Join the Pisgah National Forest and partners in developing a website and social media campaign to increase the land stewardship ethic of forest visitors by showcasing the importance of conservation at several popular destinations in western North Carolina.
Beautiful sites along the Appalachian Trail (example: Max Patch and Carver’s Gap) have been subjected to overuse and poor stewardship by users. This virtual intern will be tasked with telling the story of Max Patch, working with partners, and creating a platform for users to learn about responsible recreation and stewardship.
This project would involve researching stewardship at Max Patch, compiling and presenting data and information in an easily accessible way, and designing a website that highlights the beauty of Max Patch while educating the public on responsible stewardship practices. Depending on timelines and the virtual intern’s interest, this model can be expanded to other areas, such as Carver’s Gap.
Additional projects can include proposing and developing material for the National Forests of North Carolina’s website, developing social media plans for Max Patch and other popular areas, and aiding the Public Affairs team in outreach and communications.
To learn more about the National Forest in North Carolina go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/nfsnc/home
Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this unpaid experience will earn credit.
We care about you and your career path. Therefore, this internship includes multiple professional development opportunities such as:
– A virtual panel with USFS employees around diverse career paths within the Forest Service;
– Webinars overviewing post-graduate opportunities, pathways to hire into the Forest Service, and ways to increase your competitiveness for Forest Service and federal jobs;
– Opportunities to present to a Regional and National audience on the program and deliverables;
Connections with the Southern Region’s Recruitment Team to support job skills like building a federal resume, navigating USAJobs, and interviewing for federal jobs;
– Mentors will provide endorsement of skills & recommendations on LinkedIn following a VSFS’s interns successful completion of the program/academic year;
VSFS interns will be signed up under Individual Volunteer Agreements (OF-301a). All VSFS interns are required to record their hours worked on this project and will be reported in the Volunteer & Service Programs Accomplishments Database (VSReports), the Forest Service’s official national reporting database.