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Do you love helping others understand and engage in science? TESI Environmental Communicators gain important skills in science communication and outreach, all while helping communicate Earth Systems science issues in Florida, and beyond!

About TESI

The University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute is advancing communication and education about Earth systems science in a way that inspires Floridians to be effective stewards of our planet. TESI accomplishes its mission through public programming, digital communication, K-12 outreach, and science communication professional development. Housed at the Florida Museum of Natural History, our vision is to lead the way to a healthier planet by cultivating a responsible and curious society that values, trusts and has access to science.

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Position Summary

TESI Environmental Communicators are valued team members who make important contributions to our mission. Communicators develop social media content, write newsletter articles, create videos and more, all focused on communicating Earth systems issues to Floridians, and beyond. During their time with us, students hone their science communication skills and broaden their knowledge about key environmental issues in Florida and across the globe.

Specifically, Communicators will serve as a critical arm of the TESI Digital Outreach team, researching and creating content for TESI’s Instagram campaign, Know Your Florida and producing content for the TESI website and monthly environmental newsletter, Earth to Florida. Communicators will also assist with planning and developing targeted digital awareness campaigns, such as our recent Insect Effect campaign.

Communicators will leave with a science communication portfolio of educational blog posts, feature stories, social media posts, graphics and more. This is a truly hands-on experience!

Basic duties 

Visit the following link to see products from current and previous Communicators: https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/earth-systems/tesi-students/ 

Position location

The position will be located in the TESI office suite at:  

McGuire Hall
3215 Hull Rd
Gainesville, FL 32611 


This position is open to University of Florida junior or senior undergraduate students and graduate students who have an interest and willingness to learn more about science communication.  

Candidates must also have an interest in writing and multimedia production. A good handle on grammar and punctuation is a must. Throughout their time working for TESI, Communicators will receive mentoring on writing, editing, graphic design and social media management.

Approximate hours per week

Communicators will work 10-15 hours per week between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Minimum Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications

Desired Start Date

Fall 2023

Pay Rate


Position Duration

Fall 2023, with the opportunity to extend given satisfactory performance

Contact Information

Becca Burton, TESI Communications Manager, rlburton@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

To Apply

Interested students should submit a cover letter, resume, 1-2 writing samples, and contact information for 2 references to rlburton@floridamuseum.ufl.edu.

Deadline to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The final deadline to apply is 11:59 pm onSunday, September, 10 2023.