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Science Communication Fellow

Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America Req #312
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Carnegie Museums of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is among the top natural history museums in the country. It maintains, preserves, and interprets an extraordinary collection of artifacts, objects, and scientific specimens used to broaden understanding of evolution, conservation, and biodiversity. Carnegie Museum of Natural History generates new scientific knowledge, advances science literacy, and inspires visitors of all ages to become passionate about science, nature, and world cultures.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is interested in candidates who, through their experience and collaborations, will contribute to diversity and excellence of the Carnegie Museums community. 

The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Anthropocene Scientific Section seeks a science communication fellow to join a research-practice project establishing a new learning network in Western Pennsylvania that connects educators, scientists, and community leaders with the goal of increasing regional capacity to use scientific information and community knowledge to inform transdisciplinary problem-solving on civic issues.

This is a Full-Time Position with benefits, made possible for a 36-month long period through a grant from the National Science Foundation. The start date is tentatively scheduled for mid/late November 2019 (or sooner).

TO APPLY: Visit; Click Search Jobs; Locate Science Communication Fellow – Requisition #312; Click Apply, Complete application on-line following the below instructions. Application review will begin immediately. To ensure full review, please submit your application by Oct 25.

Please submit the following materials in a single PDF and upload the PDF to your application:
1)  COVER LETTER, to address the following:

 - What interests you about the Science Communication Fellowship, and why are you a good fit for the role? 
 - What are your professional and/or scholarly goals, and how will your experience at Carnegie Museum of Natural History help you achieve them?
 - What is your knowledge and experience with climate change, environmental problem-solving and working within complex stakeholder groups?
Please provide weblinks or materials with examples of recent work that communicates scientific stories or datasets to public audiences.

Please provide at least two academic/professional references and contact information.


Candidates must have an Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) or equivalent in Ecology, Conservation Science, or related field; demonstratable record of research and publishing; and 2+ years professional experience in science communication, arts, data visualization journalism, or related field and/or an equivalent advanced degree, and be able to provide examples of recent work creatively communicating science with public audiences.

Successful candidates will be flexible, proactive and highly self-motivated. They should be able to accomplish high-quality research and outreach in a non-traditional environment. This is ideal position for someone with a combined background and passion in both environmental problem solving and science communication through data visualization and/or arts. The ideal candidate will have the social skills to build trust and rapport with diverse stakeholders across Western Pennsylvania.

The SCIENCE COMMUNICATION FELLOW will work closely with museum staff and University of Pittsburgh learning scientists to build relationships that connect the museum to local rural community partners.  Through the implementation of a translational ecology or co-production approaches, the fellow will be expected to develop creative analyses and interpretations that draw on museum collections and environmental data. The fellow’s work will support inquires driven by local communities to create science-based and place-based learning about climate change relevant civic issues. The fellow will be expected to keep abreast with current research in environmental communications and museum studies and to represent the project in local, national and international settings, as well as through publishing their findings in peer-reviewed literature. The fellow will have opportunities to participate in the museum’s public outreach including exhibitions, lectures, and public

The Climate and Rural Systems Partnership (CRSP) is an NSF-AISL Innovations in Development project. CRSP will support the development of a learning network in Western Pennsylvania. This project builds on a networking model that was developed through a prior NSF award for the Climate & Urban Systems Partnership (CUSP).

CRSP Project Team:
The Science Communication Fellow will be working with a team that includes museum ecologists, GIS specialists and educators; learning scientists from the University of Pittsburgh; and educators and community leaders from project sites at the Mercer County Conservation District and Powdermill Nature Reserve. The position reports to the museum’s Curator of the Anthropocene/PI of the CRSP NSF award.

The following PA Act 153 clearances, or proof of application of clearances, are required beginning employment and as a condition of continued employment:

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check
  • FBI Fingerprint Criminal Background Check

Obtaining the required clearances is completed as part of the new hire process.

Carnegie Museums is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Females / Veterans / Individuals with Disabilities / Sexual Orientation / Gender Identity

The above job description reflects the essential functions and qualifications for the position identified, and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the position. The job description does not constitute an employment contract and does not alter the at-will relationship between CMP and the employee.


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  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History - Oakland, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America