July 2013
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[Met-jobs] Climate Change Communications Position at the University of Washington-Seattle (USA) [Revised]

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Fri, 19 Jul 2013 12:23:07 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...

Department: College of the Environment
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Closing Info: Open Until Filled
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Notes: As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life
programs. For detailed information on benefits for this position, see:

The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation’s
premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most
important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education,
research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding
benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment
noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement,
artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

The College of the Environment has an outstanding opportunity for a

The College of the Environment has an opportunity for a part time
communications specialist and science writer (75 to 100% time). This
person will support the communications activities of the Northwest
Climate Science Center (NW CSC). The NW CSC was established by the
Department of the Interior in 2010 to address the challenges of climate
change in the northwestern United States The NW CSC is one of eight
regional climate science centers and is a federally led research
collaboration hosted by three primary universities: Oregon State
University, the University of Idaho, and the University of Washington.
Research at the NW CSC provides objective scientific information and
tools that Northwest managers of land, water, wildlife, and cultural
resources can use to anticipate, monitor, and adapt to climate change.

This position will be supervised by UW director of the NW CSC. Working
with other staff at the NW CSC, the incumbent will have primary
responsibility to implement the center’s communications strategy, which
has two overarching goals:

1. Facilitate development and dissemination of Northwest climate-related
science, information, and tools to support management of natural and
cultural resources under changing climate conditions; and

2. Increase access to and understanding of Northwest climate-related
science and data.
Refer to the NW CSC Communications Strategy for more details:

To support these goals, the communications specialist will work on a
broad range of documents about climate change research projects
supported by the center and participate in or manage the reporting,
writing, editing, designing, and dissemination of web pages, brochures,
project profiles, internal and external newsletters, and related
materials. The target audiences are scientists; resource managers;
legislators, policy makers, and administrators; and the general public.

The position is part time (at least 75%, with benefits) with flexible
hours and working location.

Job Duties:
• Implement the Communications agenda of the NW CSC in conjunction with
regional partners.
• Research, write, edit, and publish web articles about NW CSC.
• Write synthesis reports based on published papers.
• Finalize and post web content to keep online information up-to-date.
• Develop materials for public presentations.
• Work with others to proofread and edit documents for sense, clarity,
accuracy, and effectiveness.
• Evaluate communications program effectiveness.

• Bachelor’s degree and 3 years experience, master’s and 1 year preferred.
• Demonstrated familiarity with climate change science, issues, and
• Excellent writing and editing skills (provide portfolio examples).
• One to three years experience working in science writing and/or
• Project coordination experience, with proven attention to detail.
• Experience with web content management systems (e.g. Wordpress) and
standard office software (e.g. Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, or equivalent).

Equivalent education/experience may substitute for minimum requirements.

• Experience in oral communications and public speaking.
• Basic knowledge of web design software and layout, e.g. Dreamweaver.

Condition of Employment:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory
results from a criminal background check.

Application Process:
Part of the application process for this position includes the
Employment Eligibility Assessment to obtain additional information that
will be used in the evaluation process. If you haven’t already taken
this assessment, it will appear on your screen for you to complete as
soon as you select "Apply to this Position" on this job announcement.
Once you begin the assessment, it must be completed at that time. If you
select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take
when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be
reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until the
assessment is complete.

Apply for this job:
Send resume and cover letter to Prof. Eric Salathé, University of
Washington, <>

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship &
sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer. To request disability accommodation in the application
process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 /
206-543-6452 (tty) or

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