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CIRES/ NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, Science Communication and Outreach Specialist

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) invites applications for a full-time Science Communication and Outreach Specialist working in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML). This position will work closely with all GML research divisions to develop communication products that tell engaging stories about the science and outreach activities GML conducts to inform NOAA, agency partners, policymakers, customers, and the public. The Communication and Outreach Specialist will be located in the David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Global Monitoring Laboratory:

The mission of GML is to provide high-quality, long-term records of atmospheric composition and surface radiation in a manner that allows drivers of long-term weather and climate change affecting oceans and land to be tracked and understood. This requires not only monitoring, but also evaluation, analysis, and publication of results. It requires active engagement with partners at all levels and communication within NOAA and to external partners, other federal agencies, and to the Hill. Today, GML works with 67 countries around the world to obtain and analyze data, and has representatives on a number of national and international advisory groups and governing bodies. GML maintains field stations around the U.S. and the world, including our baseline observatories at Mauna Loa, HI; American Samoa; Utqiagvik, AK, and the South Pole.

GML website:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Manage the public face of GML, lead weekly coordination and development of scientific hot items and content for briefs to the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research OAR Senior Management.
  • Build and sustain important partnerships, communicate key information to GML customers, and reach out to the community, including audiences from policy makers to international partners to the general public.
  • Work with GML scientists/partners to build and write key content to promote and disseminate information about GML science, data, and tools, and highlight major accomplishments.
  • Translate climate information, scientific findings, and results to inform and facilitate its use among our partners to develop short synthesis documents and press releases, when appropriate.
  • Emphasize the relevance and impact of GML activities in communication efforts that target our key audiences: OAR, NOAA, Department of Commerce DOC, agency partners, policymakers, partners, the public.
  • Work with the GML team to develop content for current communications platforms, including the GML website, social media, and webinars.
  • Help to further refine and advance the GML communications strategy.
  • Engage and collaborate with communication specialists within the broader CIRES, OAR, and NOAA networks.

What You Should Know

  • This is a full-time, 40 hours per week position. This position offers full benefits. For questions about the position or general information contact Don Neff (
  • Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $50,000 - $85,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s degree within a related field, such as atmospheric science, climatology, geography, the physical sciences, science communications, or others.
  • Experience in working with interdisciplinary and diverse teams.
  • Experience in working and communicating with non-academic audiences and engaging with partner communities.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent written and oral science communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, outstanding organizational skills, and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent technical skills (e.g., design, social media). Proficiency in document applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint (or equivalents) and shared document tools (e.g., Google docs/sheets).
  • Knowledge of earth system science (e.g., atmospheric science, climatology, environmental science, meteorology, oceanography) terminology, principles, and methodology.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, using effective collaboration and networking skills.
  • Ability to be flexible, multi-task, and meet short-term deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize large bodies of literature and prepare written summaries.
  • A proactive approach and demonstrated willingness and ability to take initiative.
  • Experience, or strong interest, in graphic design and/or creating compelling spatial data visualizations (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, ArcGIS StoryMaps, Leaflet, Plotly).

What We Would Like You To Have

  • A graduate degree or relevant prior experience in the fields of science communications.
  • Willingness to reach out beyond GML to interact with other communications, education, and outreach leads.
  • Willingness to serve as a mentor or supervisor of GML interns or detailees. Interest in international communications and engagement to ensure GML’s international partnerships remain strong; willingness to travel.
  • Experience with web development and/or social media marketing and outreach. Experience using online meeting platforms (e.g., Google Meet, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Microsoft Teams). Skill with geographic information systems.
  • Interest in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusivity in all relevant engagements.
  • Strong enthusiasm for NOAA and GML science. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position (maximum 2 pages).
  3. List of contact information for three references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.
  4. Please combine in one document two examples of communication products you have created (e.g., publications, blog stories, websites, research summaries, translated data graphic). Please note that if you are selected for an interview, you may be required to submit an additional work sample, TBD.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Review of applications will start immediately and will remain posted until the finalists have been identified.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Don Neff

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