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Jobs at AGI


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 through regular reports.  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 fall.  Tasks will include selected research and analysis projects, data entry, quality control of new data, and database management for various projects run within the Workforce Program. 

This internship will allow for thought and creativity related to statistical analyses and data presentation.  AGI’s Geoscience Student Exit Survey project has been collecting data from recent geoscience graduates in the U.S. for the past three years, and this year the survey was distributed to two other countries.  The intern will help with comparative analyses of the data between the three countries.

This internship is intended for students pursuing a master’s degree or students that recently graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree with experience in data collection, statistical analysis, human subjects research, and/or database management.  Strong communication and teamwork skills are required.

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend.  The preferred starting date would be on or after September 12th.  The internship is located at 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 a resume with a cover letter describing how your experience will help you in this position. Please also include names and contact information for two references via email to, with the subject heading “Fall Workforce Data Internship.”

All applications must be received by July 1, 2016. All applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Wilson, Geoscience Workforce Data Analyst, at

The American Geosciences Institute is an equal opportunity employer.


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has an immediate opening for a Policy Associate to work in our Geoscience Policy program communicating timely policy information to the geoscience community. This is a full-time position based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, Va., with some time spent on Capitol Hill.  

Primary duties and responsibilities include: producing and editing the Geoscience Policy Monthly Review, a web-based digest of legislation and policy developments in geoscience-related issues; handling logistics for Congressional visits, internship and fellowship programs; contributing content to our website and social media platforms; and supporting the work of the Geoscience Policy program through monitoring , analyzing, and reporting on appropriations bills, legislation, and policy developments in geoscience-related issues as needed.

Candidates must be able to work collaboratively and tactfully with AGI staff and many external stakeholders; have exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; and have a strong interest in federal-level policy issues. Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s or Ph.D. a plus. Geoscience background and experience dealing with federal policy strongly preferred. Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States.

To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, names and contact information for three references in a single document to, listing “Geoscience Policy Associate” in the subject line. Review will begin on 1 May 2016; the position will remain open until filled. AGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information on the Geoscience Policy program, see

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 250,000 members. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information service to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests among geoscience professionals, plays a major role in strengthening geoscience education at all levels, 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.

Education Programs Manager

The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) is seeking a candidate for the position of “Education Programs Manager” who is enthusiastic about the potential of Earth and space science (geoscience) education to improve people’s lives and enhance their interactions with the Earth. The Education Programs Manager will work with the Director of Education and Outreach and other AGI staff to contribute to the operation of AGI’s many, varied education-related projects, including program design, scheduling, budgeting, review, enhancement, creation, and record-keeping. Established abilities to work with teachers, informal educators, and/or the public would be an asset, as would skills in developing educational materials and conducting programming for those audiences. In that most of the department’s programs are designed to support K-12 teachers, some level of training related to school contexts and concerns is essential—training and experience as a classroom teacher would be a plus, but is not required. Knowledge of one or more fields in the geosciences (e.g., geology, meteorology, oceanography) would also be very useful in this work. Skills with Microsoft productivity tools (e.g., Word, Excel) are also helpful.

The Education Programs Manager will work on a team that affects education at local, national, and international levels. While this position will be housed in the Department of Education and Outreach, AGI’s collaborative work environment may also call for interaction with projects across AGI departments, and in AGI’s Center for Geoscience and Society. Entry level and early career professionals with appropriate work experience and training will be considered, along with more experienced candidates, especially those who are shifting between career tracks. AGI offers a flexible and dynamic working environment that is ideal for learning and applying diverse skills. The position calls for some travel and work on weekends (e.g., for public events). The Education Programs Manager will be housed in AGI’s main office, 4220 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Qualified candidates must submit a single e-mail with a cover letter that addresses the qualifications given above, a resume, and contact information for three references to Ed Robeck, Director of Education and Outreach. Information about salary requirements would also be helpful. Please submit these items in a single e-mail with the subject line “Education Programs Manager Application” to . Applicants are encouraged to learn more about AGI ( AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

AGI is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 250,000 geoscience professionals. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests, 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, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.


The Search Committee invites applications for the position of Executive Director for the American Geosciences Institute (AGI).

The Executive Director conducts the affairs of the Institute, with direction from the Executive Committee, including administering all planning and policies, supervising AGI staff and coordinating the various activities, projects and programs of the Institute. The Executive Director maintains and fosters relationships with the officers and administrators of the 51 AGI member societies, international and regional associates, and with other geosciences and science-related organizations in addition to academia, government agencies, and industry representatives.

The ideal candidate will be an established scientist who has demonstrated leadership and vision in their field; possesses proven senior management and budgetary experience and excellent interpersonal skills; and has a record of success as a fundraiser for not-for-profits. The successful applicant must have the ability to communicate effectively across the scientific community, academia, industry, government and the public.

An earth sciences background is highly desirable.  An advanced degree is preferred.  The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to the Washington, DC area and willing to fulfill the demands of frequent travel.

A Position Description is available at

Interested persons are invited to submit a resume, an expression of interest, and a list of five references.  Submission may be made by email to or by mail to the address below. Review of applications will begin April 2016.

Chair, Search Committee
American Geosciences Institute
4220 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22302

Applications and inquiries will receive confidential consideration. AGI is an equal-opportunity employer.

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 to apply.