Public Affairs Assistant – US Forest Service

Monongahela National Forest
    June 25, 2020
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    Monongahela National Forest


    Do you have oral and written communication skills? Do you enjoy working with people and providing customer service?

    The Corps Network (TCN) is looking for a professional and detail-oriented Resource Assistant to provide communications support at a national forest. This internship position will process correspondence, handle merchandise sales, and engage the public.

    What is the Resource Assistants Program (RAP)?

    Particular attention will be given to ensure full representation of women and participants from historically Black, Hispanic, and Native American schools or other schools with diverse student populations. Resource Assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship Resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    Public Affairs Assistant assists public affairs officer with outreach to local communities and schools, coordinates updates to websites and social media, staffs an information desk, works with databases and mail lists, provides basic photography, and prepares maps using geographic information systems.

    The Public Affairs Intern will support the Monongahela National Forest with website design, development, and management. In addition, the Intern will research, write, and edit communication products. Working closely with the Public Affairs Officer the Intern will produce a wide variety of communication products for the Forest audiences and Partners.

    Qualifications and Skills:

    • Existing video editing skills beneficial, not required
    • Excellent oral and written communication
    • Demonstrated familiarity in website design, development, and maintenance
    • Demonstrated experience in the preparation of professional presentations, fact sheets, website content, and other communication materials
    • Experience with graphic design programs preferred, but not required
    • A bachelor’s degree, or higher degree, in communication, journalism, or related field
    • Ability to interpret diversity in the conservation workforce

    Compensation and Benefits: 

    • $500 per week x 26 weeks
    • Health insurance benefits
    • Housing allowance
    • Generous professional development allowance
    • Opportunities for paid work travel, training sessions, and conferences.
    • Opportunities to network with U.S. Forest Service field rangers and professionals.
    • RAP Direct Hiring Authority: After completing and meeting program requirements, interns are eligible for the RAP Direct Hire Authority for permanent, term and temporary Forest Service positions.

    Start Date: September 21st, 2020

    Duration: 6 months

    Deadline to apply: Monday, July 13th at 11:55 pm MST


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