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Partnerships and Community Development Intern
Ref No.: 19-00096
Location: Marlinton or Parsons, West Virginia
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 09/11/2019
Pay Rate : $ 12.00 /Hour
Position Description:
This internship will provide exposure to the Forest Service and rural Appalachian communities. Assignments are designed to provide experience in partnership and community development.  With supervisor support, the intern will organize meetings to bring partners together to help develop a shared natural resource and recreation 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 people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. The program will begin in the fall of 2019, and continue full-time for 11 months. The intern will assist higher-graded specialists in projects of limited difficulty to become familiar with multiple resource areas that perform on the ground work that helps manage the Monongahela National Forest.  The intern will receive formal and on-the job training in planning, external relations, public involvement, and environmental education, to develop experience in various phases of public affairs, partnerships, and volunteer services.
 
The Monongahela National Forest (MNF) is almost 1 million acres in size and spans 10 counties in West Virginia, making it the largest block of public land in the state.  The Forest is within a day's drive of 1/3 of the US population and is a recreation/tourist destination hosting over 3 million visitors each year. The MNF is located in the central portion of West Virginia's Appalachian Ridge and Valley and Allegheny Plateau regions.  The species diversity combined with the rural setting and interesting cultural environment, contribute to the unique lifestyle of the region. The Forest has 4 Ranger Districts, 2 Visitor Centers, 8 Wilderness Areas, and a National Recreation Area. The MNF currently has approximately 120 permanent employees.  Summer hires, AmeriCorps, SCA, and Resource Assistant positions can add up to 30 more employees each year. 
 
The Greening Youth Foundation (GYF) has established a well-earned reputation as a leading youth conservation organization focused on the recruitment, training and placement of young people from underserved and diverse backgrounds in natural resources management in partnership with public lands.
 
Major duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • Participate in a variety of stakeholder community meetings throughout the Monongahela National Forest. Network with local stakeholders to learn about their projects while also recording meeting notes.
  • Coordinate with partners such as West Virginia University and USDA Rural Development as well as many others on various assignments such as producing briefing papers, collecting recreation and tourism data, managing project information, and applying for grants.
  • Establish and maintain lists of interested Forest Service stakeholders for the purpose of partnership efforts and event planning. 
  • 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. 
  • Work with non-profit groups and forest leadership to assist in grants and agreement opportunities. 
  • Organize volunteer and general public engagement events to introduce the community to the work that the Forest Service conducts and to develop future land stewards.
  • Use a variety of communications tools to share information with the public regarding the Forest Service.
  • With supervisor support, prepare information for various internal and external audiences including social media accounts, websites, press, and for local schools concerning the mission, programs, and activities of the Forest Service. Drafts pamphlets, brochures, booklets, etc.
Desired knowledge, skills or abilities:
  • Public Relations, Business Administration, Communications, Education, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Sciences or relevant degree
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences
  • Interpersonal communication, public speaking and/or customer service experience with an emphasis on partnership and stakeholder engagement
  • Self-starter that can work both independently and in teams
  • 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 writing grants
  • Demonstrated ability to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of laws and government policies
  • Experience writing reports and creating and coordinating presentations using various software programs
  • Proficient in Microsoft Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
 
Location:  Monongahela National Forest – One position in Parsons, WV and one in Marlinton, WV.
Compensation: $12/hour, medical insurance, and small rent stipend.
Benefits: Eligibility for a noncompetitive hiring authority certificate after working 960 hours.
 
Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.
 
For full consideration, please submit your cover letter noting your preferred location and resume. Questions? Email Alex Momon at amomon@gyfoundation.org.