Social Media Specialist Resource Assistant – ONSITE – Tonto National Forest – Supervisor Office

Start/End Dates: February 5, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Compensation: $650 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical Insurance Included

Application Due: October 31, 2023 

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • a college graduate.

* A personal vehicle is required for this position.

Please Apply Here

Position Description: 

The main function of this position will be to manage the Tonto National Forest’s social media accounts and create original content. The intern will gain experience with various social media apps, and public affairs communication products and work with various program staff to develop original content for various communication products as well as social media. The intern will have some opportunities to capture imagery (video/photos) in the field. In addition, they will learn how to draft news releases, and blogs to share forest information and successes, create products written in plain language that meet Section 508 accessibility compliance standards


  • Work individually or in a team setting to develop creative and informative content for the forest’s social media accounts.
  • Develop an editorial calendar from a variety of sources.
  • Draft blogs, short articles, and news releases using AP Stylebook.
  • Reply to requests for forest information received from the public through the Forest’s social media accounts.
  • Develop educational and informative videos about the Tonto and the Forest Service.
  • Assists with the creation of a variety of communications materials and campaigns, including publications, key messages, fact sheets, and other products.
  • Assist with updating the Forest’s website.
  • Assist with posting fire information on our social media accounts and website. 
  • Monitoring Facebook and X (formally Twitter), responding to comments/questions and direct messages. Creating original content and coming up with campaigns. Creating daily posts.
  • Capture imagery (video/photos) in the field that can be used for internal communication projects and offered as a b-roll to media.
  • Update still/video imagery of the forest and recreation areas.


  • Skilled writer, experienced using Facebook and X, problem solver, attention to detail, creative.
  • Skilled at writing and editing original content.
  • Experience with social media apps.
  • A current driver’s license with a clean driving record is required. 
  • Ability to interact with the public, user groups, community organizations, and agency staff as a team and at times work independently.
  • Ability to maintain poise and courtesy under pressure while demonstrating a professional demeanor.

Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

All RAP interns receive Direct Hire Authority (DHA) at the successful conclusion of their internship. DHA status enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans’ preference, and “rule of three” procedures. For more information, please click HERE.

EEO Statement

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