Opportunity: Managing Science Editor

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology Center for Conservation Media is seeking a Managing Science Editor (MSE) to produce science-based storytelling and analysis media. This opportunity is a great fit for those with experience in researching and synthesizing complex scientific information, and WILDLABS members with a background in acoustic monitoring will have a solid understanding of much of the The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's work.

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Date published: 2021/05/20

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Center for Conservation Media is a full-scale media production and communication strategy group, specializing in ‘broadcast quality’ science-based content -- documentary films, explanatory media, data visualizations, educational materials, and social media – that is designed to support scientific institutions, conservation practitioners, local communities, and organizations around the world in order to impact priority environmental issues that are integral to sustaining species, ecosystems, and human livelihoods. The Lab is committed to fostering a healthy workplace that values diverse perspectives and backgrounds. The Lab welcomes staff who are still learning in their careers and who are motivated to take on new challenges.

We are seeking a Managing Science Editor (MSE) who will work with the Center director, respective project leaders, and staff story researcher to produce science-based storytelling and analysis media of the highest caliber.

In collaboration with project leaders, the MSE supervises and manages the topical and scientific research associated with projects including investigation of subjects for production; establishment of relationships with external researchers, organizations, and government agencies; creation of story research briefs and grant proposals for individual projects and multi-year initiatives, and adherence to editorial Standards & Practices.

Core responsibilities also include:

  • Serving as the unit’s science editor, providing upfront analysis of scientific publications and ensuring factual accuracy and culturally appropriate treatment of subject matter across all productions.
  • Supervise production practices to ensure fairness and balance to project subject matter, and the clear and accurate explanation of science and presentation of expert perspective.

Required Qualifications:

We are seeking a highly motivated person with a bachelor’s degree in the field of biological or conservation sciences, or science journalism/communication and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a professional capacity in one of the aforementioned fields.

This person will have extensive experience in researching and synthesizing complex scientific information and communicating for a wide range of audiences. They will hold high competency with and command of the English language, write concisely and comfortably with nuance, and be a highly capable and confident verbal presenter. They will have extensive experience mining primary source documents, data collections, and other relevant materials for “story” development, and annotating editorial content for public distribution. The person will have first-hand experience with contemporary uses of scientific information in explanatory media and storytelling and be able to interact with project leaders to shape effective media productions.

The MSE needs to be an agile, creative thinker who thrives off collaborative problem-solving while also serving as a supportive facilitator who can lead complex story research discussions into focused, actionable steps. The person we seek must be consistently proactive, reliable, and meet all deadlines related to their responsibilities and reflect an eagerness to simultaneously guide and serve project leaders and production teams in the execution of “greenlit” projects. To this end, the person we seek must have demonstrable success cultivating effective working relationships with colleagues, scientists, professionals and other external entities, possess very strong organizational practices, efficiently create and share information, and display use of sound and decisive judgment in accomplishing tasks that are deemed urgent or of a sensitive nature. They will have a successful background working in team dynamics, and thriving in an environment where adapting processes, procedures, and priorities to the needs of specific projects is to be expected.

Must have demonstrated ability for working collaboratively and inclusively. Proven ability to work in a team environment where cooperation between colleagues and flexibility to different styles and approaches is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or professional accomplishments in biological or conservation science. 10+ years professional experience in science journalism, communications. Extensive experience working in a science editor capacity or equivalent for a recognized national or international media platform. Extensive knowledge of bird species and landscape-scale conservation issues. 
  • Written and verbal fluency in Spanish.

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