Opportunities with CAST

See below for current employment, internship and volunteer opportunities.

For more information about available opportunities with CAST, please email, aowens@cast-science.org or call 515-292-2125 ext. 232


Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer (EVP/CEO)

CAST is seeking an Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer (EVP/CEO) to advance CAST’s mission as a leader in science communication, maintaining its strong publishing reputation, increasing public visibility and impact, and leading strong fundraising efforts to insure and sustainably manage the organization’s financial resources.

The EVP/CEO reports to the Board of Directors (BOD) and serves as the chief brand ambassador, a nonvoting member of the BOD and the Board of Representatives, the legal representative of CAST, the editor-in-chief for CAST publications, and supervisor of the CAST staff.

The EVP/CEO provides visionary leadership to the organization and will work with staff and the board of directors to manage operations and projects necessary to implement and operationalize CAST’s strategic goals:

  1. Produce quality and relevant information in a timely manner for our stakeholders.
  2. Strengthen our communications with stakeholders through social media and other means.
  3. Maximize the value of our products to our stakeholders.
  4. Build a strong financial base for the long-term stability of CAST.

Preferred start date is May 2023.

Full Position Announcement and Description

To Apply:  For full consideration, send via E-mail a letter of application addressing pertinent qualifications and detailed work experiences; résumé; and names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of four professional references.

Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. The search will continue until a suitable candidate is found.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Please send applications to:
Melissa Sly, msly@cast-science.org

Please direct inquiries about the position to:
Anna Dilger, President, adilger2@illinois.edu

CAST is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer

Internship and Practicum Opportunities

Communication Intern

Work with the Communication and Social Media Specialist to deliver credible, science-based news about agricultural science and technology through CAST communications. Develop new communication strategies and evaluating existing strategies. Position is open for an internship or practicum experience and designed to meet academic requirements. Preference will be given to students with an agricultural background, and currently attending a CAST Education Program member institution.  

Applications for the Spring (and Summer) 2023 should be received by November 11, 2022.

Full Position Description

Wage Range: $9.00-$14.00/hour, dependent on experience and ability.

Location: Remote, hybrid, or in-person (Ames, IA)

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-15 hours/week, flexible schedule, occasional evenings and weekends for special events

To Apply:  

Please send a cover letter, resume, and and 2-3 examples of their communication skills (i.e. blog posts, press releases or articles, short papers [1-5 pages], social media posts, video clips, etc.) electronically or by mail.


Communications Audit

Interested volunteer(s) would complete a content audit to assist CAST Board and Staff in determining the following:

1) Are current versions of CAST products (scientific publications, lesson plans, study guides, webinar videos) reaching our intended audience?
2) What channels are people physically engaging through to access CAST publications and resources?
3) What does engagement look like with CAST and CAST publications beyond likes and shares?
4) What would be recommended metrics to determine reach and engagement?
5) What should we consider as we explore expanding our delivery method of our product (podcasts, infographics, blog, etc.) in terms of metrics, resources, etc.?

Volunteer Type:  Pro-Bono

Time Commitment:  Estimated 6-9 weeks, flexible schedule

Location: Remote, hybrid, or in-person (Ames, IA)

To Apply:  https://www.taprootplus.org/projects/19567


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Your donation to CAST helps support the CAST mission of communicating science to meet the challenge of producing enough food, fiber and fuel for a growing population. Every gift, no matter the size, is appreciated.