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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE - OFFICE OF THE VICE CHANCELLOR FOR RESEARCH - UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA -CHAMPAIGN

The Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking applicants for Executive Director to provide leadership ensuring the Institute’s position as a premier natural and cultural research and service organization. The Institute houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The Executive Director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Research.

The Prairie Research Institute executes coordinated research agendas across the disciplines of the five surveys which are responsive to current and emerging societal needs around the world with strong foci in the Midwest and State of Illinois. The Institute receives base funding from the State of Illinois and is charged by statute to provide scientific support to Illinois governments and businesses. More than 1,000 scientists and staff work in 75 locations across Illinois, pursing both basic and applied research projects. FY14 expenditures (including externally funded research expenditures) totaled nearly $78 million. Learn more at www.prairie.illinois.edu

Ph.D. or equivalent in a science, engineering or other field relevant to the mission and goals of the Institute and significant administrative experience in bringing science to bear on public policy decisions required. The Institute is part of the flagship University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign--a world leader in research, teaching, entrepreneurship and public engagement—and is located in a micro-urban community that combines cultural vibrancy with affordability and quality of life. Urbana-Champaign is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis: http://welcometochampaignurbana.com/the-cu-community/micro-urban/.

For full position announcement and application requirements, please visit: https:jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile by 4/15/2015.

The U of I is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled - www.inclusiveillinois.illnois.edu.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF GEOLOGY

Arkansas Tech University, a state-supported, primarily undergraduate institution of 12,000 students, invites applications for a 9-month academic year, tenure-track position to teach a full-time load of twelve credit hours per semester to begin August 2015. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (or ABD) in geology or related field and a demonstrated ability to teach Mineralogy, Petrology, introductory geology courses and courses in the applicant's specialty. Applicants from any specialty area will be considered.  The successful candidate should demonstrate excellence in teaching, the ability to develop a vibrant research program and provide service to the University and community. The ATU Geology Program has approximately 50 undergraduate majors and is located within one hour of world-class field opportunities in the Ouachitas and Ozarks. Send letter of application addressing evidence of excellence in teaching, service and scholarship, including curriculum vita, official transcripts, teaching philosophy, reference letters from three sources and a description of research interests and goals that involve undergraduates to Dr. Jeff Robertson, Dean of the College of Natural & Health Sciences, PHSC@atu.edu (www.atu.edu/nhs). Closing date for accepting applications is March 2, 2015.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Arkansas Tech University is an AA/EOE employer committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

DIRECTOR, ADVANCED ENERGY TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE - ILLINOIS STATE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY - PRAIRIE RESEARCH INSTITUTE - UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

The Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) is part of the Prairie Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign which is centrally located between Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. PRI houses five large scientific surveys covering a wide range of expertise including biology, water resources, climate, geology, sustainable technology and archaeology. The ISGS is a premier state geological survey, with over 200 scientists and technical support staff, serving the needs of the public, government, and industry with earth science information and research relevant to natural resources, environmental quality, economic vitality, and public safety. The University is a land-grant institution that provides access to world-class laboratory and academic facilities, Big Ten athletic events, and internationally acclaimed cultural opportunities.  

We are seeking an individual to provide leadership, clear scientific vision, and direction to the subdisciplines and staff members that comprise the Advanced Energy Technology Initiative (AETI) at the ISGS. The leadership skills of the individual will encourage multidisciplinary, project-based research within AETI and throughout ISGS, other Surveys, and University related to energy issues; develop, implement, and administer research and service programs of the AETI; and facilitate coordination, communication, and teamwork throughout the PRI and the University. As the Director of AETI, the individual will promote AETI services and capabilities to a variety of stakeholders including government funding agencies, corporations, and legislative representatives. The individual will continue to maintain AETI’s domestic and international reputation as a global leader in addressing energy issues.

Ph.D. in geological science, engineering, or related discipline with career emphasis related to energy resources and 15 years of combined research and managerial experience beyond the completion of master’s degree. Demonstrated vision, capability, and experience to address challenges facing society related to the advanced energy fields, such as carbon capture and storage, mitigation of fossil fuel emissions, water for energy resource development and power generation, public engagement and education on energy issues, unconventional oil and natural gas resource assessment, natural gas geologic storage, and enhanced oil recovery.

Applications must be received by May 15, 2015. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. To apply, please visit https://jobs.illinois.edu/academic-job-board to complete an online profile and to upload a 1) cover letter, 2) résumé/CV, 3) the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references. All requested information/documentation must be submitted for your application to be considered. An incomplete application will not be reviewed. 

For further information please contact Lori Walston-Vonderharr, Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, at lwalston@illinois.edu or 217-244-2401.

The University of Illinois is an EEO Employer/Vet/Disabled http://inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu/.

AMERICAN GEOSCIENCES INSTITUTE - WORKFORCE PROGRAM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY - 2015 SUMMER COURSE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP

The AGI Workforce Program tracks the supply and demand of geoscientists by collecting original data and analyzing existing data from Federal and industry sources, in order to inform the geoscience community of workforce trends and issues. The Workforce Program also engages the next generation of geoscientists by supporting student recruitment at the college level and by communicating with students, faculty, and non-academic professionals about making the transition into the geoscience workforce after graduation.

AGI’s Workforce Program is seeking an intern to work with the Workforce Staff this summer specifically on a grant funded by ConocoPhillips. This project is working with industry professionals from the American Institute of Professional Geologists to develop online short-courses to build specific skills or competencies for recent graduates or professionals looking for professional development opportunities. Tasks for the intern include interfacing with industry representatives to understand and build course content, curriculum design, assessment and activity development and developing educational materials. Other items that pertain to the grant, such as communication with geoscientific societies and geoscience departments, and creating new materials related to workforce development for the geoscience community, may be included.

This internship is intended for Master’s students (current or recently graduated) who are passionate about making positive impacts in the geoscience community and who have experience in science communication or education. A quantitative background in geoscience is required to apply for this position. Strong independent working skills and teamwork skills are required.

The summer 2015 internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend. The starting date is flexible. The internship will be held in the offices for the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, VA. The intern will be responsible for finding a housing arrangement if needed. To apply for this position please send the following items addressed to Heather Houlton, with the subject heading, “Summer 2015 Workforce Program Course Development Internship” via email to workforce@americangeosciences.org:

1. A resume or CV

2. Contact information for two references a. Name, company, job title

b. Phone Number

c. Email address

3. A cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position. All applications must be received by March 2nd, 2015. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

AMERICAN GEOSCIENCES INSTITUTE - WORKFORCE PROGRAM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY - 2015 SUMMER DIVERSITY INTERNSHIP

The AGI Workforce Program tracks the supply and demand of geoscientists by collecting original data and analyzing existing data from Federal and industry sources, in order to inform the geoscience community of workforce trends and issues. The Workforce Program also engages the next generation of geoscientists by supporting student recruitment at the college level and by communicating with students, faculty, and non-academic professionals about making the transition into the geoscience workforce after graduation.

AGI’s Workforce Program is seeking an intern to work with the Workforce Staff this summer specifically on a grant funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. This project is a collaboration between the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). The project titled, “Increasing the Participation and Retention or U.S. Underrepresented Geoscientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory” will be disseminating information about DCO science to the geoscience community, and distributing small awards for doctoral-level underrepresented geoscientists to participate in DCO activities and research. Tasks for the intern include interfacing with DCO representatives, networking with prominent diversity groups in the geosciences, disseminating and marketing DCO information to target groups, developing promotional materials, and handling program logistics such as application management and administrative tasks. Other items that pertain to the grant, such as communication with geoscientific societies and geoscience departments, and creating new materials related to increasing participation and diversity for the geoscience community may be included.

This internship is intended for undergraduate or Master’s students (current or recently graduated) who are passionate about making positive impacts in the geoscience community and who have experience in science communication. A background in geoscience is not required to apply for this position, but is strongly encouraged. Strong independent working skills and teamwork skills are required.

The summer 2015 internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend. The starting date is flexible. The internship will be held in the offices for the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, VA. The intern will be responsible for finding a housing arrangement if needed. To apply for this position, please send the following items addressed to Heather Houlton, with the subject heading, “Summer 2015 Workforce Program Diversity Internship” via email to workforce@americangeosciences.org:

1. A resume or CV

2. Contact information for two references a. Name, company, job title

b. Phone Number

c. Email address

3. A cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position. All applications must be received by March 2nd, 2015. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO - DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGICAL SCIENCES - ENDOWED DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP IN HYDROGEOLOGY

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) seeks applications from senior scholars in the field of Hydrology to fill a tenured position at the Professor or Associate Professor level, subject to qualifications, to begin fall 2015 in the Department of Geological Sciences. The successful candidate will be awarded the Dr. Weldon W. Hammond, Jr. Endowed Distinguished Professorship in Hydrogeology. Read more about the endowed chair at http://www.utsa.edu/geosci/pdf/wwh_endowment_brief.pdf. Information on the geoscience program and details on what to include in an application can be viewed at http://www.utsa.edu/geosci/positions.html. Review of completed applications will begin March 1, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. UTSA is an AA/EEO employer.

EDUCATION SPECIALIST - CENTER FOR GEOSCIENCE AND SOCIETY - AMERICAN GEOSCIENCES INSTITUTE

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is seeking an experienced education professional for the position of Education Specialist in our new Center for Geoscience and Society (Center) for a two year initial period, with the possibility of continuation. The work of the Education Specialist will be varied, emergent, and evolving. Initially the position will focus on developing and delivering teacher professional development sessions to varied K-12 audiences, developing and reviewing curriculum materials, and generating innovative approaches to promoting Earth and space science (geoscience) awareness across all sectors of society. The Education Specialist will report to the Center Director, but will function with a high degree of independence, calling for initiative, creativity, flexibility, and organization. AGI’s work involves extensive collaboration with other societies, government agencies, and professional associations. Strong candidates for this position will have teaching and/or academic background in K-12 science, with preference for a focus in geoscience fields and/or integrated science. Applicants for this position should highlight specific credentials, experience, and/or former employment related to curriculum, instruction (including uses of technology), geoscience, STEM education, and teacher professional development. These may include, but are not limited to employment as a K-12 teacher, experience designing curriculum, advanced academic study, formal professional development opportunities (as a participant and/or facilitator), active engagement with related professional associations, and so on. The position will be located at the Alexandria office of AGI, with possible part-time telecommuting options and some paid travel required.

To apply please send a complete professional resume with a cover letter making clear the connections between your experience and the position as described above to: Ed Robeck, Director, Center for Geoscience and Society, American Geosciences Institute, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302 or apply via e-mail to ecrobeck@agiweb.org (please include the subject line: "Education Specialist Application").

AGI was founded in 1948, under a directive of the National Academy of Sciences, as a network of associations representing geoscientists with a diverse array of skills and knowledge of our planet. The Institute provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in our profession, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education, and strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society’s use of resources, resilience to natural hazards, and the health of the environment. See: www.americangeosciences.org.

The American Geosciences Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR – GEOTHERMAL - SPECIALIST (TENURE-TRACK)

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants with expertise in geothermal energy research. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to do research in the geosciences and one of the best in the U.S. for the study of geothermal resources.

Position Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position will be to develop broad programs in research and education in the field of geothermal energy while serving as Director of the Great Basin Center for Geothermal Energy. The applicant is expected to conduct a nationally competitive research program that will include innovative approaches to understanding the complexities of fluid flow in the crust with a concentration on Nevada and the surrounding Great Basin region. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s geothermal resources, maintain geothermal databases as part of NGDS (National Geothermal Data System), and provide state resource assessments. Education will include teaching courses in geothermal related topics in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering (DGSE), supervising graduate students, and contributing to developing a geothermal curriculum. Research and educational efforts will involve multi-departmental and multi-institutional efforts, with scientists from academia, industry, other institutions, and government labs. The successful candidate will be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding the geothermal resources of Nevada.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in geology, geologic engineering, geophysics, or a related geoscience field by the time of hire and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to geothermal energy as indicated by dissertation research, industry experience, and/or peer-reviewed publications. The successful candidate must have at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience (either in industry or academia) in geothermal research in such areas as rock mechanics, 3D modeling, geophysical techniques, reservoir engineering, and/or geochemistry. Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; commitment to public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential. The successful candidate must also have demonstrated ability to develop/coordinate programs and work in teams to accomplish major goals.

Because the individuals will be competing for funding from a variety of sources, including industry and federal agencies, for fundamental and applied geoscience research (e.g., NSF, DOE, and USGS), preference will be given to candidates who explain achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in geothermal energy in their letters of interest. In addition, preference will be given to candidates who understand NBMG’s role as the state geological survey of Nevada, especially to those who can articulate a plan of how NBMG can better serve stakeholders (citizens, government, and industry) on issues related to geothermal resources.

Salary and Date of Appointment: The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment at the associate professor level with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities. Starting date will be July 1, 2015 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

Application: Please submit a letter expressing your interest in the position, research plans; names, e-mail, postal addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references; a complete vita; and electronic copies of up to three of your publications to https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/16685. Application deadline is March 1, 2015. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu).

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

RESEARCH GEOLOGIST/STRATIGRAPHER - INDIANA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY

The Indiana Geological Survey, a research institute of Indiana University, seeks applications for a research geologist / stratigrapher to perform geologic mapping and basic and applied research related to the bedrock stratigraphy of the State of Indiana. Significant duties include participation in the USGS-sponsored STATEMAP projects. Masters degree (Ph.D preferred), publications record, and 3 years’ experience required. Salary range $50-60 K with ample University benefits package. Complete job posting is on the IGS Website (igs.indiana.edu). Application deadline is March 5, 2015, with an anticipated starting date of July 1, 2015.

SURVEY DIRECTOR AND STATE GEOLOGIST - WISCONSIN GEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY SURVEY - UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-EXTENSION

Madison, Wisconsin, is home to the State Capitol, the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System, and the Wisconsin Geological Survey. Surrounded by lakes, our bike-friendly college town is a vibrant hub of art, music, local foods, and outdoor activities. Our city consistently ranks as a top place to live, work, and play.

The University of Wisconsin–Extension (an EEO/AA employer) is seeking a PhD-level geoscientist to serve as Survey Director and State Geologist. The Survey employs 26 professionals and has an average annual budget of $2 million dollars.  Our academic atmosphere, focus on research and outreach, and compact size set the WGNHS apart from most geological research organizations. A complete position description is available at: http://WisconsinGeologicalSurvey.org/jobs. Application deadline: March 3, 2015.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR - NEOTECTONICS (TENURE-TRACK)

The Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology (NBMG) at the University of Nevada, Reno seeks applicants with expertise in neotectonics and Quaternary geology. Nevada is one of the most exciting regions in the world to conduct research in the geosciences, particularly in the fields of neotectonics and geologic hazards.

Position Responsibilities: The primary responsibilities of this position will be to develop programs in research and education in the field of neotectonics with emphasis on paleoseismic and earthquake hazard research in Nevada and the surrounding region. Research will focus on landscape evolution primarily as it relates to Quaternary faulting, utilizing innovative approaches, such as LiDAR, to conduct detailed geologic mapping and dating of Quaternary units and surfaces. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to the development of datasets and reports on Nevada’s Quaternary faults and seismic activity, including periodic assessments and syntheses of hazards facing its major cities and infrastructure. Education will include teaching courses in the successful candidate’s area of expertise, such as neotectonics, geologic hazards, and Quaternary geology in the Department of Geological Sciences and Engineering and supervising graduate students. Research and educational efforts will involve integrated multi-departmental (e.g. Nevada Seismological Laboratory) and multi-institutional efforts, with scientists from academia, industry, other institutions, and government labs. The successful candidate will be asked to communicate effectively with the public and community leaders regarding natural hazards in Nevada and coordinate mitigation and response efforts with local and federal emergency management agencies.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctorate in geology or a related geoscience field by the time of hire and a demonstrated record of research on topics related to neotectonics as indicated by dissertation research, industry experience, and/or peer-reviewed publications. Excellent communication skills, as demonstrated in written application materials; commitment to public service; potential for, or established record of publications; and ability to attract funding are essential. The successful candidate must also have the ability to develop and coordinate programs and work in teams to accomplish major goals.

Preference will be given to candidates with academic or industry experience in neotectonics. Expertise in paleoseismology (e.g. trenching), surficial processes, Quaternary dating techniques, LiDAR, and/or InSAR will be valued. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated research productivity with publications in peer-reviewed literature. The successful candidate will compete for funding from a variety of sources, including federal agencies interested in fundamental and applied geoscience research (e.g., NSF, USGS, Department of Energy, and Bureau of Land Management) and industry. Therefore, preference will be given to candidates who explain achievable plans for funded research on Nevada-focused topics in neotectonics in their letters of interest. In addition, preference will be given to candidates who understand the role of NBMG as the state geological survey of Nevada and can articulate how NBMG can better serve stakeholders (citizens, government, and industry) on issues related to geologic hazards.

Salary and Date of Appointment: The position will be a tenure-track faculty appointment at the assistant professor level with an academic-year base salary that is competitive with other research universities. Starting date will be July 1, 2015 or shortly thereafter, depending on availability of the successful candidate.

To apply, please visit: https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/16813. Please submit a letter expressing your interest in the position and research plans; names, e-mail addresses, postal addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references; a complete curriculum vitae; and electronic copies of up to three of your publications to http://jobs.unr.edu/. Application deadline is March 10, 2015. For further information about NBMG, please consult our website (http://www.nbmg.unr.edu).

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. The University of Nevada employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women and under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

SCIENCE WRITING SUMMER INTERNSHIP - EARTH MAGAZINE

EARTH Magazine is your source for the science behind the headlines, covering the latest happenings in Earth, energy and environment news. Combine your love of science and passion for writing with a science writing internship at EARTH this summer.

EARTH is currently accepting applications for the summer 2015 internship.

The intern will work as a full member of the EARTH staff for the summer. Tasks include: pitching and writing news, trends, profiles and feature articles for print; copyediting and proofreading; art research; writing news articles for EARTH online; and keeping up our social media presence. There is also the potential for illustration and multimedia work for the right candidate.

This internship is intended for young writers seeking careers in science writing. Preference is given to candidates pursuing or holding an advanced degree in journalism and with a background in science, especially earth science, or with an advanced degree in science and a strong background in journalism. Upperclassmen with strong science and writing backgrounds, as well as experienced writers transitioning to science writing are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will have a proven record of being self-motivated and entrepreneurial.

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $4,000 stipend. Starting date is flexible.

The successful candidate has the choice to complete the internship at EARTH’s headquarters at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Va., or remotely from his or her location of choice — anywhere in the U.S.

Send a résumé, three writing samples and a letter describing what you hope to gain from the internship and how your previous experience makes you most suitable for this position via email to:earth@earthmagazine.org

All applications must be received by March 13, 2015.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.
 

FACULTY OF SCIENCE - EARTH AND ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES - TENURED OR TENURE-TRACK POSITION IN STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY OR -ORGANIC GEOCHEMISTRY

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, invites applications for a full-time tenured or tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in either structural geology or organic geochemistry.

We are seeking an individual with expertise in the structural geology of sedimentary basins or with expertise in organic geochemistry applied to problems in petroleum systems. An applicant in the area of structural geology will preferably have experience in interpretation of seismic data.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in either structural geology or organic geochemistry and have an established research program in an academic or industrial setting in one of these areas. Applicants must have a track record of publications, the potential for attracting external funding to support their research program, and experience in teaching advanced industry or post-graduate courses.

For detailed information see: http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/A107924023/.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.

 

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EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is an opportunity for select students and inexperienced writers to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story about recent scientific research, and to get professionally edited and published clips. Most of our externs have backgrounds studying science — particularly geoscience-related fields relevant to EARTH's typical content — and are interested in potentially pursuing science writing as a part- or full-time career option. But EARTH welcomes applicants of all backgrounds who are interested in sharing what's new in earth science with a broad audience. We typically work with three or four externs at any given time, but we regularly rotate in new writers as positions come open.

If you are selected as an EARTH extern, the position is essentially an as-you're-available writing opportunity. In any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write." Then, either we can assign you a story or you can pitch stories to us — it's up to you. If you've got a great idea for a story and would like practice pitching your idea to an editor, you're encouraged to do so. On the other hand, if you'd prefer that we provide you with an assignment — as is the case with many first-time externs, for example — that's fine too.

Our extern-written stories typically cover a recent, peer-reviewed scientific study or report, and include quotes about the study from multiple expert sources — obtained via first-person interviews — just as a professional news story would. Before your first assignment, we'll provide guidance about the general style, tone and structure of the news stories we publish in EARTH to help get you started. And then we'll work with you through the writing and editorial process. You're encouraged to ask questions, and you're welcome write as frequently or infrequently as works for you and the magazine's editorial staff.

The externship is a remote position; you can work from any location and at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll generally have one to two weeks to research, report and write it before turning it in. (We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when determining your availability to write.) Once edited and finalized, extern-written stories are posted on EARTH's website as soon as possible. Select extern-written pieces may also appear in a print issue of the magazine. Publication, either online and/or in print, is subject to the discretion of the editorial staff and is not guaranteed. The externship is unpaid.

If you're interested in the experience, email a cover letter discussing your interest in the geosciences and why you'd make a great extern at EARTH, your resume or CV, and at least one writing sample to earth@earthmagazine.org to apply.

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