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communication treeBe at the center of news and conversations in the world of citizen science! The Citizen Science Association is looking to enhance its Communications Working Group. This team works to coordinate communications across different platforms, and is seeking individuals who can bring enthusiasm and new insights to identifying and curating (and, if interested, creating) great content for specific platforms and/or topics.

We reach a wide audience interested in the practice of citizen science – this includes scientists, educators, volunteers, and others who care about what it takes to make citizen science work well. Some of our communications is to members but much is more public, with an aim to bring attention exemplary work in and resources for citizen science. Our focus is on content that cuts across diverse practices and disciplines, and that helps advance thinking about how and why we do citizen science. We don’t promote particular projects, but can highlight projects or project activities when they help illuminate something we can all learn from.

We seek enthusiastic, team-oriented individuals, with different perspectives on citizen science, who are interested in finding and sharing news and ideas on a regular (weekly to monthly) basis. We specifically need content curators who can help identify compelling topics and connect with conversations/contributors via social media and/or guest posts. More details on Minimum Commitment and Desired Qualifications for members of this committee are included below.

Content areas
Our current content offerings include such things as news about our bi-annual conference, interviews with field leaders, and updates from our working groups. We are looking to build out content around topics such as events showcasing citizen science, news in the field, summaries of cutting-edge journal publications, conference conversations about citizen science from specific disciplines, and case stories of projects that can highlight key practices relevant to others.

Communication platforms
We utilize several tools and platforms for engaging with the citizen science community and we anticipate adding more as the organization grows. Current tools include a newsletter, a blog on CitizenScience.org, Twitter @CitSciAssoc, a conference hashtag and Facebook Group, a job board, Flickr, and the Citizen Science Discussion Listserv.

As we grow our communications capacity, we may expand into Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media platforms. We also anticipate creating and utilizing more infographics and other visual tools for communication.

Guidelines are available for content generation, and usage guidelines are developed for new platforms as they are adopted. All content will go through a review process before final release for light edits and fit with audience/platform.

Minimum commitment
Weekly asynchronous content brainstorms (10-30min), monthly calls (time-zone permitting; asynchronous options available) for content planning. Optional quarterly calls with an advisory team.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with or enthusiasm to learn communications skills and platforms
  • Familiarity with the field of citizen science, from any perspective
  • Willingness to take part in regular planning meetings (calls if time zones permit, Slack or other platforms for asynchronous planning options)
  • Willingness to coordinate messaging as part of a larger communications team
  • Ability to adhere to CSA messaging priorities, with ability to help shape and inform those priorities

How to get involved
Email comm@citizenscience.org with a brief description of your interest in joining this team and the skills you would like to develop and contribute.

Posted on: January 17, 2017  |  Category: Blog, CSA Working Groups, News