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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 (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:

The American Geosciences Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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

All applications must be received by March 13, 2015.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is essentially an as-you-can or as-you-feel-like-it writing opportunity for select students or inexperienced science writers. It is an opportunity for you to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story and for you to get published clips. It fits around your schedule. We work with up to three students at a time.

If you are chosen to be an EARTH extern, in any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write this week." Then, either you can pitch stories to us — which we would love if you feel confident in making pitches or would at least like the practice (most students don't, or don't have the time to comb the literature looking for stories) — or we can assign you a story. That is up to you. If you'd like to pitch ideas, go for it.

If you'd like us to assign you ideas, email us when you're ready for an assignment. We'll go from there. You can write as frequently or infrequently as works for you.

You can perform this work from your location, at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll have anywhere from a few days to two weeks to turn it around once it's assigned. We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when you tell us when you're ready to write.

Being a monthly news magazine, we obviously work on a monthly schedule. We usually assign stories for print mid-month and they're due a week or two later, with edits to follow. If you are not free when those news stories are due, then we will work around your schedule and will most likely post your stories to our website rather than put them in print (they may still appear in print as well though — at our discretion). There is also no guarantee of publication.

Whether for print or the website, you'll get published clips, professionally edited, and we will work with you throughout the process, helping you to hone your craft. We do not pay for clips as we consider this an educational opportunity for you.

If you're interested in the experience, email your resume, a cover letter, and at least one writing sample to