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Community Science Specialist

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Work type: Full-Time
Location: Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangement
Categories: Academy of Natural Sciences

About the Academy 

The Academy of Natural Sciences was founded in 1812 for "the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences".  Since then, it has sponsored global expeditions, conducted pioneering environmental and systematics research, and amassed remarkable collections containing more than 18 million specimens from around the world and a peerless library and archive. Since 2011 its academic enterprise has been further strengthened through its affiliation with nearby Drexel University – a leading private non-profit research institution that focusses on innovation and entrepreneurship and provides a unique cooperative education program for its undergraduate and graduate degree students.   

Today the Academy is one of the most important natural science institutions in the world. However, the world is changing fast and the Academy – directed by its Strategic Plan 2019-24 - is changing with it.  Over the next five years the Academy will become a “force for nature” and advance its mission: “to understand the natural world and inspire everyone to care for it”. In so doing the Academy will build on its fundamental belief that diversity and inclusion generates better ideas, inspires creativity, and is essential to building a positive workplace so that in time it can become an institution that is of, by and for all Philadelphians. 

Job Summary 

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University’s Community Learning Department (CLD) is expanding their Community Science (CS) efforts. CS will mobilize volunteers to work alongside ANS and Drexel scientists to co-develop and answer questions about the natural world; then co-create solutions to environmental challenges through high-impact, self-funded programs. CS works closely with CLD’s Volunteer and Civic Engagement Department (VCE), Drexel’s Environmental Collaboratory, community-based organizations (CBOs), and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Alongside vital data gathering, it also provides experiential education opportunities as well as career development through certification where appropriate.

A project of CS is the Science Shop for Community Resilience (SS4CR). SS4CR will introduce a model for participatory science education to Philadelphia communities impacted by environmental justice issues. This project aims to use participatory methods to collaboratively frame and understand climate challenges and resilience needs at the neighborhood level; enhance environmental literacy and co-produce knowledge; and build pathways to community resilience to local climate hazards in ways that contribute to health, social cohesion, and socio-economic equity. 

Essential Functions 

  • Oversee the project management, community outreach, and long term outcomes of the Science Shop initiative.
  • Support the Science Shop PIs in the conception, planning, and implementation of the Science Shop workplan and will be responsible for the day-to-day execution of the project including coordinating community outreach and interfacing with community-based organizations.
  • Drafting workplans, schedules and project budgets.
  • Mapping deliverables.
  • Performing active research
  • Stakeholder outreach includes community members, donors, and leadership.
  • Ensuring projects remain on schedule and in line with grant delivery deadlines.
  • Support other active projects as needed in the Community Learning and Patrick Center for Environmental Research divisions. Presently, these projects include the Resilient Communities Stormwater Initiative and the Delaware River Watershed Initiative.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications 

  • Minimum of a Bachelors Degree in env. science, public health, environmental studies or Equivalent
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of experience
  • Competence with scientific methodology. Familiarity with community based participatory research is a plus but is not mandatory.
  • Ability to engage with numerous projects and grants programs.
  • Skilled in community organizing and facilitation.
  • Adept at connecting research to policy change.
  • Familiarity with Philadelphia, local neighborhoods, and community based organizations.
  • Comfortable interfacing with multiple communities and types of expertise.
  • Able to navigate cultural differences with sensitivity and anti-racist principles.
  • Able to link community problems with scientific solutions and/or technical support to expertise housed at Academy of Natural Sciences/Drexel University.
  • Able to build and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with community partners.
  • Highly collaborative: Able to work with CBOs, Academy of Natural Sciences divisions, The Environmental Collaboratory, Drexel University researchers.
  • Experience with geographic information systems and spatial analysis a plus.

Physical Demands 

Typically sitting at a desk/table.


Hybrid/Flexible Work Arrangements.

Additional Information 

This position is classified as Exempt with a grade of J, $ 47,490.00- $ 71,230.00. The offered salary is dependent upon internal equity and the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. 

For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure and Compensation Guidelines & Policies, please visit the Compensation and Salaries website.   

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings. 

Special Instructions to the Applicant 

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application. 

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified. 

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