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NCEAS Science Liaison

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 7th, 2019
Next review date: Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Friday, Nov 29, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


We are seeking a full-time Science Liaison to expand the reach and impact of science produced at NCEAS and support COMPASS’s work to champion, connect, and support diverse science leaders to improve the well-being of people and nature. You will be embedded within and based at NCEAS in Santa Barbara, CA and will be responsible for: observing and connecting with the range of research underway at NCEAS; coaching and training NCEAS-affiliated scientists to strategically communicate and engage with society around salient environmental topics; and working closely with the COMPASS team to provide additional support and opportunities for NCEAS-affiliated scientists to connect with journalists, policymakers, and other audiences. By acting as a liaison among COMPASS, NCEAS, and NCEAS working groups, you will support scientists to amplify the impact of their research, reach key audiences across a diversity of contexts and geographic scales, and ultimately help to realize the potential of science to create a better future.

Both NCEAS and COMPASS are deeply committed to workplace policies, practices and culture that prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, and other core values. You will be supported by and contribute to these values and practices.

You will work closely with Ben Halpern (Director) and leadership team at NCEAS and Estelle Robichaux and other team members at COMPASS, and integrated into both organizations, with opportunities to work with and learn from multiple team members and across multiple projects.

RESIDENCY AT NCEAS: NCEAS is located in scenic downtown Santa Barbara, California. The Center is known for fostering interaction and collaboration, characteristics that lead to the success of its visiting scientists. NCEAS has a growing and thriving community of postdocs, resident scientists, and analysts, and frequent influx of leading scientists and practitioners from around the world participating in working group projects.

WORKING WITH COMPASS: COMPASS is a distributed organization with offices in Portland, OR and Washington, D.C. As a pioneer in the science communication field, COMPASS has provided thousands of environmental scientists with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to strategically engage and inspire solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges. Our work is built around the idea that scientists are the best people to share what they know, and that when scientists communicate effectively, they can change the world.

A minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience (e.g., in ecology; environmental science; sustainability science; natural resource management, policy, or economics), including science communication experience OR a graduate degree and at least 2 years of relevant work experience, including science communication, at the time of application.

• A commitment to championing, connecting, and supporting diverse science leaders
• The ability to understand and synthesize environmental science across a diversity of topics, from high-level to highly detailed
• Experience comfortably interacting with scientists at various career stages who work across diverse dimensions of environmental science
• The aptitude to successfully connect and relate to individuals across varying backgrounds and cultural contexts (e.g., scientists, journalists, policymakers)
• Experience communicating science to non-scientific audiences
• The ability to professionally network and effectively maintain working relationships
• The ability to work collaboratively with remotely-located team members, as well as independently
• Attention to detail and ability to track multiple efforts simultaneously
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• A work style that combines tenacity, creativity, and thoughtfulness

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: This position is funded for 2 years, with the possibility of extension pending further grant funding and evaluation of performance.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: This full-time Academic Coordinator I position has a starting salary range of $55-57K/yr, as well as a comprehensive and highly competitive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision insurance, retirement benefits, and paid vacation.

TO APPLY: Submit a CV, cover letter, writing sample, and 3 references (names and contact info only) via UCRecruit:

CLOSING DATE: Preference will be given to applications received by October 31, 2019. Position is open until filled.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Writing Sample

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)