Public Affairs Specialist

Posted On: September 22, 2015

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Company Description

As an agency of the Department of Commerce, NIST plays a key role in enabling the hard work and innovative ideas of the American people to strengthen our infrastructure for innovation to advance manufacturing, service, and science; to promote trade; and to improve public safety and security. This leads to improved quality of life and better and more jobs. NIST works with the private sector, other government agencies, and universities to develop and apply the technology, measurements and standards needed for new and improved products and services. In short, we help to enable the future.

Job Description

Trained in multi-media communications, passionate about science and technology, skilled in explaining highly technical research topics in engaging plain language. If this sounds like you, we have a position that could be a great fit for your talents.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is looking for an entry level science communicator with a full complement of skills: writing, presentations, photography, and video. This position is located in the Public Affairs Office at NIST’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Washington, DC. If you have a love for science and technology and would like to join one of the world’s leading science and research organizations, please review the job description.

Job duties include leading and coordinating tours of laboratories and research facilities, answering or redirecting general inquiries from the public, writing articles and announcements for NIST employees and staff, capturing photos and videos of NIST activities, and assisting in managing digital assets like photographs and website content.

The position requires excellent written, oral, and visual communications skills. Candidates must have a strong interest in science and science-communications. Also required are excellent interpersonal skills to establish positive relationships with NIST technical staff members and other NIST stakeholders. Candidates must also have creative and technical skills in creating and managing photographs and other digital assets.

To learn more about the broad array of science and research programs at NIST, please visit

U.S. citizenship is required.
Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary Range: $43,057 - $75,395
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Applications Due By (Closing Date): October 13, 2015
Vacancy Announcement Number: NISTOD-2015-0024
Job Link:

To Apply
Applications can be submitted through the above link on Monday, September 28, 2015 through Tuesday, October 13, 2015. You must submit your application no later than Tuesday, October 13.