Alaska Sea Grant Science Writer and Public Information Officer

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  • Job Number:521860
  • Classification:Communications Specialist 4
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:Hybrid, Remote within Alaska, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Alaska Sea Grant and MAP
  • Location:Anchorage, Fairbanks
  • Categories: Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Applications are invited for the position of Science Writer and Public Information Officer for Alaska Sea Grant. This position will serve to communicate Alaska Sea Grant research, education, and outreach related to Alaska’s coastal resources, economies, and communities for diverse audiences. Alaska Sea Grant works in coastal communities around Alaska. We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic communicator who wants to work in a dynamic and supportive environment.


15Produce Content for Reports Produce content for reports highlighting Sea Grant activities, including an annual report for a general audience and the program’s advisory committee, annual state and federal reports, and other reports as needed. This includes writing program impacts and accomplishments required by NOAA National Sea Grant and content needed for site reviews or other evaluation/information purposes.Essential
5Public Information Officer Serve as the Alaska Sea Grant point of contact with the public information system at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Represent Alaska Sea Grant as part of the Pacific Region and National Sea Grant communicators networks.Essential
80Produce Content for Communications Products Create written communication products that translate research, education and outreach for use by various audiences of Alaska Sea Grant, including community members, organizations, governments, tribes, scientists, and others. Work with Alaska Sea Grant leadership, personnel, and researchers to propose and generate information products including feature and science stories, press releases, blog posts, video, and social media, as well as content for brochures, infographics, and electronic newsletters. Generate content through interviews and research. Utilize and update an existing communications plan. Edit material and rewrite drafts written by others. Guide information products through the Alaska Sea Grant communication team’s review and production process in a timely manner.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: This person must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media, the ability to collect information through interviews and research, and exceptional editing skills.

The individual must have strong organizational skills, pay close attention to detail, work well independently and as part of a team, and be able to remain flexible under pressure of deadlines, short-notice requests or changes, and conflicting priorities. Ability to prioritize and make progress on projects and activities with concurrent timelines. Ability to work within budget and time constraints.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Microsoft Office suite or similar, Google Apps (e.g. Docs, Sheets), Website editing (e.g. WordPress), photo editing and organization, new media tools and platforms
Typical Experience:
Experience communicating scientific and technical material in a concise, clear and accessible manner to varied audiences using print, broadcast and/or social media. At least 3 years experience in communications, media relations, public relations, or social marketing team conveying scientific or technical subjects to a wide, diverse audience.

Experience communicating with culturally-diverse audiences, particularly experience with Alaska Native and rural communities is preferred.
Required Education or Training:

Bachelor's degree in journalism, marketing, communications, marine science, fisheries, environmental science, natural resource management, or a related field.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, Grade 79, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Job location and remote work from a coastal Alaskan community may be negotiated. Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

This position will remain open until filled.  The first review for applications will be begin on Friday, October 14th, 2022. To ensure consideration in the initial review please apply by 11:55PM Alaska Time on October 13, 2022.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:


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


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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