Under the strategic direction of the Communications Manager, the Forestry Communications Specialist is responsible for ongoing, detailed coordination and tasks required to create content in conjunction with forestry experts, writers, editors, videographers, internal and external contractors and others. This position will distill complex scientific material from interviews and technical reports into engaging, compelling multimedia content to communicate with lay audiences. The communications specialist will create appropriate media products (including but not limited to feature articles for print and online publications, videos, podcasts, story maps, e-newsletters and social media posts) that further the mission of the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS). This position may also travel to events to take photos and video and will coordinate other projects as assigned.
This position operates out of the State Office of the CSFS in Fort Collins, Colorado, with the potential for flexible work arrangements, including remote work. Candidates interested in remote options must be able to travel to Fort Collins, the Denver area and/or other locations throughout Colorado periodically for staff meetings, etc.
Required Job Qualifications
• A bachelor’s degree in Journalism, Media Communications or similar communications program, OR Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Forestry or other agency-aligned degrees, along with a background or experience in communications, also will be considered.
• At least two years of experience in content creation for various audiences, as a professional writer/editor, video producer, multimedia producer, website author, audio producer, social media manager or a combination of those.
• Experience with Microsoft Office (i.e. Word and Outlook) and Adobe Creative Suite (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro).
• The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the United States before the employment start date; Colorado State Forest Service will not sponsor a visa for this position.