Multi-Media Specialist

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, re-locatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. A leading edge cyber-infrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

Reporting to the Chief of Education and Public Engagement. The NEON project is collecting 30 years of data in a variety of formats to support scientific inquiry into and education about ecologically relevant topics (e.g. climate and land-use change). There is a need to develop engaging and relevant education materials supporting the use of NEON data for ecological applications, for a variety of audiences to facilitate broadened use of NEON data. In addition, multimedia training videos and self-guided tutorials are needed to prepare NEON staff to collect field data, maintain environmental sensors, and use IT systems.

As a member of the Education and Public Engagement team at NEON, the Multimedia Specialist is responsible for working with various content specialists to translate their ideas into effective and user-friendly videos, animations and other multimedia interactive materials that will be presented online. This person must have experience with creating multimedia projects that can work cross-platform and on a variety of hand-held devices. Outcome products will primarily used in (1) educational modules and (2) general outreach efforts, and (3) training materials and self-guided tutorials for NEON staff.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• In collaboration with subject-matter experts, design, develop, maintain and produce a variety of interactive educational, outreach and communication materials that contain multimedia, animation, audio and video components.
• Create engaging web-based multimedia products that clearly and creatively translate key science and data concepts to an intended audience.
• Provide multimedia expertise to develop training videos and self-guided tutorials to support preparation of NEON staff to collect biological field data, maintain environmental sensors, use IT systems and other staff training needs.
• Photograph, videotape, record audio.
• Develop and oversee a searchable, well-documented photo and video library.
• Create web-based video demos that demonstrate the use of open source software to process data.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
• Bachelor's degree or higher required, plus knowledge and proficiency in development of rich interactive multimedia products and electronic publishing tradecraft.
• Five (5) or more years design/work experience.
• Diverse multimedia design portfolio that demonstrates current production methods for web, online, email, motion graphics, video, audio.
• Demonstrated experience developing multimedia educational resources that integrate a variety of audio, video and motion graphic components to create graphically engaging and creatively presented multimedia content.
• Demonstrated experience using multimedia authoring and packaging tools including Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Captivate, Articulate and Flash to create motion graphic and video outputs.
• Knowledge of / familiarity with online content development and creation languages (i.e. HTML5, CSS3, ActionScript and JavaScript / JQuery).
• Experience developing interactive media that runs on mobile platforms (IOS & Android Tablets and smart phones).
• Demonstrated ability to understand and translate scientific or other complex content into accessible, online media.
• Knowledge of video / audio storyboarding, production, and editing.
• Experience developing / supporting development of engaging content that disseminates complex ideas for a variety of audiences.
• Very effective verbal and written communication skills.
• Proven ability to balance self-directed work while being an effective member of an interdisciplinary team.

Preferred Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:
• Preferred degree/coursework in natural sciences, environmental science and/or science education, or demonstrated experience in multimedia dissemination of scientific concepts.
• Awareness and understanding of instructional approaches for online science learning such as online courses, learning modules for students, and professional development resources for educators.
• Experience teaching / developing education content in support of scientific inquiry.
• Ability to understand and communicate complex information expressed in numbers, charts or equations
• Creative illustration skills.
• Experience with 3d modeling tools (e.g. Maya, Lightwave, 3d Studio Max, SketchUp).
• Experience with content management systems (Drupal, WordPress, etc).
• Experience in optimizing audio and video components for web, mobile and desktop environments.
• Experience developing for both Mac and PC end-user platforms.

This is a short term assignment, which is anticipated to be up to 10 months.

Must have permanent authorization for US employment.

NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.