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Fall 2017: Natural Resources Conservation Service - Public Affairs Intern

Sep 22, 2017

Posted in: Internships & scholarships, Public Relations internships

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is a federal agency dedicated to helping America’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners conserve the nation’s soil, water, air, and other natural resources. NRCS is looking for an unpaid Public Affairs Intern to assist with day-to-day activities in the Virginia State Office.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Researching basic information on specific topics to gain an understanding of natural resources and agriculture in Virginia
• Interviewing Virginia farmers and graziers on their conservation practices and techniques and how they have used federal technical assistance and programs to meet their conservation goals and objectives.
• Adapting material into articles for distribution to media contacts and creating fact/ information sheets using federal templates.
• Developing electronic material for posting on the VA NRCS website and distribution to appropriate media outlets.

Qualifications: • News/editorial writing skills • Good communication skills (for interviewing) • Ability to travel (drive) • Good photography skills • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to work under pressure • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and desktop publishing programs (i.e. InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) • Basic understanding of agriculture helpful but not required

Requirements: Applicants will execute all duties as unpaid Earth Team volunteers. Some outdoor work will be involved and site visits to farm locations may be required. Outdoor summer working conditions may sometimes be hot and “dirty.” Work schedule can be flexible, but some days may be long due to travel.

How to Apply: Interested individuals must submit a signed Earth Team application and agreement with the educational institution. Forms are available for download from www.va.nrcs.usda.gov. Fillable versions can be provided via email. Approved candidates must complete a background investigation to obtain Lincpass credentials for computer use. Student internship is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of a background investigation.

For More Information: Contact Barbara Bowen at (804) 287-1679 or barbara.bowen@va.usda.gov.