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The Morton Arboretum-Science and Conservation Communications Intern-Fri, 12/14/2018 - 2:04pm

Science and Conservation Communications Intern


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53
Lisle , IL 60532

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Job Description 

Develop content and key messages for specified programs and science communications for the Science and Conservation department. Assist in organization and prioritization of information, depending on audience. Specific programs include the Chicago Region Tree Initiative, which works toward improving the urban forest throughout the Chicago region, and ArbNet, a worldwide network of tree-focused gardens and practitioners.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
● Physical Demands: Work requires some physical activity: sitting for extended periods of time.
● Work Environment: Office environment.
● Equipment: General office equipment.

Duties & Responsibilities 

● Synthesize information and write messaging appropriate for broadening the program’s reach and fostering partnerships related to the program.
● Assess the needs of a specified audience and frame content appropriately.
● Organize and prioritize content for the web and/or newsletters, etc. May also update and maintain spreadsheets, migrate information to existing web pages, and update web resources.
● Conduct basic research related to program area.
● May review ArbNet applications and make recommendations.
● May assist with database entry and maintenance.
● Attend meetings related to specified program.
● Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience 

Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, conservation, environmental policy, botany, biology, or a related science, or working toward such a degree, or similar professional experience required. Consideration for applicants with degrees in Communication or English with a strong background in science. Strong organizational and independent working skills required. Ability to conduct library research required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications beneficial, and experience with contact databases and website management may be helpful.

Success Factors:
Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills. Familiar with academic and scientific literature and research databases. Eager to learn. Interest in the mission of The Morton Arboretum and a passion for trees. Ability to read and understand scientific literature and peer-review articles and synthesize and translate key messages to a variety of audiences. Ability to use database, spreadsheet, or other programming skills, and proficiency with internet research. Organization, critical thinking, and creativity skills are essential. Ability to work independently and as part of a team to further the mission of The Morton Arboretum.

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The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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