The new Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator will assist with expedition-related communications and outreach programs, with the goal of engaging, influencing, and generating public support for a healthy ocean through advanced scientific research, technology innovation, and open sharing of information. The Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator should have an outstanding work ethic, be highly organized, and able to thrive with a highly productive schedule within a small team. A minimum of 2-3 years of relevant experience in communications, public relations, or digital media is required. We are looking for someone who is passionate about ocean science, who is an effective communicator, and who loves working with diverse audiences — from school groups to scientists. The Expedition and Community Outreach Coordinator will report directly to the Director of Marine Communications, and work together on a variety of strategic communications tasks and initiatives. They will be responsible for implementing expedition outreach plans, generating community engagement, media coverage, and developing written content for Schmidt Ocean Institute’s website and interactive programs. This position may include some travel to the research vessel Falkor (location varies, including international). Application deadline: May 1, 2020.
Home of the deepest spot on the planet, the Mariana subduction system serves as a valuable natural laboratory for testing ideas about what governs the distribution of animals at hydrothermal vent systems. The deep trench, shallow to mid-depth volcanic arc, and mid-depth to deep spreading back-arc, provide a wide variety of habitats for research. Of these, more than 600 km of the back-arc has remained relatively unexplored. This December, the science team will follow up from a discovery cruise that occurred on Falkor last winter. During the previous visit, three new hydrothermal vents were discovered; one of them being among the deepest vents in the world. This time, the team will return with our brand-new 4,500 m capable ROV SuBastian to explore the life and activity at the vent sites.