Natural Resources Communications Specialist

In a collaboration between the University of Florida, Mississippi State University, Purdue University, and Iowa State University, we recently received funding to develop a new platform of extension programming to leverage new technologies and reach a broader and more diverse group of stakeholders. The model will focus on science communication through podcasting and social media (see Deer University and the MSU Deer Lab social media for an established example). As part of that objective, we are seeking a highly motivated individual to join the UF D.E.E.R. lab in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. The individual will be primarily responsible (90% of appointment) for managing a podcast network and social media platforms and developing related online science communication materials in close collaboration with the partner institutions. Those duties will include recording, editing, and production of at least 5 podcasts within the network and development of social media content, extension documents, news and magazine articles, and peer-reviewed publications focused on science communication. The secondary duties of the position include overseeing ongoing research projects, coordinating data collection, database maintenance, statistical analysis of data, and development of the above-mentioned materials in all areas of science communication from data collected. The position may require extensive travel and collection of media content and data in harsh environmental conditions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Either a B.Sc. degree in a Natural Resources related discipline with a demonstrated capacity for science communication or a B.Sc. in a Communications related discipline with a demonstrated passion for conservation of natural resources and 2 years of relevant experience. An advanced degree in a related discipline will be considered as relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Advanced degree in one of the above-mentioned areas. Extensive experience with podcasting, podcast production, UAVs, photography, audio and video editing, and science communication through social media. Experience with agriculture and natural resource activities. Evidence of effective science communication through peer-reviewed publications, extension documents, podcasts, and social media. A background in the outdoors, particularly with hunting and fishing and experience with fire ecology is desirable.

Compensation: Commensurate with level of education and qualifications.

To apply please email pdfs of the following: a cover letter describing why you are interested in this position and highlighting your qualifications, a C.V. including your educational background and all relevant experience with contact information for 3 professional references, and links to related materials demonstrating your level of experience in science communication (e.g., podcast episodes, social media posts, extension documents, peer-reviewed publications, etc.). The position is expected to last up to two years with the possibility of extending further depending on performance and funding.

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. EST, August 30, 2020. Expected start date: October 1, 2020 but flexible.

Contact: Dr. Marcus Lashley;

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