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Jobs at AGI


The American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has an immediate opening for a Program Associate to work in our Educational Resources Network program in the Center for Geoscience and Society. This is a one-year full-time position based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, Va. The position has the potential of renewal.

We seek candidates who are enthusiastic about promoting the importance of the geosciences to diverse audiences, and have experience with or strong interest in K-12 Earth science education. The Program Associate will carry out a wide range of duties including assisting with program management, curriculum materials development, and designing creative ways to extend geoscience awareness across all sectors of society (i.e. including industries and businesses who may not realize the role that geoscience plays in their work). The Program Associate will also monitor and create geoscience-based content for the Center for Geoscience and Society website, build strong audience participation in the program, and serve all the needs of the developing Education Resource Network.

Candidates must be able to work tactfully with AGI staff and many external partner organizations and stakeholders, as well as schedule time, tasks, and projects effectively. The position will call for willingness and ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and will require performance of a range of functions as needed by projects. The candidate will also need to demonstrate strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Proficiency with workplace software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other widely used applications is necessary. Additional computer abilities such as in social media, basic website development, and online research will be very useful.  

This position requires at least a bachelor’s degree in an education or a geoscience field with substantial experience in the other area. Evidence of advanced study (e.g., at the master’s degree level or higher) in geoscience, education, science communication, and/or curriculum development will be preferred. Experience in public outreach, event management, and/or science communication is a plus. Some travel may be required. Candidates must already be eligible to work in the United States.

To apply: Please submit one Word or PDF document that includes a cover letter, resume, names and contact information for three references, and salary expectations to, listing “Center for Geoscience and Society Program Associate” in the subject line. Reviews will begin January 18, 2016. The position will remain open until filled. AGI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information on the AGI, see For more information about the Center for Geoscience and Society, see Questions can be sent to Ed Robeck, Director of the Center for Geoscience and Society, at

The American Geosciences Institute is a nonprofit federation of geoscientific and professional associations that represent more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other geoscientists. Founded in 1948, AGI provides information services to geoscientists, serves as a voice of shared interests in the 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, resiliency to natural hazards, and interaction with the environment.

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.