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Forest Plan Revision Team Project Coordinator
Ref No.: 19-00067
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 09/09/2019
Position Description:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) seeks a Resource Assistant to support the Forest Plan Revision Team on the Wayne National Forest in public communications and internal project coordination. Responsibilities may include assisting in planning and facilitating public meetings, writing and editing internal and public communications, and preparing and organizing detailed documentation for the Forest Plan Revision public record. Projects and assignments will support the Forest Plan Revision Team's dedication to a collaborative and efficient Forest Plan Revision process, while offering the opportunity for formal and on-the-job training in planning, organizing, external relations, public involvement, and project management.
The RA may work on a variety of communication and coordination projects and products, such as:
Communication – Help to develop communication products that will be used to share information with employees and public. This may include development of interactive story maps for sharing updates and products. Familiarity with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is helpful for a variety of tasks.
Engagement – Help to plan the logistics for meetings and workshops and assisting with meetings management. Outreach – Assist in strengthening the Forest Plan Revision Team outreach to stakeholders, local community members, and the broader public to ensure those with a stake and interest in public lands management are heard and considered during the revision process.
Editing – Help organize and compile an extensive annotated bibliography across multiple topic areas, including both written and spatial data.

Basic qualifications:
  • Must be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Must hold at least a bachelor's degree in Communication, Management, Arts, Science, or a related field
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Additional Qualifications:
Successful candidate should have interpersonal and written communications skills; general experience/comfort working with Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, basic GIS knowledge is desirable; and ability to multi task in a fast pace environment. A self-starter with an interest in communications and natural resources is highly desirable. Intern must be detail-oriented, organized, trustworthy, dependable and willing to work with people of different perspectives.

Overview of the Wayne National Forest:
The Wayne National Forest is a patchwork of public land that covers over a quarter million acres of Appalachian foothills of southeastern Ohio. The Forest is divided into three units managed out of two Ranger District offices located in Nelsonville and Ironton, with a field office in Marietta.
The Forest Plan Revision Team on the Wayne National Forest is working to revise the land management plan for the forest. A forest plan guides the decisions of Forest Service land managers by directing where and under what conditions an activity or project on a national forest can proceed. Forest plans are updated every 10-15 years, and public involvement is an important step in this revision process.
The Wayne National Forest is seeking to be innovative in both the planning and collaboration approaches during this plan revision process

$500 a month for housing and weekly stipend $12 /hr.; non-competitive hiring status upon successful completion.