Job Opportunity: Scientist and Communication Specialist – Center for Biological Diversity

Center for Biological Diversity LogoJob Title: Scientist and Communication Specialist
Company: Center for Biological Diversity
Location: Portland or San Francisco, ALL
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Job Type: Paid Job

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

The Center is currently looking for a Scientist and Communication Specialist for our Environmental Health Program. This is a full-time position. This position has an option of being located in our Portland or San Francisco office.

The Center’s new Environmental Health program will play a leading role in helping the public understand the inextricable link between human health and the health of all other species. Our Environmental Health team uses cutting-edge legal and advocacy strategies to tackle key threats such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollutants, and air and water pollution.

The right candidate for this position combines excellent scientific research and writing abilities with proven media outreach and communication skills. Specific tasks will include researching the impacts of toxic substances on imperiled communities and species; providing expertise to support legal advocacy; preparing Endangered Species Act listing petitions; generating positive media stories, op-eds, editorials and creative media products that drive the national discussion about environmental health; and playing an integral role in raising the Center’s national profile and work on this critical issue. This position reports to the Environmental Health Director.

To be considered for this position we are looking for someone who will be able to:

  • Act as a public spokesperson and engage the public, scientists and opinion leaders on toxics issues through outreach and public speaking.
  • Produce compelling press releases and effective statements to reporters, story pitches, blog posts, factsheets, op-eds and other written material.
  • Analyze scientific literature to inform science-based advocacy work, including support for policy, litigation, legislation, organizing and outreach.
  • Write comments, white papers, reports and listing petitions.
  • Develop and execute strategic communications plans.
  • Track news stories pertaining to core areas of programmatic focus and establish new ways to become part of the news cycle.
  • Cultivate media relationships, pitch stories to reporters and editorial writers, and continually seek out new media opportunities.
  • Periodically read, research and synthesize environmental health-related science for lay audience materials.
  • Expand and refine the Center’s existing Environmental Health communications materials, including website content and material in print publications to help inform and activate the Center’s 825,000-plus supporters and activists.
  • Identify and act on political opportunities, especially regarding the media, to shift the national debate in our favor.

Anyone applying should also possess the following characteristics, credentials, and knowledge base:

  • Completion of a master’s degree in a relevant scientific field, such as conservation biology, environmental studies, ecology, earth sciences, ecotoxicology, chemistry, or public health. Candidates with exceptional communications experience or master’s degrees in other relevant fields, such as journalism, will be considered if they have a bachelor’s degree in an earth science or related field.
  • Scientific literacy and familiarity with toxics issues such as pesticides, rodenticides, lead, mining, industrial pollution, and air and water pollution.
  • Ability to research, synthesize and translate complex scientific concepts for a lay audience.
  • A strong work ethic and good time-management skills.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental protection.
  • Identification as a dynamic and confident self-starter who can work effectively independently and with a team.
  • The ability to produce clear, concise, persuasive and powerful writing on tight deadlines.
  • A solid working knowledge of environmental issues and politics.
  • Experience working with the media.
  • The ability to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to juggle multiple projects on both long- and short-term timelines.
  • The ability to communicate in different styles, depending on the forum, product and audience.
  • A strategic mindset that grasps opportunities in both short-term and long-term contexts.
  • A passion for the Center’s work, and for the work of our Environmental Health program in particular.

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