Science Communication Specialist

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Classification:Communications Specialist 2
Grade:Grade 77
Work type:Staff Part-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Intl Arctic Research Center
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) seeks a science communication specialist to join our collaborative, dynamic team.We seek a Science Communication Specialist to assist with the discovery and dissemination of wildland fire science as part of a collaborative, dynamic team.


15%15% Project Coordination, Implementation, and Interpretation Collaborate with program team in planning, designing, and producing new and engaging products to further the organizational mission of AFSC. Collaborate with program team in planning and implementing AFSC events such as workshops and webinars. Collaborate with program team and AFSC Advisory Board in planning and implementing event publicity and analysis of event evaluation data for program development. Provide support in responding to stakeholder and administrative requests.Essential
1515% Research Acquire, analyze, and interpret quantitative and spatial data to meet stakeholder needs. Report data and data products to external and internal audiences through oral presentations, tool demonstrations, and research briefs. Collaborate with both scientist and manager constituents through teleconference, one-on-one meetings, and at AFSC workshops to develop research that is relevant for the fire management community. Collaborate in coordinating spatial data analysis and products with researchers and managers.Essential
7070% Web-Based Communications Review, create, and update website content on Drupal and Wordpress websites. Create, edit, and post videos of presentations, materials, and relevant products from events to social media and on the AFSC website. Manage and contribute to social media accounts for AFSC by producing original and appropriate science-based content. Monitor and respond to social media comments using appropriate judgment aligned with institutional priorities. Collaborate with researchers to ensure that responses are scientifically accurate. Evaluate the user experience and suggest improvements to be implemented on websites and other consortium products.Essential

The Alaska Fire Science Consortium (AFSC) works at the boundary of science and wildfire management in Alaska. We are grant funded by the Joint Fire Science Program and based at University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Our primary purpose is to strengthen the link between fire science research and on-the-ground application by promoting communication between managers and scientists, providing an organized fire science delivery platform, and facilitating collaborative scientist-manager research development.  Meetings, phone calls and personal interactions with members of the research and fire management community are central to achieving AFSC’s mission. AFSC has secure base funding through September 2020.

The position includes the opportunity to engage in other aspects of AFSC work and to participate in fire science research in collaboration with university and agency scientists and to develop innovative events.


  • Ability to effectively communicate complex scientific topics and content to a diverse audience using varied and appropriate media platforms (print, web, video, etc.).
  • Ability to gather information via discussions with researchers and managers and by reading and comprehending background information such as scientific papers and grant proposals.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge and experience using web content management systems.
  • Ability to develop and design original products for use on websites and in print.
  • Knowledge of modern web design techniques and how to design, develop, and maintain website content.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to research and apply new and complex technologies.
  • Ability to work and solve problems independently.
  • Knowledge about climate and wildland fire-related issues affecting Alaska.
  • Experience with technical and science writing.
  • Knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures.
  • Knowledge of standard reporting procedures.
  • Accurate data collection method skills.
  • Ability to use computerized tools to organize and analyze information and communicate findings.
  • Analytical skills.
  • Ability to communicate findings for internal and external reporting.
  • Knowledge of communications best practices.
  • Knowledge of techniques and industry standards relevant to position for writing, editing, formatting, composing, and producing written posts for social media.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree and one year experience in a field relevant to the research (e.g. wildland fire, science, GIS, and/or communications), or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Salary Information:

This position is a part-time, non-exempt, term-funded,  Grade 77, minimum $21.59 hourly with salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 8/19/2019 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 8/20/2019. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-Represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2020, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees, and those positions designated by the presidents as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.  The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at


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