Science Communication Scholar

Contractual C1 (hourly)

The Integration and Application Network ( is a global leader in scientific synthesis, science communication, and ecosystem health report cards, with ongoing projects in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North and South America. Our projects seek to engage stakeholders and scientists to create solutions to difficult environmental problems.

We are seeking a detail-oriented, productive individual who can support these types of projects while advancing their knowledge and experience in visual science communication.

The science communication scholars program is designed for college graduates with backgrounds in science and communication. A degree in biology, environmental science, or related field is required. Scholars are expected to work with a variety of software packages including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and GIS applications. Training will be provided, but familiarity with these products is preferable.

The science communication scholar will have multiple duties depending on their qualifications and interests. Tasks may include:

  • editing text, photos, and videos
  • creating new vector images and conceptual diagrams
  • conducting data analysis with Excel and R
  • plotting spatial data and preparing maps
  • creating print-ready InDesign documents
  • working with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, etc.

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The chosen candidate will receive a competitive hourly wage ($15 or $16) and subsidized healthcare benefits may be available depending on number of hours worked. Additionally, scholars will gain valuable skills in science communication, including desktop publishing, spatial analysis, 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. For telework, 3 days minimum in the office is required, and 4 days in the office is preferred. Send applications to Multiple positions may be filled with this announcement.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Six months term (possible extension for another term)

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)

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


Annapolis, MD or Cambridge, MD


Integration and Application Network
Contact Name:: 
Alexandra Fries