Appalachian Conservation Corps
Position title :Science Communications Intern
Deadline to apply :10/01/2021
Start Date :10/01/2021
End Date :09/30/2022
Type of Position :Corpsmember / Intern
Town, City, Park, etc :Washington, D.C.
State / Territory :District of Columbia
Benefits :AmeriCorps, Education Award, Health Insurance
Project/Program Focus :Community Education, Data Collection
Organization/Program Description :
Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) works to connect young people to critical conservation service work across Appalachia and neighboring communities in Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, DC, and Pennsylvania. As a corps program, ACC partners with public land managers to identify, plan, and complete projects that improve public access, habitat quality, and economic development. ACC is a program of Conservation Legacy, a nationwide network of conservation service organizations. Our programs focus on service, place-based learning, life skills development, appreciation of diversity, civic responsibility, and career development. ACC also provides an opportunity for members to learn about the local environment and issues affecting it and introduces individuals to recreation and resource management careers. ACC welcomes national applicants, but also emphasizes the engagement of local individuals who represent the communities in which they serve.
Position Description :
Build your career in resource management, protection and education!
The Science Communications Individual Placement is based in Washington, D.C. with the National Park Service’s Inventory and Monitoring program (https://www.nps.gov/im/ncrn/index.htm). This approximately 12 month AmeriCorps position will work to provide Natural Resource Management-related support to the parks and partners in the National Capital Region through the development of reports, fact sheets, web content, and other communications materials. The Individual Placement (IP) will primarily work on office-based assignments with the capacity to serve remotely under the mentorship and support of the NPS Staff. The materials created by the IP will provide park resource managers with guidance and information that support caretaking of National Park natural resources and may also provide park interpreters with ways to connect to park visitors and the public. The IP may also catalog and otherwise improve access to natural resource reports and related products that were produced by and for the National Parks of the National Capital Region.
- Be between the ages of 18 and 30 (exception for Veterans up to age 35)
- Have US Citizenship or Legal Permanent Residency status
- Have a high school diploma or GED
- Pass background checks: all offers of positions are conditional upon completion of an acceptable check of the National Sex Offender Public Registry and Federal and/or State criminal background check
- Must be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award (individuals are eligible if they have not already completed 2 full years of AmeriCorps service, or 4 AmeriCorps service terms, whichever comes first – please contact us if you are unsure of your eligibility)
- Possess a valid driver’s license
- Comfortable working in an office environment
- Skilled in written communication on scientific and nature topics
- Skilled with Adobe suite products and desktop publishing, Familiarity with Adobe Acrobat DC
- Familiarity with document and multimedia accessibility following Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is preferred (https://www.section508.gov/create/pdfs).
- Familiarity with Natural Resource Management and science topics and policy
- Professionalism in working with project partners
- Interest in pursuing a career with a public land management agency
Additional Benefits :
- $570/week living stipend, paid bi-weekly
- $6,195.00 AmeriCorps Segal Education Award upon successful completion of 1700 hour service term (award amount varies based on length of commitment andcan be used for paying off federal student loans or paying tuition for a Title IV accredited college)
- Medical benefits
- Eligibility for the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority upon successful completion – noncompetitive hiring status for two years when applying for federal positions.
- Possible student loan forbearance
- Member Assistance Program – 3 free sessions of support with a counseling or work-life balance specialist
- Uniform shirts and other necessary safety equipment is provided
- On-the-job training
- Additional subject-specific certifications and trainings may be offered
- Depending upon the academic institution and program, Crew Member positions may fulfill internship requirements
- Professional development opportunities (mentorship, resume support, alumni listserv, etc.) and exposure to natural resource career paths