Public Relations and Outreach Intern

This position has been filled.

Start Date: June 6, 2022 – February 3, 2023 (Approximate)

Compensation: $750 per week + support for lodging and transportation

Application Due: March 28, 2022

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

Employees for these positions are required to be: 
US Citizens, Legal Residents, or otherwise eligible to work in the US 
Fully vaccinated for COVID-19*
*To the extent required by law, reasonable accommodation will be provided to those unable to be vaccinated.

Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

Position Description: The Public Relations and Outreach Intern will gain exposure to the USDA Forest Service community engagement and urban connections program and acquire advanced training in the application of public relations, outreach principles and practices, environmental education, and partnerships. The intern will assist a specialist in projects of limited difficulty to become familiar with laws, policies, and regulations related to public relations and outreach as well as partnership grants and agreements oversight. The intern will receive formal and on-the job training in partnerships including the various phases of finding and creating new partnerships within the surrounding communities. The intern will receive formal and on-the job training in grants and agreement management and develop experience researching and assisting partners with grants and agreements applications process and monitoring.

Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use a variety of communications tools to share information about community engagement activities.
  • Work with local partners and non-profit groups to engage in the delivery of public relations and conservation education activities.
  • Work with partners in tracking implementation of on-going grants and agreements.
  • Work with partners developing potential new grants and agreements projects.
  • Receive formal and on-the job training in planning, organizing, and executing public involvement and environmental education activities to develop experience in various phases of public affairs and partnerships.
  • Represent the USDA Forest Service as part of the Wilderness Inquiry ‘Canoemobile’ team.

Natural and Physical Work Environment: The intern will receive formal and on-the job training in planning and carrying out public involvement and environmental education activities. They will participate in local outreach and environmental education events and will work with a local partner, Wilderness Inquiry, as part of their traveling ‘Canoemobile’ tour to Midwest and East Coast states for 5-8 weeks from September through November representing the USDA Forest Service.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of written and oral communication principles, techniques and methods.
  • Communications skills sufficient to explain and gather information and the ability to communicate with a wide variety of audiences.
  • Skills sufficient for writing and editing news, feature, and quasi-technical articles.
  • Self-starter that can work both independently as well as part of a virtual team.


Education:  Master’s Degree in Public Relations, Communications, Outdoor Recreation, Environmental Sciences, or Environmental Education

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