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Diversity Programs Assistant
Posted: June 2020

Built on over 100 years of history, the Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a professional membership association of ecologists, with more than 9,000 scientists, researchers, decision-makers, policymakers, and educators dedicated to the science of ecology. We promote diversity in all areas of activity, including staffing, membership, leadership, committees, public engagement, our annual convention, and all other meetings.

Position: Part-time, temporary, 20-32 hours per week for one year.

Location: HQ in Washington DC. Teleworking is an option. Must have internet access.

Salary: This position will pay $15 an hour or the state-legislated minimum, whichever is greater.

Benefits: This position does not offer any benefits.

Reports to: Diversity Programs Manager

Job Description

With the gift of a generous donor, ESA is able to create a new part-time Diversity Programs Assistant position, ideal for a current undergraduate or a graduate student or someone in a gap year.

The Diversity Programs Assistant will assist program staff in developing and implementing the ESA SEEDS Campus Chapter program. SEEDS – Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS) – is the flagship education program of ESA which nurtures diverse underrepresented minority undergraduate students along the ecology career pathway.

Description of Duties

  • Assist in supporting SEEDS Chapters based at academic institutions across the US.
  • Assist in planning SEEDS regional field trips and conferences.
  • Assist in promoting SEEDS chapter participation in SEEDS program events and Chapter opportunities
  • Assist in expanding the SEEDS Campus Chapters to new campuses
  • Maintain correspondence with SEEDS Chapter students and faculty advisers
  • Update SEEDS Chapter Contacts list
  • Generate reports of chapter program activities
  • Works closely with all Education and Diversity Programs Department staff
  • Other duties as assigned.  


  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and to ecology or science education.
  • Well-organized, creative, outgoing and energetic individual.
  • Able to handle multiple tasks with attention to detail.
  • Able to work independently
  • Strong written, verbal and presentation communications skills.
  • Able to interact cooperatively and effectively with staff, students, advisers, and other professionals.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products
  • Able to drive 15-passenger van at SEEDS events as needed.
  • Occasional travel required


  • Interest in ecology, field or environmental sciences
  • Completed some ecology-relevant college level course work
  • Experience with SEEDS Chapter or SEEDS events (alumni) is desirable
  • Experience with social media and websites a plus
  • Experience with outreach desirable

Application Instructions

Please email a cover letter and resume, combined in one PDF or MS Word file, to gro.asenull@sreerac with “Diversity Programs Assistant” in the subject line.  In your cover letter please state the number of hours per week you are able to commit.

Applications are due Friday, June 20. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please do not call ESA or SEEDS staff to inquire about the status of your application. The position is open until filled.

ESA is an Equal Opportunity employer. We sincerely encourage individuals of all identities, experiences, and backgrounds to apply.

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Editor-in-Chief
Posted: June 2020

Ecological Society of America (ESA), Washington, D.C.

ESA seeks a full-time Editor in Chief for the ESA’s premier journal on communicating ecological science. Frontiers is an important ESA member publication and accessed by thousands of academic institutions around the world. For readers, it is a clear, accessible publication with broad interdisciplinary appeal. Each issue contains high-impact research articles and reviews, breaking news (domestic and international), editorials, and special features.  For the right candidate, this position is an opportunity to use your skills as a scientist, editor and writer to serve and energize the ecological community.


  • Publish 10 print and online issues per year, consisting of peer-reviewed research articles, news, several departments (editorials, EcoPics, and Lifelines), and series.
  • Set the tone and determine the content of the publication. Commission research articles, reviews, and other content. Oversee the peer review process, and allocate submissions to Editorial Board members and subject matter experts.
  • Find and develop new content (special issues, new series, etc.)
  • Manage a small editorial staff and work together with ESA staff and Wiley, our publisher, to efficiently and accurately publish Frontiers.
  • Oversee the day-to-day production of the publication, especially the creation, updating, and development of content, covers, house ad designs, and article order


  • PhD in the natural sciences and a working knowledge of ecology, environmental science, or conservation is strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years of editorial experience including in a senior position. Familiarity with journal editorial processes and a strong commitment to excellence. We seek a candidate who can be productive right away, based on their previous experience and knowledge of editorial processes.
  • An ability to edit copy, understand copy-editing concepts and ways of doing things. Production and supervisory experience strongly preferred.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple priorities to deliver issues on time and to a high standard.


  • Competitive salary
  • Excellent benefits, including generous vacation and sick days, 401k plans, excellent medical, dental, and vision plans, FSA and HSA plans, etc.
  • Ability to work remotely. Some travel is required:  represent the journal at the ESA Annual Meeting and occasionally at other scientific meetings, travel to visit staff at ESA headquarters.

Submit a cover letter, CV, and two examples of published products in which you have played a substantial role.
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Science Communications Intern
Posted: May 2020

Purpose & Responsibilities

ESA seeks an energetic candidate with strong communication and organizational skills to help complete a communications plan with the ESA Vegetation Classification Panel  to enhance communication and outreach implementation for the United States National Vegetation Classification (USNVC). Communications training is required and a basic background in and appreciation for ecology, biology, and/or environmental sciences is desired.    

The science communications intern will work with the Associate Director of Science Programs, Science Programs Specialist, and USNVC Implementation Manager to finalize a communications plan and develop appropriate messaging for key USNVC audiences. Additional duties may include taking notes, facilitating conference calls, and website updates.

Specific Activities for the Science Communications Intern 

  • Communications and writing: contribute to the Vegetation Classification Panel’s Communications Plan, meeting reports and presentations; liaise with Panel members as needed; write blog posts to highlight recent activities; prepare social media posts.
  • Organization and planning: Assist in the development of communications tools and provide consultation with respect to the USNVC’s goals and applications in a complex multi-stakeholder environment.
  • Outreach and marketing: create and refine outreach materials for the Vegetation Classification Panel in collaboration with Panel leadership.

Required Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree with training in communications or marketing
  • Experience or interest in environmental studies, ecology, or a related field
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and able to handle multiple tasks
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Basic computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willing to perform data entry and other essential tasks

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with WordPress or basic HTML skills
  • Experience managing social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Individuals are encouraged to apply even if they don’t meet 100% of these preferred qualifications.

This is a paid, part-time remote internship. The position is funded for two months and pays $15 per hour. Hours are flexible, but you must be available to work a regular schedule of 15-20 hours per week remotely.

Please email a cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to gro.asenull@ibs with “Science Communications Intern” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position is open until filled. 

About ESA 

The Ecological Society of America, founded in 1915, is the world’s largest community of professional ecologists and a trusted source of ecological knowledge, committed to advancing the understanding of life on Earth. The Society publishes five journals and a membership bulletin and broadly shares ecological information through policy, media outreach, and education initiatives.  

 About ESA’s Office of Science Programs 

 We connect the research and management communities, support the use of science to inform decision making, and build capacity among scientists by: 

  • Training:We offer workshops and courses to help scientists gain the skills they need to navigate changes in funding, policy, and technology. 
  • Facilitating engagement:We connect ESA members with agencies that require ecological knowledge and expertise. 
  • Synthesizing information:We help make ecology more accessible to managers and the public. 
  • Facilitating peer review:We help agencies conduct peer reviews of scientific studies and programs that agencies use to support decision making. 

ESA is an Equal Opportunity employer. We sincerely encourage individuals of all identities, experiences, and backgrounds to apply

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