Science Communicator and Outreach Manager

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: POSTED AUGUST 25 [See PDF]

Are you frustrated about the alarming changes in our environment? With up to one million species on the brink of disappearing in the coming decades, are you thinking, “I wish I could do something?”  Well, maybe you can.

Who you are

Revive & Restore is looking for a brilliant Science Communicator and Outreach Manager with experience communicating with diverse stakeholders (conservationists, scientists, the general public, and donors). If you are a good storyteller with the ability to create compelling content, then please read on.

Who we are

At Revive & Restore, we are building a new genetic rescue toolkit for applying biotechnologies to some of the toughest biodiversity challenges. Our projects are demonstrating the measurable impact biotechnology can have on wildlife by enhancing genetic diversity, helping to build disease resistance, developing synthetic alternatives to wild harvest, and facilitating adaptation to a changing climate.

We are the leading conservation organization promoting the incorporation of genetic tools into standard conservation practice, bringing together the academic and commercial labs advancing the science and the conservation practitioners working in the field. Revive & Restore has three distinct roles as a convener, as a science coordinator, and, increasingly, as a funder – advancing the necessary science to build the new conservation toolkit.

We are spearheading innovative projects that bring biotechnology to help solve conservation challenges.

Location

Our office is based in Sausalito, California and this full-time position can be done mostly remotely as long as you’re available during normal business hours and attend occasional in-person meetings.

How you can help

Working closely with the Executive Director, staff, and board members, the Communications and Outreach Manager will help develop strategies for explaining how biotechnology can help achieve conservation goals. Revive & Restore has a unique role and a good storyteller will use diverse media to show and tell how our individual projects fit into the broader conservation landscape. In this role, you will articulate the organization’s work by crafting and writing press releases, presentation decks (for international conferences), internal and external reports, blog posts, and website updates. The ability to delve into complex issues with experts and distill this information to a wide variety of audiences through an array of communications formats is the skill set we need.

Areas you would manage

Communications Strategy

  • Develop and oversee our organization’s communication priorities, analyze progress, and change course as needed
  • Identify strategic media outlets and design campaigns to optimize coverage and ensure that our messages reach the diverse audiences
  • Develop and implement a process to help evaluate media opportunities and requests
  • Build relationships within the media to co-promote stories with strategic partners in the conservation community
  • Interface organization-wide to incorporate communications aspects into program strategies and tactics

Content Development

  • Translate technical science into engaging stories for internal and external reports, articles, and op-eds
  • Assist team members with presentations, letters, and other external communications
  • Help develop videos with scriptwriting, sourcing media, and assisting in interviews
  • Craft press releases and organizational outreach/media statements
  • Manage social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube), writing and posting engaging updates to grow followers, announce developments, and maintain key relationships with associated organizations and researchers

Public & Media Relations

  • Foster media relations and ensure timely follow-up
  • Maintain an engaging dialogue with supporters and members of our research community and other supporters through listservs, blog posts, and social media
  • Maintain a media list to use for announcements and reports
  • Track media coverage and share appropriately on social media, website, and listservs
  • Invite and host media at special events, such as Revive & Restore conferences

Website

  • Suggest and post updates as well as developing new content that creatively conveys our work and conservation impacts (using WordPress)
  • Ensure layout and functionality of webpages and site as a whole
  • Use Google analytics to evaluate web traffic results and recommend adjustments to the website. Work with web support when needed to execute improvements

Events

  • Work with the entire team to ensure agenda and event details are organized and communicated to all participants
  • Develop written collateral as needed, including web pages, conference agendas, presentations to organize, summarize, and share learnings from the events
  • Willingness to work the occasional weekend and/or evening during important events

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in sciences (biological sciences preferred) or related field, 5 years of experience in science communications and media relations, ideally in science-related organizations preferred
  • Experience working with conservation organizations preferred
  • Demonstrated skills in translating complex scientific or technical information for various audiences
  • Experience writing compelling conservation stories
  • Skills with WordPress, MailChimp, Google Suite including sheets, Salesforce, social media platforms, photo selection (rights management and editing)
  • Able to effectively juggle and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines

Come help us present to the world the measurable impact genetic rescue can have on protecting and preserving our living species. Add your unique skills to a team that is doing something truly transformative in conservation!

To Apply

Submit your cover letter, resume, and writing samples to [email protected]. Please indicate how you found out about this position.

Revive & Restore is an equal opportunity employer and we encourage applicants from all diverse backgrounds.