Earth & Climate Writer via Idealist

Society for Science & the Public

Washington, DC, US


Earth & Climate writer, Science News

Science News seeks an experienced journalist to cover the earth sciences, with a special emphasis on climate change. This writer will have a deep interest in the history of our planet, from its formation through billions of years of ups and downs, relative calm and cyclical upheaval. By covering the latest advances in our knowledge of earth, this writer will help us understand the current and future state of our planet. The beat will also include the science behind earthquakes, volcanism, extreme weather, atmospheric and oceanic circulation, melting glaciers and rising sea levels. Special emphasis will be placed on unanswered questions, societal implications and innovative ideas for mitigating or adapting to climate change.

Our earth and climate writer will produce breaking news stories, synthesis pieces and long-form features for the Web and print magazine. The ideal candidate will be positioned to use the latest tools in data visualization to convey information in novel ways, and to experiment with digital storytelling to take audiences into the field.

Responsibilities for Science News writer positions include:

  • Identify and pitch stories on the latest advances in your subject area.
  • Track findings reported in major research journals.
  • Attend and cover scientific meetings.
  • Identify trends stories and enterprise ideas that other news outlets aren’t covering.
  • Develop a network of sources in academia and industry.
  • Tell stories across multiple platforms.
  • Establish yourself as a recognized expert in your subject area.

All applicants should have three or more years of newswriting experience, including the ability to write clearly and concisely on deadline, and should have a strong education/proven interest and understanding in a relevant scientific field.

About Science News

Science News has been published since 1922. The daily website at and biweekly print magazine cover important and emerging research in all fields of science. It publishes concise, accurate, timely articles that appeal to both general readers and scientists, reaching more than 120,000 subscribers and more than 1 million readers each month. Through the Science News in High Schools program, the magazine now reaches more than 4,000 public high schools around the country.

About Society for Science & the Public

Science News is published by Society for Science & the Public, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the public engagement in scientific research and education. Our vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire.

The Society is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Society for Science & the Public is committed to equal employment opportunity. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, the Society does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis, including but not limited to: veteran status, race, color, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identify or expression, ancestry, national origin, disability, personal appearance, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, age and/or any other categories protected by the laws of the United States or the District of Columbia.

How To Apply

To apply and be considered as an applicant send a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Elizabeth Quill at [email protected]. Please include the name of the position in the subject line. We are accepting applications through May 15, 2017.


The Society offers a comprehensive medical plan that includes vision and pharmacy benefits. Flexible Health Spending account for employees to participate. Dental benefits with a buy-in orthodontic membership. Employer paid Short-term disability, Long-term disability, Life Insurance and Employee Assistance Program. Paid Time Off with generous accrual first year of employment. 403(b)retirement plan with generous employer contribution. Tuition and gym reimbursement benefits. Monthly employee birthday celebrations with cake. Quarterly employee happy hours.