[Coral-List] Science/Technical Writer opportunity within the U.S. Geological Survey’s Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center

Storlazzi, Curt D cstorlazzi at usgs.gov
Thu Dec 17 16:48:48 UTC 2020

Science / Technical Writer within the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Pacific Coastal & Marine Science Center

Position Description:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/587018100

Some of the specific duties will include:

Science Outreach and Publications:

Support the communication goals and objectives of USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center (PCMSC; https://www.usgs.gov/centers/pcmsc) management and scientists, the USGS Coastal/Marine Hazards & Resources Program (CMHRP; https://www.usgs.gov/natural-hazards/coastal-marine-hazards-and-resources), which in addition to PCMSC, includes the Woods Hole Science Center, the St. Petersburg Science Center, as well as support for the USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area, and the US Department of the Interior (DOI).

Follow the policies and protocols established by DOI and USGS and works closely with the USGS Office of Communications and Publishing (OCAP) and the USGS Science Publishing Network to conduct all aspects of the writing, editing, review, and approval process for publications and outreach products using multiple traditional and emerging communications channels.

Advise and assist PCMSC and CMHRP managers, scientists, and staff with all media interviews, including preparing talking points.

Outreach Evaluation and Strategic Planning:

Evaluate the effectiveness of Science Center and CMHRP communication efforts in close coordination with CMHRP, the Mission Area, and OCAP. Uses that information to develop best practices and forward-looking strategic communications plans that focus on center, mission area, and USGS priorities.

Outreach Training, Public Events, and Stakeholder Meetings:

Meet with important stakeholder groups to communicate and strategically promote and assess the value of USGS activities, research, and products, especially partners who use our science for making decisions.

Work with OCAP to effectively train Science Center and CMHRP staff on best practices for communications, media, and congressional interactions, and the engaging use of field video and photography.

Attend and organize displays and leads other outreach at public and center events about USGS activities and products. Such events include conferences; center visits, tours, public lectures, and open houses; and, working with OCAP, media and congressional events.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Overnight travel of 1-2 nights per month may be required.


$64,535 to $101,503 per year

Open & closing dates

12/14/2020 to 12/29/2020

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Curt D. Storlazzi, Ph.D.

U.S. Geological Survey
Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center
2885 Mission Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 295-3429 cell during COVID-19

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