Natural Resources & Science Communication Intern (Online) – Mosaics in Science

NPS Unit: Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA)
March 23, 2021
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Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance (UERLA)


Position Description: The SIP intern will explore over 130 products (reports, videos, graphics, photographs, digital watercolors, databases, and presentations) to convert elements of existing materials into accessible dot gov webpages for the UERLA website. Tasks for the internship include:

  • Network with NPS science, communications, and park staff
  • Prioritize webpage development by scientific topic
  • Network with other UERLA interns
  • Visit park units throughout the National Capital Area to attend interpretive program(s)
  • Develop written science communications techniques for the NPS online platform
  • Write subject matter text to introduce and bridge between existing multi-media products
  • Take training on the use of NPS Content Management System
  • Extract information from existing reports and review citations to develop short, but accurate, webpages
  • Select images, graphics, and videos to promote curiosity
  • Develop social media messages to highlight new NPS webpages for use by official NPS social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)
  • Identify new avenues for science communication and/or gaps in current UERLA communication efforts
  • Align science messages with NPS mission, policy, and management priorities

Work Products: This internship will generate numerous webpages on a range of science topics including, but not limited to: geology, hydrology, citizen science, climate change, air quality, water quality, ecosystem services, and resource management. The SIP will create the network and the connecting content for online pages from existing reports, graphics, photographs, StoryMaps, wildlife camera trap images, and videos. In order to support best educational and communication practices the SIP will be introduced to NPS techniques and best practices determined by experts who partner with UERLA (ex. PI with the Center for Climate Change Communication).

Qualifications: Coursework or degree should center on Science Communication or Science Education. The ideal applicant will have experience and an academic background in at least one of the following: science education, science writing (science journalism), and creating science lessons for the classroom. The ability to convey science concepts with clarity and brevity is vital. Prior website development is desired.

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. citizen between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, of diverse background, or veterans up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.

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