Work with the Field Museum: Digital Media Producer/Editor for the Brain Scoop

Location: Chicago, IL

The Brain Scoop ( is an award-winning educational YouTube channel that aims to share the research and collections of The Field Museum with a diverse, international audience. Its goal is to create original content that demonstrates how science can be engaging, fun, and easy to understand. In the three years since its launch The Brain Scoop has continued to grow a large and loyal viewership, and has become one of the most popular outlets for museum science in the world.

The Brain Scoop is looking for a media producer/editor to add to their team, who would help with the production and execution of digital content for its various audiences. This person is eager, talented and creative, able to pursue and develop original ideas, and work collaboratively with a small team to create high-quality content for a major natural history research institution.

This is a full time position with benefits, and reports to The Brain Scoop’s program director.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the development and execution of a new series of short (5-7 minute) videos, to be hosted on The Brain Scoop’s channel:
    • help supervising editor with filming, light and sound design, and editing, while consistently following the style of The Brain Scoop
  • Ingest and organize footage
    • be able to manage and archive digital media assets
  • Create first edits to be sent to supervising editor
  • Assist supervising editor with searching for archive, music/sfx for episodes
  • Be able to work closely and collaboratively with science staff to maintain information accuracy
  • Collaborate with Museum digital communications staff to develop and integrate content execution strategies
  • Occasionally engage with the public and participate in outreach programs
  • Maintain and care for production gear



  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (i.e. film, animation, interactive media) or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required
  • Experience working with Adobe Premiere, AfterEffects, Photoshop, Illustrator, and Audition
  • Experience using Canon video and digital cameras
  • Experience using lavs and shotgun mic’s in two-person interviews and for field recordings
  • An understanding of and appreciation for YouTube as a distribution platform and community-building social media
  • Ability to travel on occasion for work and filming
  • Dedication to the goals and mission of The Field Museum
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting; excellent communication and collaborative skills an absolute requirement.
  • A personal passion for informal education, communication, and museum work
  • A sense of humor
  • Demonstrable knowledge and experience in digital media production – demo reel required for consideration


Not Required, but Preferred:

  • Understanding of a variety of social media platforms
  • Backpacking and travel experience, including the ability to work in occasional unfavorable conditions while camping, hiking, and living in remote locations for periods of 1-4 weeks

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