Position Title: Science Communication Assistant
Number of positions available: 1
Primary natural resource discipline: Communication and Education
Position Keywords: Cape Cod, CACO, Science Communication, Resource Management
Location: Wellfleet, Massachusetts
Can this position be fully remote: No
Project Description: The participant will work as part of an interdisciplinary team composed of staff from both the Natural Resource Management and Science (NRMS) Division as well as the Interpretation, Education, and Cultural Resources Management (IECRM) Division. The purpose of the position is to develop science communication and education products using a variety of media to convey information and serve as an educational tool for a range of audiences.
Cape Cod National Seashore is host to the Atlantic Research Learning Center (ARLC), one of 17 Research Learning Centers (RLCs) in the National Park Service. The mission of the RLCs is to promote collaboration, research, stewardship, education, and science communication. The ARLC is managed by NRMS staff but leverages internal partnerships with other park divisions as well as external partnerships with academic or non-profit institutions to achieve its mission. The park also employs an education coordinator who works closely with local schools to support curriculum that incorporates aspects of science and resources from Cape Cod National Seashore. The park’s education coordinator typically engages with school programs from kindergarten to 12th grade. While the ARLC also engages with these groups the focus of the learning center is college and post graduate students and researchers. This intern will bolster the Atlantic Research Learning Center, the Parks as Classrooms program, and our public education programming by distilling and packaging our science research into media, lessons, print and digital materials, and programs to increase public, student, and visitor understanding.
Work Products: The intern will develop science-based communication and education products geared towards students, park visitors, and park neighbors. Examples of potential products include:
• updating webpage content
• resource-specific fact sheets
• science stories based on interviews with researchers conducting work in the park
• lessons based on park resources
• videos and/or photographs documenting park resources.
In addition, the intern will also help develop an oral history program to capture and catalog stories and history of the park that have been amassed over many years by long-tenured staff and recent retirees.
Some communication products may be more directed at an internal park audience. Communicating the status of park resources through data dashboards would help inform managers during the decision-making process.
For more information, including application instructions, see the official posting.