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#102587 California Sea Grant Communications Assistant

Extended Deadline: Sun 12/1/2019

THIS POSITION IS OFFERED THROUGH THE TRITON CONNECTION PROGRAM AND ONLY FOR CURRENT UC SAN DIEGO STUDENTS. Triton Connection (TC) is a student internship program at UC San Diego that encourages undergraduates to participate in project-based internships in a wide range of UC San Diego departments. The internship program is designed to provide our students with professional work experiences and lasting connections that may spark their interest in pursuing a career at UC San Diego. The program strives for inclusive excellence, helping to build a pipeline of capable employees who have graduated from the university. Please apply for this position using this Hire Online System. If you have any additional questions or need any accommodations, contact TC Program Manager, Sally Morgan at smmorgan@ucsd.edu or (858)534-6466.

Cover letter and resume are required materials for an application to be considered.


California Sea Grant (CASG) caseagrant.ucsd.edu sponsors marine research, extension services, and education activities to support the management, conservation, and enhancement of California’s coastal ocean resources for the benefit of current and future generations. The primary mission of CASG’s Communications Program is to help promote CASG’s professional scientists and capabilities, and to communicate to CASG’s key clientele the accomplishments, products, activities and opportunities of our extension specialists, funded research scientists, and partner agencies and other Sea Grant programs that collaborate with CASG. Our key clientele are Academic and other Researchers, California State Agencies, Federal and California State Legislators, the National Sea Grant Office, and the Public.

Key Responsibilities:
- Post content on the website, using an online content management system (Drupal). This includes uploading text, adding links and photos, laying out a page, and following best practices for ADA compliance. It may also include updating existing content to meet ADA requirements or improving the visual layout of a page.
- Create social media posts to support the program's communications strategy.
- Create posts for Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and potentially also Instagram, working from content or a strategy provided by the supervisor. This may also include creation of imagery or multimedia for use on web.
- Track media and social media coverage related to the program. This includes maintaining a spreadsheet of social media, media coverage, using Google Alerts and other tools to track media mentions across the internet.
- Prepare newsletters or other mailings in Mailchimp. This may include building or assisting with the creation of a monthly e-newsletter that pulls content from the main website.
- Write and edit science-related content for the website and social media.
- Write posts for social media such as Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms.
- Write for the website, which may include summaries of research projects, researcher profiles, or blog posts.
- Assist with general communications office functions as assigned.


  • Must be actively enrolled in classes throughout the duration of the internship (part-time or full-time).

  • Proficient in using social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

  • Excellent writing, editing and interpersonal skills.

  • Strong ability to communicate in a professional manner with researchers and community contacts.

  • Must be self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://www-hr.ucsd.edu/saa/nondiscr.html

UC San Diego is a smoke and tobacco free environment. Please visit smokefree.ucsd.edu for more information.

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$14.00 /hour
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