Animation Producer IV

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Job ID: 11525

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Do you have a passion for Earth Science and want to share it with the world through your creative storytelling?  Are you a master storyteller who can simplify complex Earth science concepts and use visualization and related technology to provide a deeper understanding of Earth science processes and how it can benefit society?

JPL's Earth Public Engagement Office has an opportunity for you to help recommend, demonstrate and procure emerging visualization technologies, both hardware and software, that can be incorporated into JPL's Earth science visualization capabilities and ensure they remain on the leading edge of visual storytelling technology.


As the Senior Earth Science Visual Storyteller, you will work closely with the JPL Earth Science, Visualization and Communications communities to create and display compelling visual stories using the latest technology available at JPL. Working directly with the scientists, their data and results, and the public engagement team for storytelling review & sourcing additional video, stills and graphics, these stories will be presented on various mediums including PowerPoint presentations, video walls, Earth globes, and a 3D projection system in JPL’s Earth Science Center (ESC) and  when appropriate made available for distribution online through the Office of Communications and Education.



  • Conceptualize, write, produce and present Earth science stories for public and VIP audiences;
  • Collaborate with the Earth public engagement team and Earth scientists to simplify complex concepts, using technology to provide a deeper understanding of Earth science processes;
  • Recommend, maintain and help demonstrate emerging visualization technologies, both hardware and software, that can be incorporated into JPL's Earth science visualization capabilities to ensure that we remain on the leading edge of visual storytelling technology;
  • Interface with contractors, audio visual systems engineer, systems administrator, and Visualization Technology and Development (VTAD) Technical Manager/Producer to ensure that all technology and software in the ESC and its adjacent conference room are working properly
  • Procure and maintain services and parts for 3D projector
  • Perform a variety of Earth Science/ESC demonstrations for groups small and large, JPL families to VIPS and support VIP presentations when requested;
  • Manage content and updates to JPL’s internal Earth Science website
  • Oversee improvements to JPL’s Earth Science Center



  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth Science, Geology, Environmental Science or other related discipline with a minimum of 9 years of related experience or a Master’s degree with 7 years of related experience.
  • Experience with program storytelling software (for example, Worldviewer, PowerPoint)
  • Advanced knowledge of Earth Science concepts and terminology
  • Advanced knowledge of AVID Media Composer, Final Cut Pro, Microsoft PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign/Acrobat, ArcGIS, Python, Javascript, and CANVAS
  • Significant experience in web design and graphic design,
  • Demonstrated experience working with multiple stakeholders in large organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to present scientific data products in a clear, accurate and engaging manner

Preferred Skills:

  • Understanding of and experience in visualizing remotely sensed, digital cartographic and statistical data
  • Demonstrated success at working closely with scientists and their data to construct visual stories that provide understanding to other scientists, policy makers and the general public.
  • Demonstrated experience in the production of science stories using the WorldViewer visualization system and/or Science on a Sphere display system or similar
  • Experience in working with NASA, NOAA, the EPA or other federal agencies communicating the results of science research and applications projects


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