Science Communication Fellow

Seward, Alaska
Oct 04, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
Job Level
Entry level
Employment Type
Salary Type

Science Communication Fellow

Start date 1/2/19, end date 4/30/19


Position requirements: 75% of time per week will be spent in this department and 25% of time per week supporting the Interpretation department.

The successful candidate will join the Science Department as part of Dr. Horning and Dr. Bishop’s research teams and work collaboratively with the Education Department.

Our research group currently focuses on topics including Steller sea lion reproduction and survival, pinniped and shark movement ecology, telemetry tag development, and animal behavior. The fellow will work with the research team to develop outreach, communication, and educational programming materials that relate to work we are conducting; specifically on walrus prey availability and the use of environmental DNA as a survey tool. Primarily, we are interested in developing a series of videos, blog posts, and/or infographics—depending on the fellow’s interests, skills, and professional development goals—that will be used to communicate the importance of our research, conservation goals, and to engage and inspire the public. The fellow will also work collaboratively with the Education Department to develop a hands-on activity for 5th-12th graders that incorporates technology, ecology, fieldwork, and walrus conservation.

During their fellowship, applicants will be part of an active research group, and learn about various survey techniques used to study the benthic habitat, walrus conservation, and Arctic connectivity. She/he will gain experience using various software platforms to enhance effective science communication, and will hone their science writing, education, and media skills. The fellow(s) will further develop creativity, organization, communication, and data management skills.