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JOIN OUR TEAM: Summer 2018 Research Assistant Openings in Climate Communication Strategy and Analysis


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NOTE: The following positions begin with the start of the summer 2018 break at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the commitment is through the beginning of the fall 2018 academic year. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to lisa.fernandez@yale.edu with the position you’re applying to in the subject line.  

 

Social media producer

These members of the YPCCC team make our Facebook and Twitter shine. YPCCC research is relevant to many categories of current events, from renewable energy to extreme weather, and our social media producers also help draw the connections between current events and YPCCC findings.

Tasks:

  • Drafting 3-5 FB posts and tweets per assigned day for YPCCC online properties
  • Creating graphics using Canva
  • Responding to breaking news and keeping an eye on the latest climate change stories

Preferred Skills:

  • Attention to detail and strong writing skills
  • Experience managing a Facebook page or professional Twitter account is a plus
  • Instagram experience a plus
  • Awareness of best practices and trends in social media content
  • Digital design and data visualization / infographic creation experience

Ideal for:

Somebody who wants to contribute to the YPCCC program, whether or not they’re in New Haven. Those who are plugged into the news on climate change and eager to help show how our work relates. Digital novices who want to learn by doing.

Hrs per week: about 5

 

Digital ads assistant

Digital advertising is one of the most crucial tactics of marketing for online publishers and non-profits. It’s also a very promising avenue for testing climate change messages with different audiences. We’re looking for somebody to help produce ads to advance YPCCC goals on both fronts.

Tasks:

  • Drafting Facebook ad content for marketing & experiments at the discretion of the YPCCC Digital Director
  • Experiments may include testing content to different audiences, or different messages or images to the same audience.
  • Running reporting on ad experiments and tests
  • Helping maintain a calendar of upcoming ads & tests

Preferred Skills:

  • Attention to detail and strong writing skills
  • Experience managing a Facebook page or professional Twitter account is a plus
  • Awareness of best practices and trends in social media content

Ideal for:

Detail-oriented, metrics-driven writers who like to explore data. Folks who are looking to make use of the fastest-growing ad platform online for research purposes. Someone in this role would work on-site at the YPCCC offices one day per week.

Hrs per week: 10

Social Data Scientist

Data forms the backbone of our research and outreach efforts. We are developing the next generation of the Yale Climate Opinion maps, which opens the door to a wide variety of new research questions and public engagement opportunities. The social data scientist will work with our team of researchers to support the data preparation and modeling, mapping and visualization efforts associated with YCOM and related projects.

Tasks:

  • Using a variety of software to develop, clean and process social science datasets for modeling and mapping;
  • Analyzing datasets using Excel, SPSS, and the R programming language
  • Designing visualizations and maps for YPCCC “Climate Notes” and the “Yale Climate Opinion Maps.”

Preferred Skills:

  • Programming skills (R, javascript, python)
  • Software and data management, statistics (SPSS, SAS, Tableau, Qualtrics, Plotly, etc.)
  • Organization, research, and writing skills
  • Interest in learning/improving R knowledge

Hrs per week: flexible