science writer

Posted On: January 25, 2016

Media-Related Job

Media Organization: U.S. Forest Service

Company Description

The Research & Development arm (R&D) of the Forest Service is the largest conservation research organization in the world, and its research supports science-based planning on forests and grasslands throughout the U.S. R&D researchers study hot-button issues, such as climate change, invasive species, wildlife management and fire management. Its website is

Job Description

The Research & Development (R&D) arm of the Forest Service, which is located in Washington, D.C., is seeking a recent graduate of a master’s program for an immediate opening as a science writer. R&D has quick hire capabilities for this position.

R&D communicates its research results to varied audiences including scientists, policymakers, the public and landowners. It does so via many tools, including its website, press releases, an electronic newsletter, marketing materials, social media and other traditional and new media.
The science writer will act independently and as part of a team to contribute to R&D’s high-quality science outreach materials. Specifically, the science writer will:

• Work with scientists to create/update and post web content.
• Write and proofread reports, fact sheets, blogs, briefing materials, social media and other materials—translating technical information into concise, reader-friendly language.
• Design the layout of online and hard copy documents.
• Act as liaison to R&D’s field stations, the Forest Service’s Office of Communications and other internal and external organizations on various outreach strategies.
• Generate marketing and outreach materials for conferences, Capitol Hill visits and meetings.
This position will provide an opportunity to:
• Contribute to national communication programs/ strategies.
• Work at the intersection of science and policy
• Learn about cutting-edge natural resource research and related national policies.
• Generate senior-level contacts in government and conservation.
• Serve as a liaison with the Communications Office of the Forest Service and the Communications offices of non-profits and government agencies involved in natural resources management.

This position may also provide opportunities for training as well as travel to field stations and conferences.


We seek a recent graduate of a master’s program in journalism or science writing who has some background in natural resources issues. But applicants of programs in other fields will be considered if they have demonstrated strong communication skills, layout/design skills and web mastery.
Strong candidates will also have:
• Strong writing and verbal skills, including skill in presenting complex information in an easy-to-understand and compelling style, and strong proofreading skills.
• Ability to creatively synthesize information from varied sources.
• Expertise in website design/content management and graphics software, especially Adobe Suite software.
• A collegial and collaborative working style.
• An ability to take the initiative and work in a fast-paced environment.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship required.

To Apply

Applicants must apply through this website: