Jobs at The New York Academy of Sciences

Freelance Science Writer (Part-Time)

Location: New York, NY

Department: Communications

Type: Part Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

For nearly 200 years, The New York Academy of Sciences (the Academy) has brought together extraordinary people working at the frontiers of discovery and promoted vital links between science and society. One of the nation’s oldest scientific institutions, the Academy has continually built new scientific communities and forged innovative connections among an extensive scientific network, driving path-breaking initiatives for scientific, social, and economic benefit.


The Academy has a three-pronged mission: to advance scientific research and knowledge; to help resolve the major global challenges facing society with science-based solutions; and to increase the number of scientifically informed individuals. To realize its mission of driving socially, scientifically, and economically beneficial projects with neutrality and the highest standards of scientific inquiry, the Academy brings together disparate groups to exchange and disseminate vital scientific information. The diverse network of individuals and organizations that results connects the Academy to cutting-edge science worldwide—a network that includes over 75 of the world’s leading universities and more than 100 multinational companies and NGOs, as well as numerous leaders of industry, government, and academia.


The Academy offers an array of programming: dynamic conferences and symposia on basic and applied research in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary fields and on the broader roles of science, technology, and culture in society; career development and training for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the sciences; live public events that bring scientists together with artists, writers, and other cultural experts to present emerging research; a global public-private humanitarian partnership to bring science-based solutions to quality-of-life issues in the developing world; an advisory program in innovation and economic development for municipal, state, and foreign governments; and a science education initiative that includes teacher training and afterschool mentoring for low-income middle-school students. Please visit us on the web at


JOB TITLE:  Freelance Science Journalist


DEPARTMENT: Communications


REPORTS TO:  Executive Director, Communications




This part-time position will help in the production of Science & the City public science calendar, maintain the social media feeds and newsletter at the New York Academy of Sciences.  




The primary function of this freelance position is to scout events, maintain, and publicize the Science & the City calendar via the newsletter and social media feeds.

If possible, the secondary function of this position is to produce Science & the City Podcasts which promote the Academy and its events.


Web Editor Function

Maintain Calendar: Identify upcoming science events for the Science & the City and Science Education calendars, write and enter copy for web
Write and edit once-weekly newsletter of top-five science events in New York City, to be distributed to S&C members list


Social Media Function

Maintain the Science & the City Facebook and twitter feeds with upcoming science events and science news that will be of interest to the general public and Science & the City audience.


Podcasting Function

Conceive and produce one podcast a month that highlights programming at the Academy which includes brainstorming ideas with colleagues, researching and writing the story, conducting interviews and producing the podcast, editing the podcast, and uploading the podcast.

Maintain the podcast editorial calendar and coordinate with freelance podcasters



Bachelor’s degree and experience in a science related field, journalism, or communications. Excellent communication skills and desire to build a network of scientists, science writers, and communicators. Ability to manage projects from start to finish, multi-task, prioritize, and meet deadlines. Excellent writing and oral communication skills, knowledge of Adobe Audition.  The ideal candidate will have a background in and passion for science.


The Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer seeking a diverse workforce.



Applications must include a resume, cover letter which includes salary history and/or requirements. A writing sample is required.

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