ES191 Science Writer

We are seeking a senior science writer to support and write about NASA missions and campaigns. The successful candidate will serve as a member of NASA’s Earth Science News team and support the Goddard Cryospheric Science Lab, based at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. In support of the Earth Science News team, the candidate will:

  • Contribute to news stories for press releases, the NASA portal, the NASA Global Climate Change website, and other NASA websites as appropriate. 
  • Create material for and contribute to NASA’s social media efforts.
  • Develop story ideas through interactions with NASA science writers and scientists and engineers and others at Goddard and other NASA centers. 
  • Write for other NASA communications products, including video and documentary scripts, vodcasts, image captions, and educational materials. Research, write and provide visuals describing the wide variety of NASA’s Earth science elements.
  • Provide media relations and other communications support to scientists and public affairs offices at conferences as required.

In support of the Cryospheric Science Lab, the candidate will:

  • Work with the Cryospheric Sciences Lab to develop and implement strategies to communicate how Goddard scientists study Earth’s frozen regions, highlight the study results, and connect these experts in their field with members of the media.
  • Integrate Goddard ice research into larger NASA communications efforts
  • Help manage NASA’s ice-related social media accounts, and curate Goddard’s cryosphere website.

  Required Skills:

  • BA/BS or master’s degree in English, journalism, or technical writing with 3+ years related experience or equivalent.
  • Significant ability to write, edit and interview while being creative, adaptable and comfortable with new media trends.
  • Extensive experience in translating complex concepts into compelling, public-friendly feature articles.
  • Facility with developing contacts and relationships with scientific and technical divisions across and outside of NASA and a knack for mining news and feature content.
  • Strong ability to self-manage, work under pressure, meet commitments in a deadline-driven environment and take in stride the extensive review and collaborative process in what is a large, complex organization.
  • Ability to effectively handle diverse responsibilities and multiple tasks in parallel.
  • Must be a team player with excellent customer orientation, good rapport with people, and a willingness to travel.

  Desired Skills:

  • Experience in writing about science or technical subjects for non-scientists.
  • Familiarity with Earth science, NASA missions and projects and global climate change science.  
  • Familiarity with at least one standard style manual (e.g., Associated Press Stylebook, Chicago Manual of Style).
  • Ability to conceptualize, assign and locate related graphics. Familiarity with HTML, content management systems, or graphics software knowledge helpful

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