Opportunity: Ocean Portal Writer/Web Editor, Smithsonian


Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal is hiring a writer and web editor. This position helps to generate content for and support the Ocean Portal website, including writing stories on GoMRI science (http://ocean.si.edu/gulf-oil-spill).

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History is seeking a writer and web editor to work with the Ocean Portal team to manage and produce material for their website (http://ocean.si.edu/). The mission of the Ocean Portal is to bring together compelling and innovative ocean-related information, stories, and multi-media in order to complement the Sant Ocean Hall and other aspects of the museum’s marine initiatives. Visitors to the Ocean Portal have broad interests not only in science but also in the arts, and contribute to the experiences of others via social media. The person holding this position will be responsible for working with the Sant Chair and Ocean Portal Managing Editor, with IT support staff, and with content providers both within and outside the Smithsonian. Work will include researching and writing ocean stories; designing, loading and updating pages on the site; supporting social media efforts; site administration; and working with the Managing Editor to develop funding sources to support new Ocean Portal features. Applicants should have a strong background in science writing and marine science and conservation, with either a master’s degree or comparable work experience. Experience with web site development (specifically Drupal), social media, design, photo/graphics editing, and video a plus. Starting salary ranges from 43,057-48,796 (IS-7) depending on experience. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Emily Frost, Ocean Portal Managing Editor, at frosteg@si.edu. Application review will begin on September 28th and continue until the position is filled. 

This is a full-time, one-year temporary (with the possibility to extend) Smithsonian Trust position. The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, commuter benefits, health/life insurance, and accident insurance. The Smithsonian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.