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Science Writer and Digital Specialist (Exempt)

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science unleashes the power of science to transform the way society understands and manages the environment. By conducting cutting-edge research into today’s most pressing environmental problems, we are developing new ideas to help guide our state, nation, and world toward a more environmentally sustainable future through five research centers-the Appalachian Laboratory in Frostburg, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, the Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology in Baltimore, and the Maryland Sea Grant College in College Park. www.umces.edu

Prospective or new employees at UMCES are required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol.  Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any UMCES location.  Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at hr@umces.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Purpose of Position:  The purpose of this position is to support and develop the communications efforts of the Maryland Sea Grant College, including writing and editing reports, multimedia scripts, website content, and other products.

Job duties:

50%: Writing and Editing

Writing and editing content for the diverse audiences of Maryland Sea Grant (MDSG). The writer will produce and contribute to high-caliber, informative, engaging content understandable to nonscientists with an interest in estuary and coastal science. These editorial products will include online content, the program’s biennial report, social media posts, and our magazine Chesapeake Quarterly.

The writer/editor will report and write on a range of topics, including research, education, and extension activities. The 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.

Other topics to be covered include (but are not limited to) fisheries, aquaculture, seafood safety, ecosystem dynamics, and coastal resilience. The writer/editor will work collaboratively with the MDSG communications team to develop products. The writer will also occasionally take photographs and video to supplement stories and for use in social media content.

10%: Social Media

The writer/editor will help manage MDSG’s social media platforms, which include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, by writing and scheduling posts, responding to follower comments/questions, planning campaigns around MDSG products and events, and tracking engagement.

20%: Technical Writing & Editing

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, and workshop/meeting materials.

10%: Communications Outreach

The position will develop and maintain contacts and serve as a staff liaison between Maryland Sea Grant, UMD Extension communicators, and a network of Maryland and regional science reporters, agency communications groups, and NOAA and NSGO communicators for sharing and developing stories and content.

10%: Special and unplanned projects and requests as necessary.

Of the writer/editor’s total writing and technical reporting time, they will focus 20% on producing content about extension activities and will serve as a liaison to Sea Grant’s extension staff members in developing this content.

Minimum Qualifications:  The position requires at least a bachelor’s degree (science preferred).

Additional information: Our job descriptions are general overviews, not a mandatory comprehensive list. If you feel passionate about our efforts and believe that you have the skills to contribute to the growth of our organization, we want to hear from you! We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply and allow us to evaluate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that you demonstrate using an intentional equity lens. We aim to create and sustain a workforce that reflects the communities we strive to serve and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply to join our team!

Stipend and Benefits: Salary will be in the range of the $50-60K commensurate with experience.


Diversity Statement

Maryland Sea Grant champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining, and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving the diverse populations of coastal communities. Sea Grant is committed to building inclusive research, extension, communication, and education programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking. We encourage applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, citizenship types, marital statuses, veteran status types, and income, and socioeconomic status types to apply for this opportunity. Learn more about our mission here.

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