Communications and Social Media Student Assistant

Hiring Organization: Forest Carbon and Climate Program, Department of Forestry
Employment type: Part-Time
Application Deadline: September 25, 2021

Position description

The Communications and Social Media Student Assistant will play an active role in developing the MSU Forestry Forest Carbon and Climate Program (FCCP) presence in digital, social media, and printed formats. The Student Assistant will work with the FCCP Program Assistant to build and maintain the FCCP social media platforms and promote FCCP programs, courses, activities, and events with communications materials. The assistant will share content and write/create original flyers, short stories, graphics and images that comply with MSU brand standards. The assistant will also help to maintain the FCCP website by uploading and updating content.


  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Interest and basic to moderate skills in storytelling, copy editing, and graphic design
  • Familiarity with mainstream social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
  • Familiarity with the Adobe Suite (primarily InDesign and Illustrator)
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Interest in conservation, land management, forests, and/or climate change

Working Conditions

The position will offer remote work options. Office space is available for use if needed. The working environment includes working with computer screens, sitting at a desk and using digital design and word processing software.


Office is located in MSU’s Natural Resources building.  MSU enjoys a park-like campus with outlying research facilities and natural areas. The campus is located in the City of East Lansing, adjacent to the capital City of Lansing. The Lansing metropolitan area has a diverse population of approximately 450,000. Local communities have excellent school systems and place a high value on education. The University is proactive about its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside of the University, and respects all family forms. Information about MSU’s dual career support can be found at Information about WorkLife at MSU can be found at


Starting wage is $15/hour for 8-20 hours per week while classes are in session (additional hours are possible during breaks, exam week and summer semester).  Hours can be flexible within the range provided based on student course workload. Continuation for multiple semesters is anticipated.

To Apply

Email: 1) a letter of interest detailing qualifications for the position and the dates/times of availability, 2) resume/CV with list of relevant coursework or experiences, and 3) links to a portfolio, blog, flickr, Instagram or similar to showcase photography, storytelling or design skills. Email: Em Esch  This position is available on Handshake by searching for Job #5270616.


Applications will be considered until September 25, 2021, or until the position has been filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. MSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.