Science Communication Specialist / Media Producer – Ocean Exploration Trust – Narragansett, RI

Reports to: VP, Education, Outreach & Communications
Status: Full-time, Fixed-term with possibility for extension
Hours: Standard work week, but must be flexible to work non-standard hours as needed

Travel: less than 20% — some at-sea domestic and international travel as needed to support Nautilus expeditions and events

The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) is seeking candidates for the position of Science Communication Specialist & Media Producer for the 2015 Nautilus Expedition field season (April – October) with the possibility for extension into a year-round position. S/he will provide video and multimedia support for our education, outreach, and communications teams.

Global Leaders in Open-Access Exploration, Innovation, & Education

The Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) is a 501(c)3 founded in 2008 by Dr. Robert Ballard. Our mission is the exploration of the ocean, seeking out new discoveries in the fields of geology, biology, maritime history, archaeology, and chemistry while pushing the boundaries of STEM education and technological innovation. The Nautilus Exploration Program centers on scientific ocean exploration launched from aboard the 64-meter Exploration Vessel Nautilus, supported by state-of-the-art robotic and telepresence technologies on board and ashore that are used to advance ocean exploration and STEM education worldwide. More information about the Trust can be found at

Primary Responsibilities

Identify, pursue, and write stories that support OET’s educational, outreach, and scientific goals

Work closely with OET Production to develop scripts for educational and scientific videos

Coordinate the production of content andoceanexplorationtrust.orgincluding blog posts, photo galleries/captions, and videos

Provide daily support for OET’s social media presence including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube & Instagram

Assist with outreach and communication efforts, press releases, and editing

Assist with the production of supportive materials for OET’s educational products

Assist with communication and outreach efforts at sea aboard E/V Nautilus as needed

Other duties as needed

Required Qualifications & Experience

Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, education, marine science or relevant field

2+ years of experience in scientific and/or educational outreach, storytelling, communications

Experience writing content for various media

Excellent writing and communication skills

Excellent interpersonal skills

Excellent organizational skills

Ability to interpret complex scientific and engineering concepts and distill them into compelling stories for geared towards multiple audiences

Comfort with and skills in public presentation development and delivery

Quick learner, willing to roll up sleeves to learn new skills and technologies

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a multidisciplinary team

Self-starter and positive team-player attitude

Willingness to travel and participate in at-sea expeditions aboard OET’s Exploration Vessel Nautilus

Eligible to work in the USA; current passport without travel restrictions

Must pass criminal background check

Preferred Qualifications & Experience

MS degree in marine science, journalism, education, or relevant field

Experience in video production including pre-production, shooting, and post-production

Experience in image editing (e.g., utilizing Photoshop and other Adobe products)

Previous experience utilizing Google Docs and Drive for collaboration purposes

How to apply

Please submit a (1) letter of interest, (2) resume, and (3) writing sample to Application deadline: March 20, 2015