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Public Relations Specialist Intern

Deadline:
Employer:
US Forest Service
Job Field:
Fisheries
Forestry
Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism
Water and Soil Resources
Wildlife
GIS/Technology
Policy/Administrative
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location:
New Hampshire
Ohio
West Virginia
Job Description:

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 the public affairs 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.  Under close supervision prepares information releases for the press, radio, 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.  The program will begin in early August, and continue full-time for 52 weeks.

 

Major duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Assist in the development of documents and reports for various special use permits, assessment reports and project proposals for the supervisor’s review.
  • Process applications and conduct site visits to inform reports and proposals. 
  • Use a variety of communications tools to share information with the public regarding special use permits.
  • Work with local volunteers and non-profit groups to engage in community involvement and delivery of recreation 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 the public affairs 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.
  • Under close supervision prepares information releases for the press, radio, 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.
Qualifications:

Desired knowledge, skills or abilities:

  • Public Relations, Communications 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, AdobeConnect, etc.
Miscellaneous:

Location:  Wayne NF, White Mountain NF, Shawnee NF, Monongahela NF, Mark Twain NF

How to Apply:

If interested, please apply by sending your resume and cover letter to Greening Youth Foundation at epreston@gyfoundation.org