Science Communications Manager

San Diego Natural History Museum
August 26, 2021
1788, SAN DIEGO, California
Job Type
$20 - $22
Type of Pay
Contact Name
Rebecca Handelsman
Contact Email


Love nature? Then you’re going to love The Nat.  

The San Diego Natural History Museum is seeking a Science Communications Manager that will bolster our mission to preserve nature and biodiversity in this amazing place we call home.  

This is a brand-new position at the Museum and part of our strategic plan to lead with our science—science we’ve been doing for nearly 150 years. The role will grow and build upon existing communications efforts to raise awareness of the museum’s conservation and research work; generate participation in community science and environmental education programs; and get people excited to learn about and protect this unique region.  

Part field reporter, part science writer, part publicist, the Science Communications Manager will develop content for various communications channels, manage campaigns around community science events, and assist with media announcements around research papers or discoveries. This is a mid-level role that is a key part of the museum’s content/PR team (currently two people). 

Your Day-to-Day Work 

  • Assist with development of annual content strategy and identify opportunities for communications campaigns and news stories. The role will follow the direction of The Nat’s strategic plan and editorial vision, which includes but is not limited to showcasing the unique biodiversity of our region, demonstrating how people can support wildlife, sharing practical applications of the museum's research, and addressing current issues such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental equity. 
  • Take complex concepts and develop them into accessible and compelling stories across a variety of media and platforms, including but not limited to blogs, web pages, enewsletters, social media posts, videos, and media pitches. The stories will be scientifically accurate and grounded in fact, but may be playful or moving as the subject matter requires.  
  • Generate media coverage for the research and conservation work of museum staff by developing and maintaining strong working relationship with key science reporters, and writing press materials, pitching media, and serving as a media liaison.  
  • Write and project-manage email newsletters focused on outdoor programs and science news.   
  • Plan and execute communications and marketing plans for community science programs like Healthy Canyons and City Nature Challenge and other key projects such as Canyoneer hikes.  
  • Serve as one of several copy-editors for all museum communications.   
  • Plan, organize, coordinate, and report on multiple projects, often under tight time constraints.


What You Bring  

You’ll need to be adept at taking complex scientific concepts and making them accessible to diverse audiences with varying levels of knowledge about natural history. You’ll love to dig deep, ask questions, look past the obvious, and find new ways to engage and connect with people and stimulate their curiosity, because that’s at the core of what we do. You’ll be science pro with great communications chops, or be a fabulous communicator/marketer with a robust understanding of science.  

  • Superior creative writing and storytelling skills, with a mastery of AP style; demonstrated success in writing materials that are equally compelling in long formats (g. a press release or blog) as they are in short formats (e.g. a Tweet or short video).  
  • 2+ years of experience in science communications, environmental education, outreach, or a related field preferred.   
  • Knowledge of our region’s unique biodiversity, wildlife conservation, and local environmental organizations.  
  • Strong understanding of social media platforms, trends, and opportunities.
  • Experience developing and publishing web content using CMS systems and email marketing platforms; UI/UX knowledge and video editing experience a plus. Adept at Microsoft Office suite. 
  • Collegial, and able to communicate clearly, concisely, and diplomatically in written and spoken language with a wide range of people. 
  • Able to prioritize, manage-up, and adhere to deadlines and keep track of multiple projects simultaneously, toggling between big picture strategic work and smaller projects w/ quick turnarounds.  
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred (g., B.S. in biology, environmental science, or geological sciences, or B.A. in communications, journalism, or marketing)
  • Fluency in a foreign language, g. Spanish, a plus in order to connect to our region’s diverse communities.  

The Science Communications Manager will report to the Senior Director of Communications, collaborate closely with the Digital Communications Manager, and partner with many internal departments, including Research, Education and Engagement, and Development. 

This is a full-time, non-exempt position with benefits such as health insurance, vacation, 14 paid holidays, free admission into all of Balboa Park’s museums, and more.  

Salary is $20-22/hour ($41,600-45,760 annually), commensurate with experience. Applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample that highlights relevant skills to by September 30, 2021.  

A little more about us.  

The San Diego Natural History Museum (The Nat) was founded by amateur naturalists in 1874 and has played a major role in the conversation of our region. Having recently completed a strategic plan, The Nat is looking forward to an exciting new era as it approaches its 150th anniversary, focused on innovative audience engagement and an increased role in conservation. 


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