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Partnerships and Community Engagement Intern
Ref No.: 20-00032
Location: Nelsonville, Ohio
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 06/01/2020
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. The intern will assist specialists with projects to become familiar with multiple resource areas that perform on the ground work that helps manage the Wayne 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 program will begin in May 2020, and continue full-time for 6 months.
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:
  • Assist with coordination of partnerships with the Outdoor Recreation Council of Appalachia (ORCA) and other community organizations working together to plan, construct, and manage the Baileys Trail System
  • Participate in a variety of stakeholder community meetings in the Athens Ranger District related to the Baileys Trail System and outdoor recreation. During meetings, network with local stakeholders to learn about their projects while also recording meeting notes.
  • Organize meeting to bring partners together to help develop a shared natural resource and recreation vision
  • Assist with administration of grants and agreements
  • Coordinate events and activities to promote the outdoor to people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences.
  • Coordinate with partners such as ORCA, Athens Bicycle Club, Rural Action, Athens County Foundation, Ohio University, and Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and 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 outdoor recreation and community development activities. 
  • Work with non-profit groups and forest leadership to assist in grants and agreement opportunities. 
  • 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, 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 both office and field settings
  • Experience in 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:  Wayne National Forest – Nelsonville, OH
Compensation: $12/hour
Benefits: Eligibility for a noncompetitive hiring authority certificate after serving a minimum of 960 hours', health insurance for 6 months, $500 monthly lodging stipend, and professional development training.

About Wayne National Forest:
The Wayne National Forest, located in the hills of southeastern Ohio, encompasses approximately 244,000 acres across 12 counties. The Wayne is divided into three units (Athens, Marietta, and Ironton) administered by two Ranger Districts at Athens and Ironton. A field office is also located east of Marietta.
The Forest consists predominantly of oak/hickory and mixed hardwood forests with smaller amounts of pine in the unglaciated foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Several smaller rivers and the much larger Ohio River are located within the Forest providing some of the best warm water fishing in the state.  The Wayne National Forest was also recently rated as one of the top 10 public land hunting opportunities in the country and is known for producing large white-tailed bucks.
The Forest boundaries surround a checkerboard pattern of ownership, with public and private ownership interspersed. As arguably one of the most complex landscapes to manage due to the urban to rural gradient, overlapping ownership issues, and diversity of public opinion, working on this Forest will provide one with a knowledge and skillset that will advance one's career in natural resource management, as well as the support of a friendly, welcoming work environment.   More information about the forest can be found on our website at

Email Christine Louis-Jacques at for any questions.