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Partnerships and Community Development Intern
Ref No.: 19-00003
Company/Department:USDA Forest Service/Public Affairs, GIS and Environmental Coordination
Location: Gainesville, Georgia
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 01/10/2019
Pay Rate : $ 14.00 /Hour
Position Description:
This internship will provide exposure to the Forest Service, and provide advance training in the application of outreach principles and practices. Assignments are designed to provide training in partnership and community development for which the unit is responsible.  Intern will assist higher-graded specialists in projects of limited difficulty to become familiar with laws, policies, and regulations in the targeted specialized series.  Intern will receives formal and on-the job training in planning, organizing, and executing information, external relations, public involvement, and environmental education activities on the unit, to develop experience in various phases of public affairs, partnerships, and volunteer services.  Under close supervision the intern will organize meetings to bring partners together to help develop a shared natural resource vision; actively seek out opportunities for the Forest Service to integrate more fully into the community, and coordinate events and activities to promote the outdoors to young people of all backgrounds and experiences. The program will begin in early 2019, and continue full-time for 52 weeks with potential for extension.
 
Major duties will include, but not limited to:
  • Work with local volunteers and non-profit groups to engage in community development activities and delivery of conservation education, recreation and natural resource programs and activities. 
  • Establish and maintain lists of interested Forest Service stakeholders for the purpose of partnership efforts and event planning. 
  • Work with non-profit groups and forest leadership to assist in grants and agreement opportunities. 
  • Assignments are designed to provide training in partnership and community development functions for which the unit is responsible.  Assist higher-graded specialists in projects of limited difficulty to become familiar with laws, policies, and regulations in the targeted specialized series.
  • Receives formal and on-the job training in planning, organizing, and executing information, external relations, public involvement, and environmental education activities on the unit, to develop experience in various phases of public affairs, partnerships, and volunteer services.
  • Organizes volunteer events on the unit to introduce the community to the work that the Forest Service conducts and to develop future land stewards.
  • Process applications and conduct site visits to inform reports and proposals. 
  • Use a variety of communications tools to share information with the public regarding the Forest Service.
  • Under close supervision prepares information releases for various internal and external audiences including social media accounts, press, and for local schools concerning the mission, programs, and activities of the Forest Service. Drafts pamphlets, brochures, booklets, etc., and as directed, arranges for printing.
  • Prepares audio-visual programs, according to instructions, for both specific presentations and for broad repeated use.
 
Desired knowledge, skills or abilities:
  • Public Relations, Business Administration, Communications, Education, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Sciences or similar relevant degree
  • Basic knowledge of written and oral communication principles, techniques and methods; analytical methods; and interpersonal relations practices in order to apply the skill to recurring and precedent assignments.
  • Communications skills sufficient to explain and gather information.
  • Skill sufficient for writing and editing news, feature, and quasi-technical articles.
  • Work is reviewed in progress and on completion for technical accuracy and conformance to instruction.
  • Ability to perform duties in an office setting, as well as, field assignments which may result in exposure to hazards associated with foot travel to remote forested area.
  • Experience working on projects which entail interpreting laws, regulations, policies or procedures under the guidance of others.
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of laws and government policies.
  • Interpersonal communication, public speaking and/or customer service experience with an emphasis on partnership and stakeholder engagement.
  • Experience writing reports and creating and coordinating presentations using various software programs such as PowerPoint, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and AdobeConnect, etc
 
Location:  Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests (Gainesville, Georgia)
Compensation: $14/hr; Biweekly Travel Stipend
Benefits: Eligibility for a noncompetitive hiring authority certificate
 
Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.
 
If interested, please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Greening Youth Foundation at cljacques@gyfoundation.org.