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The Morton Arboretum-Science and Conservation Communications Intern-Fri, 01/05/2018 - 5:05pm

Science and Conservation Communications Intern


The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle
Lisle , IL 60532

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Job Description 

Position Summary:
Write content and develop key messages for specified programs of the Science and Conservation department. This position may also update and maintain spreadsheets, tag resources, migrate data to existing web pages, and update web resources. 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 

Essential Functions:
• Synthesize information and write content appropriate for broadening the program’s reach and fostering partnerships related to the program.
• Organize web content and develop searchable resources to make them web accessible.
• May assist with database entry and maintenance.
• May conduct basic research related to program area.
• 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 Suite and Google applications beneficial, and experience with Drupal may be helpful.

Success Factors:
Strong written and oral communication skills. Familiar with academic and scientific literature and research databases. 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 skills are essential.

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

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