Science in Society Writer



Time Commitment

A few hours per week


3435 Main Street
New York
United States


Science Demands Action (SDA) is seeking Erie County based volunteers to write content for our website and social media accounts. An ideal candidate could come from a number of different backgrounds. Writing experience is high valued, but not required. Passionate students and community members are encouraged to apply. All applicants will be encouraged to volunteer with SDA regardless of whether or not they are ready to join our writing team.

The responsibilities of a volunteer website content writer might include:

  • Covering national and local science policy issues
  • Covering events hosted by or attended by SDA
  • Providing SEO friendly descriptions for sections of the website
  • Designing and executing projects the writer is interested in that also advance SDA’s mission
  • Having editing meetings with the Executive Director
  • Regularly communicating with the Board of Directors and Social Media and Marketing Committee
  • Regularly attending weekly planning meetings where some meetings can be attended electronically
  • A capacity to adhere to and uphold the core values of SDA

About Science Demands Action:

SDA is a newly incorporated volunteer run non-profit created by the planning committees of the first annual Buffalo March for Science that took place on April 22nd, 2017 in Delaware Park.

The March for Science movement stands for cutting edge science education, consistent research funding, benefits of science that are accessible to women and underrepresented minorities, environmental protections, and evidence based public policy.

SDA’s mission is to guide communities in using science for social good. Our core values are listed below.

SDA has hosted discussions and community actions on vaccination, the opioid epidemic, the Paris Climate Accord, innovation and immigration, net neutrality, and the impact of tax reform on academic research since its founding. SDA maintains a consistent presence at science education fairs and events throughout the region including scouting events and events hosted by science and environmental education groups.

Core Values of Science Demands Action:

Scientific Literacy: We know that a practical knowledge of the scientific process helps communities make better personal and political choices.

Evidence-Based Policy: We know that the best policies are not created by political ideologies or media talking points. We advocate for legislation that successfully utilizes relevant information across fields.

Diversity: We know that diverse voices working together create better strategies, policies, and action. Inclusion makes us all stronger.

Grassroots Community Organizing: We know that amplifying community voices encourages participation in all levels of government.

Integrated Disciplines: We know that collaboration over competition allows us to learn from one another and devise creative solutions.

True Dialogue: We know that the practice of science should be accessible, transparent, and accountable to communities. This means active listening, accurate reporting, and responsive research.

Nonpartisanship: We know that strong policy decisions transcend political parties. We seek to speak meaningfully to influence policy, rather than politics. 

How To Apply

Please send your CV, resume, linkedin, or short bio to with any available portfolio pieces and a description of your experiences with SDA’s core values.

In the absence of any portfolio writing, please send a 400 word op-ed story written at a seventh grade reading level about why your hometown should embrace, or more thoroughly embrace, green technologies. Applicants with portfolio pieces are encouraged to write using this prompt as well.