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.

CAST Mailing address:  4420-Lincoln Way, Ames, IA  50014



The Communications Manager is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating effective CAST Communication efforts.  Current CAST communications involve print publications, weekly e-newsletter Friday Notes, website, blogs, press releases, and social media platforms (@CASTAgScience on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn).  This position works closely with the Executive Vice President/Chief Executive Officer, Director of Council Operations, Scientific Editor, and Membership Specialist.  The position supervises a Communications Intern and is expected to build a team of volunteers to develop new communication channels (including but not limited to videos and podcasts) with CAST stakeholders.  The position involves updating the CAST website content, generating news and media releases, creating new content and repurposing content created by CAST and CAST stakeholders to match the appropriate audience.

Position Classification: Full-time (35 hours/week), flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.

Location: Onsite (Ames, IA), remote, or hybrid.

Wage/Salary Range:  Commensurate with experience and ability.  The position includes benefits, (health, vision, dental, life) insurance, 401(3)b retirement, vacation, and sick leave.

Travel: There is the opportunity for domestic travel annually in the fall for the CAST Annual Board Meeting and to Des Moines, IA for special events.  Estimated travel commitment approximately 2-5 days/year.

Education and Experience: (Practical experience may be considered in lieu of education)

Full Position Description

Application Process:  For additional information or to apply interested candidates should contact or send a cover letter, resume, and portfolio samples (by mail or electronically) .

Deadline:  The position is open until filled.  Applications from candidates not selected for the position will be held on file for one calendar year for future consideration.

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 or Skills-Based

Time Commitment:  Estimated 6-9 weeks, flexible schedule

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

To Apply:  Email Anne Owens, aowens@cast-science.org

Help Support CAST

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