Science Communication Instructional Designer

Contingent 1 Contractual - Hourly

The Integration and Application Network (IAN; seeks a Science Communication Instructional Designer to join a dynamic group of Science Integrators and Science Communicators at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science ( and assist in the creation of effective environmental science courses and communication products. This position will support IAN's goal of not just studying but solving environmental problems through synthesis, science communication, and stakeholder engagement.

This position blends Instructional Design and Science Communication:

This position is targeted to graduate or advanced undergraduate students with backgrounds in technology or instructional design with studies, experience, or interest in science and communication.  A degree in instructional technology, technical education, or curriculum or degrees in biology, environmental science, or related field is strongly desired. The chosen candidate is expected to work with a variety of software packages including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, Camtasia, and GIS applications. Training will be provided, but familiarity with these products is preferable.

The position will support instructional design projects from start to finish under the guidance of the Project Manager in the socio-environmental science field. This includes managing the workflow of the development process by coordinating the input from Subject Matter Experts (SME) and other team members. Facilitating structured communications in order to meet deadlines with internal and external team members in a variety of contexts, including email discussions, conference calls, and face-to-face and online meetings

Responsibilities and duties:

The Science Communication Instructional Designer’s primary responsibility is to use effective science communication and instructional design principles in the development and evaluation of online courses, particularly the development of MOOCs on the edX platform. The position will include multiple duties that may include:

  • Analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation of instructional design projects.
  • Design strategies, web-based resources, multimedia technologies, accessibility, usability, and instructional software for online course development with guidance from the PM
  • Create and edit educational videos using Camtasia
  • Create and edit high quality videos with After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Edit text, photos, and videos,
  • Create vector images and diagrams
  • Work with media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

Included in the position:

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The compensation for the chosen candidate will be $14 - $15 per hour and subsidized healthcare benefits may be available depending on number of hours worked. Additionally, the candidate will gain valuable skills in MOOCS (Massive Open Online Classes), science communication, including desktop publishing, socio-environmental assessment, and effective communication. The team provides a dynamic, fun, and exciting atmosphere, as well as a chance to work on some of the most pressing local, national, and global environmental problems.


This position will be located in Cambridge, Maryland or Annapolis, Maryland, based on the needs of the team. Flexible work arrangement can be considered. Send applications to by August 13th, 2021.

Start date:
September 1st or sooner. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Six months

Applications should include the following items:

  • A letter of interest
  • A Curriculum Vitae including three references (with email and phone contact information)
  • A writing sample
  • Portfolio (with layout/design, video work, instructional design you’ve done)

UMCES is an AA/EOE. Individuals with disabilities, veterans, minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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