Continental Divide Research Learning Ctr, Rocky Mountain National Park

Science Communication Assistant  -  Estes Park, CO

With the support of the Continental Divide Research Learning Center, the Science Communication Assistant (SC) will research, design and develop an array of communication tools to meet the CDRLC’s internal and external communication goals. The intern will work on three primary internal communication tools:

  • Research library – This will involve research and consolidation of written reports, journal articles, synthesis papers, articles, and briefs on current and past park research topics. Over the years, these written materials have been organized in a variety of ways (databases, digital folders, etc). The intern will consolidate the materials on one to three topics into an accessible and readily available collection through the Integrated Resource Management Application (IRMA) data store.
  • Institutional memory – During the internship, the SC will research one of the park’s long-term resource management challenges. They will write up a synthesis document that will provide the park with a comprehensive administrative history on the work done on the issue, including an annotated bibliography of the documents written on the topic. They will also interview the park’s subject matter expert on the topic to better understand some of the reasons behind particular projects, challenges that the park has faced on the topic, and how the park has used the research to support management decisions and actions.
  • Resource/research briefs – The intern will work with resource stewardship staff to develop one to three resource and/or research briefs that provides a brief 2-page synopsis of a topic. Depending on the topic, the brief will be written for the park’s upper level managers to provide an overview of an issue that needs management level action, or for the Interpretation and Environmental Education division to support their staff training needs.
  • Material for external communication – The intern will also have the opportunity to develop material to engage the public in park science and research, and to promote citizen science opportunities to potential volunteers. This may also involve working with park staff and external researchers to develop web content for the CDRLC’s website, update resource content on Rocky Mountain National Park’s webpage, and communicate park science and research through RMNP’s social media platforms.