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Science Writer, Editor, and Communicator

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Natural Hazards Center Science Writer, Editor, and Communicator is a full-time professional position at the Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder. This start date for this position is August 1, 2024. 

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 Natural Hazards Center is a National Science Foundation-funded information clearinghouse for the societal dimensions of hazards and disasters. We are an institution committed to creating a center of gravity for the hazards and disaster community. We care deeply about facilitating scientific and practice-oriented connections because we recognize that we are all living at risk, we are all interconnected, and we must all play a role in effectively responding to 21st century social and environmental challenges. Everything we do at the Center is informed by a justice and equity approach and our core values are focused on our commitment to human dignity, collective well-being, scientific understanding, sustainable hazards mitigation, and environmental stewardship. For more information about the history, vision, and mission of the Center, please see:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Content Creation:

  • Generate high-quality written content, including web content, reports, news releases, social media posts, and other Center publications that communicate scientific concepts to both academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Collaborate with researchers to transform technical information into engaging narratives for diverse communication channels.
  • Stay informed about the latest developments in the research field and translate them into accessible and compelling stories for a large and broad readership.


  • Oversee and maintain the editorial process for all Center publications, ensuring clarity and adherence to academic standards.
  • Collaborate with researchers and practitioners to refine and enhance written content for various formats, including articles, reports, and news releases.
  • Conduct thorough proofreading, copy editing, and content review to maintain the accuracy and credibility of Center publications and other materials, such as those related to our annual Natural Hazards Workshop.
  • Ensure that all Center materials are edited and produced consistently, adhering to current APA style guides.

Science Communication:

  • Develop and implement a comprehensive science communication strategy to disseminate research findings effectively through various channels—web, social media, online, and in-person.
  • Create engaging and accessible social media content that translates complex scientific concepts into easily understandable language.
  • Use multimedia tools to incorporate visual elements and enhance the overall impact of communication efforts.

Collaboration and Training:

  • Collaborate with internal teams, researchers, and external partners to ensure a cohesive and consistent communication approach.
  • Provide training and guidance to researchers on effective science communication strategies.
  • Stay updated on trends and emerging communication tools to continuously improve the Center’s outreach and communication efforts.
  • Train, mentor, and coordinate undergraduate and graduate research assistants in Center communication standards.

Media Relations:

  • Build and maintain relationships with journalists, media outlets, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Assist Center leaders in crafting messages and expert insights as they engage with the media around key research projects, events, and ongoing activities.
  • Proactively identify opportunities for media engagement and outreach.

Public Engagement:

  • Develop and implement strategies to engage the public through social media, presentations, webinars, and other platforms to promote Center activities in a timely manner.
  • Continue to build a robust and diverse network and engage frequently with Center partners and affiliates.
  • Develop and maintain communication channels with the academic community, policymakers, practitioners, and other external partners.
  • Respond to inquiries from the public and media, providing accurate and accessible information about the Center's research activities. 

What You Should Know

If you are passionate about both written and spoken communication of cutting-edge hazards and disaster research and practice, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity at our university-based hazards and disaster research center. We are especially interested in hiring someone with expertise related to hazards, disasters, climate, and/or the environment. 

What We Can Offer

Salary Range: $50,000 to $65,000 conmmensurate with education and professional experience. This position also comes with a generous benefits package through the University of Colorado Boulder, including health care, retirement, and personal leave.


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


  • Bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in a field such as journalism, communications, environmental science, sociology, or a related discipline
  • Minimum of five years’ experience reporting, writing, and/or editing in a professional setting
  • Experience with research and writing in the field of hazards and disasters (preferred) or environmental science or climate change more generally
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, with the ability to distill complex scientific information for diverse audiences
  • Proven experience writing and editing in APA format
  • Strong understanding of multimedia content creation and dissemination
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to convey complex scientific concepts in an accessible manner in both written and spoken form
  • Demonstrated success in media relations and public outreach
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders, including researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and the public
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary, fast-paced research environment

What You Will Need

Advanced knowledge and demonstrated experience using:

  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), Seventh Edition Style Guide
  • Microsoft Office Tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft Office Web Apps)
  • Social Media Platforms (X, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, TikTok, etc.)
  • Adobe Acrobat
  • Canva
  • Slack 

What We Would Like You to Have

Preferred Skills or Experience Include:

  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Wordpress
  • Website Content Management
  • Event Planning
  • Salesforce
  • Team Gantt (or other project management software)

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. PDF Sample of Work
  4. List of References (Used for Phone Reference Checks)
  5. Optional: Portfolio URL/Link
  6. Optional: Professional Publications
  7. Optional: Writing Sample(s)

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.

Please apply by 5/31/24 for consideration.

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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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