Conservation Education Resource Assistant – SW Regional Office

US Forest Service, Southwestern Regional Office of Communication and Engagement

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Start Date: January 31, 2022 – September 30, 2022 (Approximate)

Compensation: $650 week + support for lodging

Application Due: December 5, 2021

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

Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

This is a virtual position (must reside in Arizona or New Mexico). Will include occasional travel to Albuquerque.

Vehicle and Driver License Requirements: Applicants should have personal transportation and must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License.

Position Description: The Conservation Education Resource Assistant will work with the USDA Forest Service’s Southwestern Regional Office of Communication & Engagement and partners to advance outdoor and environmental learning opportunities for kids in the Southwest.  (To learn more about current opportunities, please see the State of Outdoor and Environmental Learning (SOEL).)

  •  Work with the Regional Cooperative Education Coordinator, Youth Engagement Specialist, and  other members of the Southwestern Region’s Communication & Engagement team to support educational programs and partnerships that connect kids to the outdoors and the benefits of nature.
  • Publicly promote the Conservation Education program by working with communication staff to produce communication and educational materials, briefing papers, web and social media content, and other information products.
  • Interact with the public and represent the Forest Service at meetings, special events and youth programs.
  •  Communicate with staff at a variety of environmental and outdoor education organizations across the Southwestern Region, orally and in writing.
  •  Other duties as assigned.
  •  Please note this work will be primarily conducted in an office or virtual setting.  There may be occasional opportunities to attend meetings with partner organizations, visit national forests and grasslands in the region,present environmental education programs, and work outdoors.

The intern/Resource Assistant will have the opportunity to gain a variety of skills, partly depending on their interest.  These include:

  • Technical skills and knowledge about working for the Forest Service and the fields of conservation education and environmental and outdoor learning.
  • Communication and engagement skills while working with a team of experts on diverse land management and customer service issues.
  • Decision making and problem-solving skills.
  • Networking internally and with partners. 
  • Planning and prioritizing.
  •  A training budget and support creating a professional development plan will allow for acquiring additional specific skills and certifications of interest.

Natural and Physical Work Environment:

This job will be primarily conducted in an office setting.  There may be occasional opportunities to attend meetings with partner organizations, visit national forests and grasslands in the region, present environmental education programs, and work outdoors.  

The Southwestern Region of the USDA Forest Service has about 2,300 full-time employees on 11 National Forests and four National Grasslands in New Mexico, Arizona, the grasslands of Texas and Oklahoma.  This is a diverse and growing region of the country.  Our programs represent the full range of resource management in the Forest Service, with an emphasis on customer service and contributing to the Southwestern quality of life.  The region serves some 18 million forest visits annually. The regional office is in downtown Albuquerque. The city offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities that stem in part from its rich cultural history and physical setting.  Albuquerque is internationally known for its annual Balloon Fiesta.

Albuquerque is known for having one of the best year-round climates in the United States – with four distinct seasons and more than 300 sunny days per year.  The city offers parks, golf courses, bike routes and trails, as well as museums, cultural and performing arts centers and art galleries.  The Sandia Mountains create a nearby escape with great biking, hiking, and climbing. 

Albuquerque is served by the Albuquerque International Airport, as well as Amtrak and Greyhound bus. The bus system within the city also provides transportation for those with special needs.  A rapid rail system runs from Santa Fe to Belen.

Abilities and Skills:

  •  Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  •  Dedication to building relationships and providing quality customer service.
  •  Experience delivering education and outreach programs.
  • Experience completing projects, such as meeting deadlines, collaborating with others, and ensuring that deliverables meet project needs.
  •  Sound critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  •  Ability to work independently.
  • Familiarity with some or all of the following: Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams) and databases.

Education and Qualifications:  Degree or demonstrated interest in one or more of the following fields:   Education, Natural and Cultural Resources/Science/Sustainability, Communication.

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