The American Meteorological Society is seeking an Associate Editor focused on creating content for our membership magazine, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (BAMS), social media, and related communications. The Associate Editor works both independently and in continual teamwork as part of the BAMS team in the AMS Publications Department.
The Associate Editor interacts with a wide variety of scientists, authors, and volunteers across the AMS community. Through BAMS and other AMS communications channels, the Associate Editor’s work reaches multiple audiences, including research scientists, weather forecasters, teachers, the media, weather enthusiasts, and the public. Therefore, the position requires proven communication skills, especially in writing, editing, proofreading, and interviewing; strong interpersonal skills; and scientific understanding, particularly in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences or related fields.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
● Editing and occasionally rewriting BAMS article adaptations for print publication.
● Contributing original and promoting adaptive content for the AMS blog, The Front Page.
● Producing multimedia content for The Front Page, YouTube, and other platforms.
● Partnering with the BAMS staff to ensure timely production of monthly content.
● Performing other duties necessary to contribute to the overall success of BAMS.
The ideal candidate will have:
● Strong familiarity with, fluency in, and enthusiasm for weather, climate, and atmospheric, oceanic, and related sciences, including a demonstrated ability to use the scientific literature; a degree in the atmospheric and oceanic sciences or related sciences is preferred but is not required.
● 4-6 years of experience in communicating about science to nonspecialists—in traditional mass media and/or blogging, social media, public outreach, and teaching—both verbally and visually.
· Demonstrated skill in identifying and formulating interesting stories (especially in science), refining storytelling, gathering facts and anecdotes from varied sources including technical information; and above all writing accurately, clearly, concisely, and engagingly on deadline.
· Demonstrated ability to plan and produce content for multiple media formats, including text, audio, video, and animation as well as data visualization and mapmaking; editing videos, podcasts, slideshows, and interactive graphics, preferably with comfort on and/or behind the camera/microphone in hands-on production.
· Experience with Audacity, GarageBand, WordPress, and Zoom.
● Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other communicators and with scientists.
This is a full-time position and salary will be commensurate with experience. We offer a comprehensive benefits package including generous health, dental, and vision coverage. AMS also offers a superior retirement plan. While all staff are temporarily remote due to the pandemic, this position may be on-site in our Boston office when we reopen this fall or can be a hybrid or remote work arrangement.
Founded in 1919, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) is the nation’s premier scientific and professional organization promoting and disseminating information about the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. Our more than 11,000 members include scientists, researchers, educators, broadcast meteorologists, students, weather enthusiasts, and other professionals in the fields of weather, water, and climate. The AMS community shares knowledge, improves technology, promotes understanding, and disseminates science to ensure that our planet—and the people on it—can thrive.
What to expect
We understand the application and interview process is an investment for candidates; you are trusting us with your time, so we will do our best to make it as smooth as possible for you and work with your schedule. We review each application and will usually be in touch via email within a few weeks if we think there might be a fit. AMS intakes applications through our ADP applicant portal; click here to apply. Please include a resume, cover letter, links to samples of your writing and other communications work, and salary requirements. The interview process is structured to allow us to get to know you and for you to get to know us. This generally consists of a resume screen, an initial introductory interview, and may include a written communication exercise, as well as an opportunity to meet with team members. AMS prioritizes the health and safety of our staff and interviewees, and as most employees are temporarily remote due to the pandemic, initial interviews will likely take place virtually. Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.
It is the policy of the American Meteorological Society to provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment based solely upon the individual’s qualifications and ability to perform the work assigned, without regard to any personal identity, status, or condition. These include, but are not limited to the following: race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, veteran status, gender identity and expression, national origin, genetic information, and sexual orientation.
For more information about AMS, its programs, publications, and events, please visit: www.ametsoc.org.