The successful candidate will join the Horning Lab in the Science Department. This research group currently focuses on topics including Steller sea lion reproduction and survival, movement ecology, and telemetry tag development. This spring, the lab will also be starting a new collaborative project aimed at understanding the elusive and enigmatic Pacific Sleeper Shark.
Fellow(s) for this project will work with the research team to develop outreach and communication materials for various research programs. Primarily, we are interested in developing a story map (a combination of GIS data, narrative text, images, and multimedia to convey a story) and a new project website. These products will be used to communicate the importance of our research, and to engage and inspire the public. The focus of the fellows’ time on either the story map or the website project will depend on their own interests and skills.
During their fellowship, applicants will learn about various telemetry devices used to study the survival of animals at sea, animal movement, and behaviour and have the opportunity to network with shark and marine mammal biologists. She/he will gain experience using various web and software platforms to enhance effective science communication. The fellow(s) will develop creativity, organization, communication, and data management skills.
Under guidance, fellow(s) will be expected to:
Utilize large spatial datasets, images, media, and videos to develop online scientific communication materials
Develop narrative text that highlights research, analyses, and conservation messaging.
Incorporate information from internal and external sources
Work independently, but as part of the broader research team
At the conclusion of the fellowship, present findings to ASLC community
Commit to 40hrs a week/ minimum of 12 weeks
Assist with other duties relating to the Center’s goals and mission statement as required
Education: Minimum of B.Sc in Biological sciences (or other related field: Marine Biology, Zoology, Fisheries, Conservation Science, etc.), Education/Communication, or Graphic Design. Position is open to graduate students and/or recent Masters’ degree graduates.
Skills: Successful candidates will be team players and effective communicators. Due to the variety of products the fellow(s) may work on—we are looking for candidates with any combination of: (1) experience with geographic information systems (ESRI ArcGIS) and ability to work with mapping programs. (2) A background in science communication (blogging, story maps, teaching, etc.), (3) experience with operating WordPress blogs and websites.
Applicants do not need to have all of these skills to be successful, but should note how they want to develop specific skills during their training at the ASLC.
Deadline to submit applications for the Winter Fellowship is 5 pm AK time on October 31st.
Carefully review all of the requirements and instructions
Complete the application for no more than 2 positions. Be sure to provide us with the best e-mail and phone number for contacting you.
If you are applying for 2 fellowships you must complete an application for each one.
Upload the required additional information to your application
1 Letter of Reference
If application is incomplete it will not be considered.
Applicants must be college graduates or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university with a background or coursework in a related field.
Applicants must have the ability to understand and follow written and oral instruction, have excellent communication skills, and good organizational skills with attention to detail.
Applicants must possess the ability to adapt to an ever-changing work environment, and be available weekends, evenings and holidays.
Public speaking skills, a familiarity with video equipment and software, and experience with education programs are highly encouraged.
For many fellowships applicants should be agile with a good sense of balance in order to maneuver around exhibits and holding areas.
These Fellowships are unpaid.
Participation in program for 40 hours per week
Requires a minimum commitment of 10-12 weeks.
College credit can be earned but must be arranged by you and your college
Fellows responsible for meals and travel expenses
Foreign students must obtain a J-1 visa to participate