Announcement # 18-NCH-R3-1099-3-1035-INT, GS-1099-03, Student Trainee (Public Affairs). You can access this announcement with the announcement number or the USAjobs control #494822800 in USAjobs. Direct link to position to apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/...b/ViewDetails/494822800
About the position: The Kaibab National Forest is seeking a Public Affairs Student Trainee (Information and Arts), GS-1099-03, in support of the Public Affairs Program. The position is located in the Supervisor’s Office of the Kaibab National Forest, which is in Williams, Ariz., about 35 miles west of Flagstaff.
Brief Description of Duties: The Public Affairs Student Trainee will assist the Kaibab National Forest Public Affairs Program with a wide variety of tasks associated with telling the story of the forest and its employees. The primary function of the Public Affairs program is to provide timely, accurate information about the forest’s programs, policies, and activities to members of the public; local, county, state and federal officials; local, regional and national communities and stakeholders; and, internal audiences, including forest employees. The incumbent reports directly to the Kaibab National Forest Public Affairs Officer. Work will be focused on using the forest’s extensive outreach network and media platforms to innovatively and creatively inform and educate stakeholders about the work we do. The Public Affairs program encompasses external and internal information; legislative affairs and congressional relations; communications planning; external and internal website management; media relations; social media management; community relations; crisis communications; media/image monitoring; public information support of wildland fire and other restoration efforts; development, publication and distribution of information products and services; and oversight of communication policies and procedures.
Other Information: This is a “career intern” position starting this summer (approximate start date sometime in May 2018, depending on the incumbent’s school schedule). This position is advertised through the Pathways Internship Program as an “Indefinite Intern”. This means that the student would work at the Kaibab National Forest (on site in Williams, Ariz.) when not in school (i.e. summers until graduation) and potentially for some number of hours during the school semesters (negotiable number of hours, depending on the school schedule of the selected student; telework possible given that the incumbent’s university may not be near Williams, Ariz.). An agreement would be put together to establish a training and work schedule to develop this intern into a potential permanent employee (federal civil service) with the Forest Service in Public Affairs. If the student successfully completes the program (graduates and achieves all requirements of the established agreement), the student may then be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the Forest Service in Public Affairs. There is no commitment on the part of the intern, if he/she decides to not pursue a position with the Forest Service at the end of the internship. And, there is no commitment on the part of the Forest Service to employ that student at the end of the program. However, the idea is that the Forest Service is looking to develop students in school into potential permanent hires for our agency, in this case in the Public Affairs career field. Our goal would be to train and develop the intern during the Pathways internship program and then eventually place the intern into a permanent position somewhere in the agency, if both parties agree that it is a good fit. Even if no conversion to a permanent position occurs, it would still be a great internship/training opportunity for someone interested in Public Affairs and land management.
Housing: Government housing is available for about $8/day during the internship period. There is no requirement that the student intern live in government housing, though.
To Apply: Interested candidates MUST apply in USAjobs during this open period:
Opens: 03/26/2018, Closes: 03/30/2018. Direct link for more information and to apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/...b/ViewDetails/494822800
Position Supervisor: Jacqueline Banks, Public Affairs Officer, Kaibab National Forest, firstname.lastname@example.org
Very strong communication skills (verbal and written) and good work ethic
Ability to work with a diverse range of stakeholders and partners in a team environment
Knowledge of and interest in land management and natural/cultural resource issues
Experience/training in journalism, communications, public relations, marketing, radio/television/video production, photo/video journalism, graphic design/layout, and/or related disciplines
Experience with social media and web platforms
Interest in a permanent, full-time career with the Forest Service (federal government civil service). (If the selected student intern successfully completes this program, the student may then be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the Forest Service.)
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