USDA Northeast Climate Hub Climate-Smart Agriculture and Forestry Communications Assistant – REMOTE in Northeast Region

Start Date: June 12, 2023 – February 12, 2024

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

Medical Insurance Included

Application Due: April 15, 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.
  • fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.
  • a college graduate.
  • personal vehicle required.

Please Apply Here

Project Description:

This position is part of a cohort of 20 climate change-focused internships that will receive specialized training and opportunities to engage with other members of the cohort.

The RAP intern will help coordinate and produce creative, multi-media content in collaboration with other team members of the USDA Northeast Climate Hub. Types of tasks may include:

  • Research market for a potential podcast story/series that would be focused on investigating or discussing climate change challenges and/or mitigation/solutions in the Northeast region. And depending on interest, help produce podcast episodes.
  • Help organize and coordinate regional climate change webinars with researchers, extension, natural resource managers, and farmers.
  • Interview webinar presenters to create short, candid but informative articles that highlight upcoming webinar topics and state clear climate change connections.
  • Work with webinar presenter(s) to write 1-page research briefs about information presented in webinar and include related/relevant resources.
  • Draft social media posts for the National USDA Climate Hub’s Twitter account that highlight the (Northeast) Climate Hub’s work and share practical/important information within the Climate Hub’s mission (to be reviewed by supervisor and Northeast Climate Hub team members).
  • Create story maps or interactive/dynamic materials to highlight existing USDA Northeast Climate Hub products.
  • Conduct literature reviews for science-based newsletter articles.
  • Help review and add tools to the Hub Toolshed.

Preferred Skills: 

  • Strong writing/oral and interpersonal skills 
  • Strong file management skills
  • Ability to work within the Microsoft environment (e.g., Word, Excel, etc).
  • Familiarity and/or willingness to research/learn/use various web-based platforms that would host different types of media (from tweets and webinars to story maps and podcasts).
  •  Familiarity with sound production and/or ability to use audio recording equipment – would be a bonus!
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Technical competence with computers and various software programs
  • Agile program management

Education Requirements:

  • We are looking for an intern who is interested in the intersection of science and creative, digital communications. Experience with social media, audio and/or podcast production preferred. Some background in environmental/climate sciences would be helpful, but not required. 
  • College degree in Communications, Marketing, or Journalism preferred, but not required.
  • College graduates from 1890 or Tribal college preferred.

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

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. 

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