(closed) GBIF Secretariat is recruiting a Communications Specialist

Three-year staff role will focus on writing, social media and general communications support
DEADLINE: 15 May 2024

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The GBIF Secretariat, located in Copenhagen, is looking for a Communications Specialist to join the Participation and Engagement group and expand the capacity of its small Communications team.

The incumbent’s primary responsibilities will encompass general communications support with a focus on:

  • Creating, editing, revising and publishing written materials, including news items, newsletters and other content for both web and print
  • Planning, implementing and monitoring engagement through social media

This work will advance wider understanding of GBIF’s unique value proposition, working within the framework of a user-driven communications strategy, which will be updated in 2024. The incumbent will help GBIF leverage its international profile and convening power to increase its visibility and expand support of even more biodiversity-related communities of practice than at present.

Candidates must possess outstanding writing and editing talents, precise attention to detail, and demonstrated skills in making technical or scientific information clear, compelling and accessible. The post is a full-time position located in Copenhagen for a period of three (3) years with the possibility of extension.

What you need

  • A passion for biodiversity, science and/or data
  • A clear understanding of best practices, trends and data-driven insights in social media
  • A grasp on brand communications basics, such as voice, tone, brand personality and positioning
  • Demonstrated experience engaging audiences through social media to build connections and increase brand loyalty

Required skills and experience

  • A minimum of three (3) years’ work in a similar position
  • Undergraduate degree in a field relevant to communications or GBIF’s work, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with social media and photo and video sharing platforms, as well as tools and best practices for the same
  • Commitment to and understanding of openness: open data, open licensing, open science, open culture, open social, etc.
  • Experience in implementing audience-driven communications strategies and plans
  • Full professional proficiency in English; proficiency in a second UN language is extremely desirable
  • Ability to prioritize and balance parallel assignments while delivering reliable, consistent results

Desired skills and experience

  • In-depth knowledge of a scientific, technical or environmental field
  • Experience with content management systems, markup languages (especially Markdown and AsciiDoctor), and email distribution applications
  • Experience with community moderation and management, fan appreciation initiatives and social media platforms, tools and techniques
  • Other general communications skills and competencies, including basic visual design and production

What we offer

  • A positive team atmosphere and lively work setting in a small but dynamic world capital
  • The chance for hands-on work within a small, highly effective team responsible for coordinating communications across a large and active global network
  • Opportunities to collaborate with highly skilled data scientists, informaticians, developers, researchers, policymakers and other experts
  • Varied and unique prospects for personal and professional development
  • A competitive remuneration package

This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual to develop international experience working to support evidence-driven research and policy for the benefit of science and society. If your motivation, interests and experience match these requirements, we look forward to hearing from you.


GBIF salaries are competitive and exempt from Danish income tax. The selected candidate is expected to take up residency in Denmark for the duration of the contract, and the GBIF Secretariat will secure the required residence and work permit with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A relocation package is available for internationally recruited staff.

Application procedure and deadline

Applications for the position should be in English and include a letter addressing your experience and qualifications for the job, your curriculum vitae, two writing samples (at least one in English) and three sample social media posts from at least two platforms. Submit application by email to comms-job-2024@gbif.org by 15 May 2024. Please indicate in the application where you saw this advertisement. Enquiries concerning the position can be addressed to communications manager Kyle Copas or to HR manager Susanne Sheldon.

Interviews for the position are expected to take place starting in June 2024. Our goal is for the successful candidate to start in the position in August 2024 or soon thereafter, so we would ask applicants to indicate their needs and availability with regard to timing in the application letter.

GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an international network and data infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere, open access to data about all types of life on Earth.

GBIF is an equal opportunities employer and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of gender, colour, racial, social or ethnic origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation, marital status or family situation, or any other status. Staff are recruited on the broadest possible geographical basis.