Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG) is hiring a science writer & digital specialist to support and develop the communications efforts of the program, including writing and editing reports, multimedia scripts, website content, and other products. The position will write and edit content for a wide range of products focused on estuary and coastal science, including online content, the program’s biennial report, social media posts, and our magazine Chesapeake Quarterly. They will also help manage MDSG’s social media platforms, which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
The writer/digital specialist will report and write on topics that focus on research, education, and outreach to help advance public understanding and management of Maryland’s natural resources. Other topics to be covered include (but are not limited to) fisheries, aquaculture, seafood safety, ecosystem dynamics, and coastal resilience. The writer/digital specialist will work collaboratively with the MDSG communications team to develop products and will also occasionally take photographs and video to supplement stories and for use in social media content.
The position will develop and maintain contacts and serve as a staff liaison between Maryland Sea Grant, University of Maryland Extension communicators, and a network of Maryland and regional science reporters, agency communications groups, and NOAA and National Sea Grant Office communicators for sharing and developing stories and content. It is based in College Park, Maryland.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree (science preferred), and should demonstrate at least two years’ experience writing about science or the environment through clips. 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.
Compensation: Salary will be in the range of $50-60,000, commensurate with experience, with benefits.
Application review starts May 2