productive estuary.