Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES Communications Assistant

CIRES Communications Assistant

Who we are:

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system. For more details, please visit our web site: CIRES.

What your key responsibilities will be:

In this role, working within a four-person team, you’ll support the communication of CIRES’ mission, research, and other activities. This team strives to provide excellent and effective communications service to CIRES and CIRES scientists. From 140-character social media posts to 200-page annual reports, our work helps our funders, the general public, media, policy makers, and scientific colleagues understand the value of CIRES research. Your work will include managing our Annual Report and other communications projects, copy editing, social media engagement, tracking news clips, organizing our team’s schedules, and producing an e-newsletter. If you love science and would relish getting to know lots of people, from scientists to administrative staff, across the entire CU Boulder campus, this position may be for you!

What we can offer:

Annual compensation is targeted for the upper $40’s to low $50’s, depending upon relevant background and experience. In addition the University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement (with a 2-for-1 employer match), generous paid time off, tuition benefit and RTD ECO Bus Pass.  The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.  Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.


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What we require:

Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, or science (with demonstrated communications experience, if the latter).
Two years of work experience in an office environment with social media or editing responsibilities.

What you will need:

Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to interpret and write about complex and technical material for a general audience.
Ability to understand concepts in environmental and related sciences.
Ability to creatively solve problems and productively manage multiple tasks.
Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint and Excel.
Proficiency with Twitter and Facebook.
Excellent organization and time-management skills.
Ability to self-manage projects and work in a teams-oriented environment as well as independently.


What we’d like you to have:

Experience with web content management systems (i.e., Drupal)
Experience with design and publication applications (i.e., InDesign)
Ability to learn new programs and applications quickly (i.e., online spreadsheet and calendar systems).
Demonstrated leadership in teamwork situations.
Experience writing for diverse audiences about scientific findings.
Demonstrated ability to generate new ideas and make them happen.

Preferred qualifications may be used to further reduce the pool of applicants to those who are most highly qualified.

Application Materials

Special Instructions to Applicants: Please apply by March 17, 2017

If you have technical difficulties submitting application information, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200, extension 2 or All other job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV 

Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the following materials AS ONE DOCUMENT/PDF to this posting at

1. A current resume. 
2. A cover letter that specifically addresses how your background and experience align with the requirements, qualifications and responsibilities of the position. 

Please name your document as follows: First-Last-Resume-CL-Position Number. 
 During upload, please indicate the type of document to ensure accurate submission.

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Date Posted

Monday, March 6, 2017 to Friday, March 17, 2017


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