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Fellow, Science Communication - The Water Main

Post Date:Oct 23, 2018Type:Full time
Start Date:January 7, 2019Salary:
Location: United States - Minnesota - St. Paul Job Reference:528-19
Job Description:

Are you looking for Internships/Fellowships at the largest station-based public radio organization in the US?


If so, look no further. Our Internship and Fellowship program will give YOU the real-world experience you are seeking in production, research, reporting, interviewing, audio and digital storytelling and more, as well as experience in public media operations. In addition to professional development, this program will help you build a network with other professionals in the industry. Don't miss out on the chance to build your professional portfolio alongside the best people within public media.


Who we are:

The Water Main connects Americans to understand the value of water in our lives. We do this as a new hub for dialogue, reporting, convening, research and engagement at American Public Media. We aim to bring people together across political, cultural, social and economic divides to mobilize new thinking and action that secures clean, abundant, accessible water for all.

American Public Media is the largest station-based public radio organization in the U.S., combining multi-regional station operations, national content creation and distribution in one organization. With a portfolio that includes Live from Here with Chris Thile, BBC World Service, Marketplace and the leading classical music programming in the nation, APM is one of the largest producers of public radio programming in the world. One thousand stations carry American Public Media's 20-plus national programs. Its multi-regional station operations include 49 public radio stations and 42 translators in the Upper Midwest and California. APM podcasts offers a diverse array of podcasts featuring the best in food, culture, entertainment, business and investigative journalism.


Fellow, Science Communication - The Water Main:

The Science Communications Fellow will focus on the initiative of the Water Main campaign. The Water Main is connecting APM to new audiences (with a focus on ages 18-35) by developing innovative new dialogue, engagement, partnerships, content, and research related to the value of water in Americans' lives. The Science Communications Fellow will be an important team member who will apply robust technical knowledge to our work, helping distill scientific research and technical information in ways that we and our partners can use to engage audiences. Additionally, there will be ample room to improve how water organizations use scientific information as part of their program of work. Under the Science Communication Fellow's leadership, we will add depth and substance to that conversation. This person would also contribute to APM's evolving capability to communicate and engage around scientific and technical content in other efforts, like Call to Mind, Brains On, and others.


Key Learning Goals:

  • A deeper understanding of effective story-telling across a wide spectrum of formats.
  • How the discipline of journalism works, and how it is evolving.
  • How scientists can more effectively communicate the results of their research.



  • Identify areas within the Water Main's program strategy that are dependent on complex or critically important scientific or technical information and identify resources for ensuring that Water Main is working from the best available science in those cases.
  • Work with the editorial manager and others to develop a plan for communicating key scientific concepts in a compelling and relevant way (boosting water IQ).
  • Serve as a technical advisor to the editorial manager, managing director, and other team members on scientific / technical content.
  • Serve as a liaison and resource to the scientific and broader water community on more effectively communicating technical and scientific water information.



  • This Fellowship is a paid twelve-month position.
  • Partial subsidy for onsite parking or bus transportation. Day to day transportation is your responsibility.
  • Eligible to accrue for sick and safe time off.
  • Eligible for health insurance as required under the ACA.



  • Participate in robust on-boarding experience.
  • Professional development: on-the-job training, personality assessment training, formal performance review feedback sessions, etc.
  • Opportunities to be mentored by one of our top professionals within public media.
  • Volunteering opportunities.
  • Networking with leaders and employee resource and interest groups that support our multicultural employees.



Required Qualifications:

- Pursuing or have earned a M.S., Ph.D., or post-doctorate with a focus in earth science, engineering, chemistry, agronomy, environmental science, cultural anthropology, or other subject area related to water.
- Strong writing skills.
- Strong public speaking skills.
- Fluency in English.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Digital communication or engagement experience.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

- Must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Physical Demands:
>Required to move about in an office environment and sit for extended periods of time.
>Required to move about in the community.
>Frequent use of hands for data entry/keystrokes and simple grasping.
- Working Conditions:
>Moderate noise level.
>Occasional exposure to prevalent weather conditions.

Next Step in the Application:

In addition to your skills and knowledge, we want to get to know you in the application process. In addition to your resume, please include a cover letter (of no more than 1 page) with answers to the following:

- What are you most proud of?
- Where do you see yourself professionally in five-years and how will this role help you achieve that goal?

Application deadline: November 9, 2018

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply.

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Contact Information
American Public Media
Alicia Tran
480 Cedar St
St. Paul, MN 55101
United States
Ph: 651-290-1305

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