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JOIN OUR TEAM! 2019 Openings for Research Assistants in Climate Communication Strategy and Analysis


NOTE: The following paid positions begin with the start of the fall 2019 semester at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the commitment is for the entire academic year into May 2020 (other arrangements can be made on a case by case basis). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to cynthia.norrie@yale.edu with the position you’re applying to within the subject line.  

 

Deputy social media manager

This role is established to be both a partner to our social media manager and the chief editor on our posts. This role is ideal for first-year F&ES students who are interested in helping develop YPCCC’s brand and identity.

Tasks:

  • Responsible for oversight of graphics drafted by the student team
  • Suggests edits to post, image, and video graphics drafted by student team members
  • Ensures adherence to and guides development of YPCCC brand standards
  •  Work collaboratively with social media manager to help coordinate the YPCCC social team

Preferred Skills:

  • An eye for detail and a knack for simple, effective design
  • Experience in design, comms, or social media role a big plus
  • Familiarity with brand design principles a plus

Ideal for:

Visually-minded organizers who are obsessive about the right way to communicate messages to key audiences

Hrs per week: 10-15

 

Social media producer

The folks that make our Facebook and Twitter what it is. YPCCC research is relevant to many categories of current events, from renewable energy to extreme weather, and our social media producers help put the news of the day in context.

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
  • Awareness of best practices and trends in social media content
  • Digital design and data visualization / infographic creation experience

Ideal for:

Somebody with less time on their hands who still wants to contribute to the YPCCC program. 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

 

YCC social media manager

Yale Climate Connections is a nonpartisan, multimedia service providing daily broadcast radio programming and original web-based reporting about climate change. We’re looking for students to promote the service on social media and engage the current audience with an eye toward growth and deeper interaction.

Tasks:

  • Draft social media posts for our radio series, which airs 5 times a week
  • Schedule posts out to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
  • Develop and maintain reporting on social media performance

Preferred Skills:

  • Interest in content marketing or climate/environmental journalism
  • Experience managing social media accounts a plus

Ideal for:

Individuals looking to further develop the YCC brand online — especially those with an interest in content marketing, environmental storytelling, or non-profit journalism.

Hrs per week: 10

 

Video producer

Video is one of the fastest-growing mediums in online publishing. We’re looking for students who can translate our research and publications into video to reach a broad and fast-growing audience.

Tasks:

  • Identifying and creating videos within the Wochit platform based on YPCCC research, noteworthy news, and YCC episodes
  • Captioning/uploading videos to our YouTube & FB accounts
  • Our goal output is 2 videos a week

Preferred Skills:

  • Professional/personal experience with video production
  • Familiarity with tools like Wochit, Aegisub, and DaVinci Resolve
  • Design experience a plus

Ideal for:

Those with an eye for design and storytelling, self-starters who can handle responsibility and respond well to feedback, and people who want to learn more about one of the fastest-growing avenues in digital.

Hrs per week: 10

 

Web content assistant 

The YPCCC website is one of the most reputable climate communication sites online. Built to host our research as well as interactive tools for academics, organizers, and the general public, the site needs a manager to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape.

Tasks

  • Ensuring website has fresh content, including keeping up to date with YPCCC media mentions
  • Research images as needed for online publishing of our studies.
  • Updating and maintaining the website media library.
  • Write blog posts or edit others’ submissions with the goal of posting one new blog post per month. Involves mining our existing research findings and connecting them with current events.

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated excellence in written expression and editing in English
  • Previous experience blogging on climate change concerns
  • Photo and image editing for digital platforms
  • Website management experience (WordPress a plus)

Ideal for:

Detail-oriented, organized workers with an interest in helping communicate our research.

Hrs per week: 5

 

Instagram producer 

Instagram is the fastest-growing social network today, and increasingly a destination for people leaving better-established social networks. We’re looking for team members to help define and develop our presence on IG.

Tasks:

  • Developing IG posts, galleries, and stories around our research
  • Maintaining a regular posting schedule
  • Creating and updating reporting

Preferred Skills:

  • Graphic design and image sourcing
  • Previous experience managing brand Instagram a plus

Ideal for:

Visually-minded communicators interested in exploring how we can tell the story of climate change through imagery

Hrs per week: 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 out some of our research on attitudes toward climate change. We’re looking for students to help produce ads to advance YPCCC goals on both fronts.

Tasks:

  • Drafting Facebook & Google ad content for marketing & experiments tests at the discretion of the YPCCC Digital Director
    • Experiments may include testing content to different audiences, or different messages or images
  • Meeting in person at Sage Hall for a 1-hour block each week to design, draft, and deploy Facebook ads.
  • 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
  • Marketing or digital comms experience a big plus

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.

Hrs per week: 5-10

 

Data scientist

This role will work with our team of researchers on statistical modeling, mapping and visualization of national, state, local, and international survey and experimental datasets gathered by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. 

Tasks

  • Obtain, clean, document, and prepare data for modeling 
  • Develop software using the open-source R programming language to model and map environmental opinions and behavior;
  • Conduct analyses and construct predictive models;
  • Participate in several highly collaborative, interdisciplinary research teams;
  • Develop visualizations and maps for research and public outreach.

 

Preferred Skills:

  • Programming skills (including R)
  • Experience with statistics and modeling
  • Software and data management (Github, Excel, SPSS, SAS, etc.)
  • Organization, research, and writing skills

Ideal for:

Data-driven, organized workers with an interest in helping analyze and visualize our research.

Hrs per week: 5

 

We’re also open to taking on research assistants for discrete projects beyond the jobs listed above. If you’ve got a background in any of the following, please feel free to reach out — we’d love to hear from you:

  • API development
  • Google Ads
  • Graphic design
  • Non-profit organizing

 

Strategic Environmental Communication Speaker Series Coordinator

This role will support the development and execution of a workshop and/or speaker series that brings in inspiring practitioners of environmental communication that 1) model how to build public and political will to address environmental challenges and 2) equips students with the skills to engage in strategic communication themselves to solve environmental problems.  Potential topics for the series will include: transformational organizing; data visualization; strategic campaigning; digital strategies; translating cutting edge environmental scholarship for a public interested in solutions. The student will have substantial freedom in shaping the series’ direction.

Tasks: the student will assist in the development of this workshop or speaker series by contributing to the shaping of the series’ theme, identifying & recruiting speakers and workshop leaders, coordinating with campus partners to host each event, and writing articles/blog posts that capture the takeaways from each event.

Hours per week: 5 -10, particularly at times when speakers are on campus as some hosting and logistics support may be required.

Please direct any questions about this opportunity to lisa.fernandez@yale.edu.