WHERE TO FIND SCIENCE COMMUNICATION JOBS

Lots of people ask where the scicomm job boards are and I haven’t seen that answered on the internet. So, here you go! Please share widely, and please contact me if you know of something that should be added to this list.

 

I’m a science communicator and I’ve volunteered, worked as a freelancer, held part-time scicomm positions, and been the entire media department for a brand. I started out as a scientific researcher and was all-in on becoming a professor until about a year before I got my PhD. It took me about a month to go from “I don’t want academia” to “here’s what I do want,” but it took me much longer to transition into a full-time media career.

 

I’ve written before about how emotionally difficult it was for me to learn what success outside of academia looks like. I’ve also written about my journey to landing my first full-time scicomm position. And I have a copy/paste email I can send you about the steps I took to figure out what I wanted to do in life, if you want.

 

*Note:

This is a list of *free* ways that you can have scicomm job opportunities come to you, NOT advice on how to hone your scicomm skills or how to get a scicomm job, or what types of scicomm jobs (or scicomm internships) exist, or a list of organizations that you could go to and then look through their “employment opportunities” page.

**Note 2:

Organizations often ask for volunteers to do scicomm work that they should be paying someone to do instead. This sucks for early-career job seekers especially: should you give up your time for free, which decreases valuation of you and of the whole field? But if you don’t, how can you be competitive when you apply for jobs? In my opinion, you will have to decide what works for you- if volunteering for a short time gets you paid in the long run, who is an internet stranger to tell you it’s a bad idea? I view it as the responsibility of me and others who have at least some scicomm job security and power to push for change to this system, though by all means you’re welcome to join us if you feel like it.

 

***Note 3:

A very common mistake that scientists switching to scicomm make is submitting their CV when they apply for a job, rather than converting their CV to a résumé. If you need help with this or your cover letter, contact me.

 

Twitter

  • #scicomm: a firehose with (too?) many tweets to keep track of

  • #scicommjob: predominantly used in the USA (and sometimes entirely sustained by @commnatural)

  • #scicommjobs: predominantly used in Europe

  • @culturedish and @WhySharksMatter often RT science writing/journalist-type opportunities outside of the hashtags listed above

  • @scicommboard is an aggregate feed that picks up many scicomm jobs and also job-getting advice. The account is linked to a website that’s a searchable database of scicomm grants, fellowships, internships, volunteer gigs, jobs, training, and conferences. Looks legit- I think their small following is because they just appeared in late 2018.

  • note that @ScicommJobs is NOT a twitter feed of job postings, it is a feed of blog posts by Jo Brodie, who runs the PSCI-COM email list. The email list is more active than the twitter feed and is more of a list of job postings (see its description below)

Job aggregators

  • indeed (and others): make sure you put “science communication” in the search box with quotes, otherwise you’ll get swamped with both “science” and “communication” results

  • LinkedIn: common tips for getting a job through LinkedIn include making your profile robust and asking for referrals from connections that work at a companies you like. Changing your location, if you’re looking for something outside your current area, will help you locate appropriate job opportunities and informational interview leads.

  • ARIS: the Center for Advancing Research Impact in Society is the expanded version of NABI (the National Alliance for Broader Impacts); ARIS covers social science, art, and humanitites research in addition to STEM fields. Their job page replaces Stanford's outreachjobannouncements listserv, which was discontinued in January 2020.

  • HigherEdJobs: Jobs at academic institutions, many of which are not tenure-track roles. I’ve used this site less for browsing and more for creating email alerts so the opportunities I’m most interested in come to me.

  • JournalismJobs.com: not shockingly, a place to find journalism jobs

  • Mediabistro: writing, editing, marketing, and creative jobs- search for "science" to narrow it down 

  • BIG: a UK scicomm organization. They have an “overseas” section on their website, but it only lists events and not jobs every time I’ve looked at it

 

Email lists

  • PSCI-COM: Europe-specific, mostly UK, used for general conversations about scicomm as well as posting a variety of positions

  • Jpjobs: ocean jobs specifically. Many are non-academic and postings include education/outreach and policy

  • MEO jobs: this list is comms in general so it’s very broad, but occasionally a science writer position for a university will come up in this list. I just ctrl + f, then search then email for 'science'

  • Josh's water jobs: for STEM subjects that involve freshwater or ocean environments. The types of jobs on this list are all over the place and include communications

  • subject-specific lists, like coral-list and ECOLOG, will occasionally post jobs. Internet searches will help you find the lists that correspond to your interests

  • NABI-L: this list is more outreach than communications, but I'm including it here so you can see if it fits your interests

  • A few lists I don’t find to be as helpful are: PCST (UK-centric and not as relevant to my interests as PSCI-COM) and PEN (UK-centric, for people involved in public engagement with higher education)

 

Facebook

 

Networking

  • Every time I go on the job market, I tell my friends and my professional network what I’m looking for. This is one of the best strategies I can recommend for finding jobs- even friends that aren’t in my field have sent me opportunity announcements at institutions around them that are sometimes a great fit. You never know what asking people to keep a lookout might do for you!

Paying to find a job

  • There are several routes you can take if you want to spend money during your job search- you could pay to have your profile on a job site, pay for a consultant to help you through the process, or pay to be in a society. Contact me if you want to talk more about what I know of these options, but I think it's worth saying that paying for membership in the National Association of Science Writers is something that *many* of my colleagues say is worth it.