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Visual Science Communications Specialist (Remote)

Science and Research

Food Science


Reston, Virginia, United States


Work Where it Matters

Akima Systems Engineering (ASE), an Akima company, is not just another federal system support contractor. As an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), our mission and purpose extend beyond our exciting federal projects as we support our shareholder communities in Alaska.

At ASE, the work you do every day makes a difference in the lives of our 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, a group of Alaska natives from one of the most remote and harshest environments in the United States.

For our shareholders , ASE provides support and employment opportunities and contributes to the survival of a culture that has thrived above the Arctic Circle for more than 10,000 years.

For our government customers , ASE delivers solutions in maritime IT, systems engineering, and integration across the Department of Defense and stands ready to help improve operational performance at a reasonable and sustainable cost.

As an ASE employee , you will be surrounded by a challenging, yet supportive work environment that is committed to innovation and diversity, two of our most important values. You will also have access to our comprehensive benefits and competitive pay in addition to growth opportunities and excellent retirement options.

Job Summary:

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Adaptation Science Center (NCASC) manages a network of nine regional Climate Adaptation Science Centers (CASCs) located across the U.S. Together, the National and regional CASCs conduct research to understand how changing climate conditions impact fish, wildlife, ecosystems, and communities. Through this work, we aim to provide on-the-ground natural resource managers and other stakeholders with scientific information and decision-making tools to help them understand, respond, and adapt to these changes.

Science communications and translation is central to informing partners and the public about the results and importance of CASC-funded research and to educating the public and resource managers about climate change concepts that are central to the CASC mission (e.g., climate adaptation). Visual science communication is an important tool for broadening the reach and application of CASC science and educating the general public. Through products such as infographics, illustrations, and diagrams, complex concepts can be conveyed in a format that is digestible to a wide and varied audience. Akima Systems Engineering is looking for a Visual Science Communications Specialist who will work with NCASC communications team and scientists to develop visual communications products that convey the outcomes of CASC science and describe the goals and activities of the CASC network.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Experience in developing scientific illustrations and graphics for websites and social media.
  • Assist communications team in planning scientific illustrations, graphics, and infographics that will best meet science communication needs.
  • Create scientific illustrations, graphics, and infographics for use on the CASC website and social media platforms.
  • Ensure that all visual products meet accessibility standards, such as Section 508.
  • Experience in developing figures for scientific publications and research grant applications
  • Collaborate, coordinate, and communicate with CASC scientists to plan and create figures for publications, research grants, and other technical products in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that figures meet accessibility standards, such as Section 508.
  • Implement a CASC brand guide
  • Maintain and implement CASC brand guide document.
  • Develop templates that implement the brand guide, to include printed materials (e.g., postcards, bookmarks, information sheets) and slide decks. Templates for printed materials should be produced in easily accessible file types (e.g., .ppt) so that they can be easily implemented by program staff.
  • Re-format existing CASC slide decks and printed material files using the new brand standards.
  • Ensure that templates meet accessibility standards, such as Section 508.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Scientific illustration/graphic design or equivalent field.
  • 2 years or more of experience in scientific illustration/graphic design or equivalent field.
  • Experience with foundational knowledge in the biological and ecological sciences.
  • Familiar with illustration and design principles and best practices.

We are an equal opportunity employer and comply with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All applicants will receive consideration for employment, without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender or gender-identity, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, disability, pregnancy or parental status, or any other basis prohibited by law. If you are an individual with a disability, or have known limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, and would like to request a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us at or [Register to View] (information about job applications status is not available at this contact information).

Job: Life, Physical & Social Science

Travel: None

Organization: ASE - Akima Systems Engineering

Clearance: Not Applicable

Work Type: Remote

Remote: Yes

ReqID: 2024-11366