Jobs at AGI

Spring Geoscience Policy Internship

The American Geosciences Institute seeks outstanding geoscience and geo-related engineering students with a strong interest in federal science policy for our spring Geoscience Policy Internship. 
  • Represent the geoscience community in Washington, DC
  • Gain first-hand understanding of legislative processes and the operation of executive branch agencies
  • Hone your writing and web publishing skills
  • 14-week internship, $5,500 stipend
  • Start date negotiable
For more information contact us at Apply online by November 1 at


The Technology Manager is responsible for a wide array of tech related duties at AGI. The duties range from programming, web-design and maintenance, and database management to general IT troubleshooting and system installs to systems administration and networking. The Technology Manager helps AGI run more smoothly utilizing appropriate technological tools. They also are expected to bring new ideas and direction to keep AGI relevant and increasingly efficient and innovative.

The Technology Manager works under the Director of Technology but is expected to be able to work independently with the confidence and ability to make impactful decisions. The person will work closely with departments to identify opportunities and then develop systems integration programs, collaborate on writing programs for process management, data harvesting and Q/C, as well as automation of IT tasks. The person will also work closely with the communications staff on social media endeavors and across the institute related to website development.


  • End user support and troubleshooting
  • Programming for task automation, systems integration, and data mining and harvesting
  • External website and document scraping for GeoRef.
  • Website and database content creation.
  • Website maintenance tasks
  • Interfacing with APIs for a variety of purposes both internal and external to provide tight systems integration. Examples include Social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), Google Admin, Watson IBM voice to text.     
  • Web Maintenance: AGI has ~10 websites that the Technology Manager will administer. The majority are Drupal 7 based. Tasks include:
  • Website Maintenance ranging from node cleanup to CSS, JS, and PHP editing.
  • Website content creation.
  • Assisting and teaching employees and interns on content creation.
  • SQL Database management
  • Choosing, purchasing and installing IT equipment
  • Semi-automated installation of Windows 10
  • Setting up PCs for employees
  • Troubleshooting daily IT needs of the company
  • Systems admin and networking
  • Working Knowledge of Linux, TCP-IP, VOIP, and Active Directory



  • B.S. degree or higher.  Degrees in geoscience or the phyiscal sciences a plus
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Ability to work independently and creative problem solving
  • Demonstrared experience with programming in python, C#, and/or PHP
  • Knowledge of database, website, PDF, etc parsing/scraping
  • Web management experience: CSS, HTML, Javascript, JQuery, PHP
  • Knowledge and experience with API interfacing


  • Working knowledge of Windows networking
  • Comfort with both Linux and Windows systems                   
  • Experience deploying systems
  • Any level of Systems administration experience

Salary commensurate with experience, full benefits provided, including health insurance and 403(b) plan.  To apply, please email with cover letter, resume, and salary requirements.  Please indicate “Tech Manager” in the subject.  Position open until filled. EOE.

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, 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.