Curriculum Writer - Field Science, The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

Primary Function

Application instructions: Please upload 2 sample curricula (can be PDF or link to content on web) to your application.

Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology. The observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms, collect soil and water data, and maintain ground-based sensor systems. All NEON program data are publicly available on our data portal. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

We are currently seeking a Curriculum Writer –Field Science Training . This position is located in Boulder, CO .

The Curriculum Writer will be part of the NEON Education and Engagement team that is responsible for developing and maintaining programs and content for training our 400+ field staff (the majority of whom are seasonal employees) stationed at 17 field offices distributed across the United States. Our curriculum supports training on terrestrial and aquatic biological, ecological, and hydrological procedures, and maintenance of ground-based sensors. Using a train-the-trainer model, staff training occurs at field offices using a combination of classroom-based instruction, field and lab practice sessions, and on-the-job training. Training materials consist of lesson plans, instructor-led and self-guided presentations, recorded lectures, instructional videos, written and online quizzes, and performance-based assessments. The Curriculum Writer works collaboratively with NEON headquarters scientist and engineers responsible for writing protocols and procedures as well as with the field staff who implement procedures and deliver training.

Major Responsibilities

  • Apply principles of adult learning, learning styles, and various instructional design approaches and processes for creation of training curriculum.
  • Update, revise, and improve training material to reduce classroom time and increase hands-on practice and on-the-job training.
  • Transition instructor-led presentations to self-guided units that include authentic exercises.
  • Create assessment tools for identifying program gaps and for evaluating trainee abilities and trainer effectiveness.
  • Consult and collaborate with subject-matter experts and trainers.
  • Provide logistical support and assist with content development for annual in-person trainer trainings.
  • Conduct remote trainings on curriculum use.


  • Bachelor’s degree in ecology or related field with 3-5 years of experience conducting ecological/natural science field sampling OR
  • Master’s degree in ecology or related field with 0-3 years of experience conducting ecological/natural science field sampling.
  • Knowledge of adult learning and instructional design principles and best practices, as well as current and emerging trends and methods in the learning and development industry.
  • Excellent communication skills both spoken and written.
  • The ability to develop engaging course materials in a variety of formats that result in successful implementation of field and lab procedures.
  • Provide written, in person, and remote instruction enabling trainers to efficiently prepare for and deliver training.
  • High level of attention to detail and ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with MS office suite products.
  • Ability to create curriculum graphics (drawings, charts, graphs, photographs, etc…).
  • Effective problem solving skills and ability to act on changing priorities.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to field sites (up to four times per year).

Must have permanent authorization for US employment.


  • Experience with e-learning/web-based technologies
  • HTML programming
  • Instructional video production, filming, and editing.
  • Project management skills.

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