Pennsylvania Sea Grant One Year Fellowship (Science Communications)

Penn State University

Harrisburg, PA, USA 🇺🇸


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Pennsylvania Sea Grant is excited to offer a one-year science communications fellowship. The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated and creative individual seeking an early career opportunity.

Pennsylvania Sea Grant, a partnership of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Penn State University, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is dedicated to promoting the ecological and economic sustainability of Pennsylvania’s coastal resources through the development of science-based research, education, and extension programs. Pennsylvania Sea Grant is part of a national network of 34 Sea Grant College Programs.

Due to state and federal COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, candidate must be able to work remotely and independently. However, presence at Pennsylvania Sea Grant office will be necessary when appropriate. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship

The staff of Pennsylvania Sea Grant value diversity, equity, and inclusion in both our organization and the communities we serve. We strive to make access to research, outreach, education, and employment opportunities available to everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, place of origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, disability, or veteran status.

The purpose of this fellowship is to contribute to a diverse ocean and Great Lakes workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment and prepare students for careers in marine, Great Lakes, and watershed science, policy, management, and outreach.


Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks a one-year science communications fellow who is passionate about science and eager to utilize communications skills to ‘make sense of science’ for key audiences by assisting in the creation of written and social media content, video production, and other communications related resources.

The communications fellow will work with the Pennsylvania communications lead to develop written content and video and audio stories for online, social, electronic, and other audiences. Specific projects may include developing project-specific communications plans, identifying story topics, writing content, conducting interviews, producing stories (written, video, and audio), and developing other communications tools.

In addition to working with the communications lead, the fellow will work with Pennsylvania Sea Grant outreach staff to promote programs and events online and via social media.

Due to current virtual requirements, it is important that the communications fellow be able to work independently, be comfortable taking initiative yet understanding of internal checks and process, and possess strong interpersonal, written, and electronic communications skills. 

Please review the Pennsylvania Sea Grant website and social media platforms before applying and include your skill set, experience, and area of interest in your cover letter.

Occasional weekend and evening hours are anticipated. This position may require local travel, and overnight travel for statewide meetings and conferences. Occasional travel throughout the U.S. for regional and national meetings and conferences may also be expected. Other related duties as assigned or requested, and the program reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire. Start date: As soon as possible, but flexible into June 2022 pending graduation dates. 


This position typically requires a bachelor’s degree or higher plus 1 year of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

1) Bachelor’s degree in communications, science communications, or related field.  Interest and coursework in science communications, social media and website content development, storytelling, reporting, interviewing, writing, photography, and video production. 

2) Strong writing and organizational skills. The ability to work independently, communicate effectively to individuals and larger groups and to accurately synthesize and deliver information is preferred. (Virtual) communication and engagement with various Pennsylvania stakeholders is expected.

To Apply: 

Pennsylvania Sea Grant is administered by the Pennsylvania State University, as such Sea Grant employees are considered staff of the University and are subject to University guidelines and requirements.  

Submit a cover letter and two-page resume to apply.  Please include information in your cover letter about the skills and experiences you bring to the position, why you are interested in marine/Great Lakes/watershed science communications, and how you think this fellowship would help you professionally.  All application materials should be uploaded at the same time at the time of application.  Please contact Kelly Donaldson, Pennsylvania Sea Grant Communications Lead ([email protected]) with questions about the position.    

This position will require successful completion of standard background checks.  

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