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Great Lakes Science Writing Position

University Relations Specialist (PVL#28631)
Working Title: Science Writer

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  Serve as a science writer for the University of
Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute, a statewide program of research, education
and outreach dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of Great Lakes
and ocean resources. Basic duties and responsibilities are to work with the
Assistant Director for Communications and staff to:

* Research and write reports about UW Sea Grant activities and related
Great Lakes issues for the institute's monthly newsletter and World Wide
Web site. Research and write copy for news releases, magazine articles,
fact sheets and booklets in collaboration with program scientists, outreach
specialists and institute staff.

* Research, conduct taped interviews with sources and write scripts for the
"Earthwatch" public service radio program. Assist with editing the scripts
of student writers and selecting "sound bites" from taped interviews, and
help as needed with the annual survey of "Earthwatch" stations.

* Prepare information for and assist with the development and maintenance
of UW Sea Grant's award-winning World Wide Web site (www.seagrant.wisc.edu).

* Work on special communications projects as they develop. Such projects
may include but are not limited to working with Sea Grant scientists,
outreach specialists and staff to develop grant proposals, media relations
projects, radio/video programs, research/outreach conferences,
educational/outreach activities, multi-media presentations and exhibits.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (REQUIRED):  Bachelor's degree in journalism,
English, mass communications or a science discipline, with at least three
years of professional writing experience (or an equivalent combination of
education and experience). Demonstrated ability to write accurately and in
a clear, crisp and concise manner. Talent for adjusting writing style to
communicate effectively in different media with a variety of audiences,
including news editors, scientists, government and industry officials,
teachers/K-12 students, and the adult public. Good telephone and in-person
interviewing skills. Self-starter able to work both independently and as
part of a team.

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS (PREFERRED):  Master's degree in a science or
communications discipline. Extensive science or environmental writing
experience at a newspaper, magazine or university. Some radio
writing/programming experience, including some familiarity with editing
digitized audio computer files. Demonstrated ability to understand and
interpret complex issues and scientific research findings for professional
as well as lay audiences. Experience using Windows 95, the Internet and the
World Wide Web, including creating pages for the Web. Familiarity with
Great Lakes topics and current issues.

SALARY AND STATUS:  This position is a fixed-term renewable appointment to
the University of Wisconsin-Madison academic staff.  Salary is commensurate
with professional qualifications and experience.  Minimum: $25,500.

	A letter describing your interest in the position.
	A resume, including post-high school education, a chronological list of
professional work experience, a list of computer software training or
experience, and other relevant information.
	At least three but no more than five samples of your writing that show the
variety of your writing experience.
	Three letters of recommendation, or the names and phone numbers of at
least three references whom we may contact for a recommendation.

SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO: Linda Campbell, University of Wisconsin Sea Grant
Institute, 1800 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705-4094.


SELECTION PROCESS:  A search and screen committee will review all
applications and recommend several candidates to the Director of the UW Sea
Grant Institute.  Those recommended will be asked to Madison for an interview.

PROJECTED START DATE:  January 1, 1998.

PLEASE NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information
regarding applicants and nominees must be released upon request.  Finalists
cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The University of Wisconsin is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity