Communication Assistant/Science Writer

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
PO Box AB 2801 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook, NY 12545
United States

Experience Required
Degree Required
From $44,500 To $54,500
Per Year    
Employment Type

Job Description
Seeking a Communications Assistant/Science Writer to join the Communications Program of one of the nation’s leading nonprofit ecological research institutes.

At Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, our scientists investigate the complex interactions that govern the natural world and the impacts of climate change on ecosystems. Their findings lead to more effective resource management, policy actions, and environmental literacy. Cary staff are global experts in the ecology of: cities, disease, forests, and freshwater.

This position comes at an exciting time as we are expanding our scientific staff. It is an opportunity to join a vibrant and growing organization that is committed to scientific excellence and the power of ecosystem science to make the world a better place.

The ideal candidate will be a creative storyteller with experience translating complex scientific issues in a way that resonates with diverse audiences, with a focus on media and the public.

Primary job duties:

● Draft press releases (often for peer-reviewed journal articles)

● Assist with press release promotion, including building media lists, networking with reporters, and tracking press uptake via media monitoring software

● Create engaging content for Cary’s website, newsletters (print and digital), and social media feeds, with an eye toward SEO and engagement

● Help network public-facing Cary events

● As time allows, help other departments with writing/editing needs

Required skills:

● Relevant bachelor’s degree with some coursework in the environmental sciences; master’s preferred

● Experience communicating science

● Excellent writing and editing skills

● An eye for detail, and the ability to execute and track multiple projects simultaneously

● Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Google Docs/Sheets, Excel, Canva, InDesign, Photoshop, Meltwater, and web editing via a CMS is desirable; training can be provided

This is a salaried, exempt, benefitted, full time position of 35 weekly hours. The salary range is $44,500 to $54,500. The Institute is based in Millbrook, NY; there is an option for some remote work. Part-time employment is possible for the right candidate. The Communications Assistant/Science Writer reports to the Communications Director, and will be expected to work closely with scientific staff.

The ability to spend time at the Institute is important, particularly in the first year of the position. Flexibility to work some evenings or weekends required (typically only 1x a month). Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment.

Accepting applications through March 31, or until the position is filled. To apply, complete our online job application at: Include a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and the names and contact information of three professional references in one document.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Affirmative Action (AA) employer. It is the policy of the Institute to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, familial status, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information or any other protected class.

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Patricia Jones
PO Box AB 2801 Sharon Turnpike
Millbrook NY 12545
United States

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