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Communications Specialist


Position Dates: Contingent on start date and completion of background check and will continue for 12 months
Location: Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Office of External Affairs

Position Description:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (FS) seeks a Resource Assistant (RA) to perform as a Communication Specialist Intern to support the Rocky Mountain Region's priorities: Improving our work environment, Creating and maintaining resilient landscapes, and Connecting with communities. Responsibilities may include planning, organizing, and/or developing a range of communication products or tools. Projects and assignments will support outreach and engagement opportunities in support of the regional priorities.

  • The RA may work on a variety of communication projects and products, such as:Communication – Help to develop communication products or tools that will be used to share information with employees and the public.
  • Engagement – Help to plan the logistics for meetings and workshops and assist with meetings management.
  • Technology – Use technology such as websites, SharePoint sites, interactive story maps and/or spatial or geographic data to share information.
  • Survey – Conduct interviews and/or use sensing tools to gain intelligence on communication and engagement needs.
  • Outreach – Help more people awaken and strengthen their connection to the land, whether through employment, partnership, recreation, or other forms of engagement.

  • Help implement communications projects and strategies
  • Draft and edit materials and communication copy
  • Collect data and maintain databases
  • Facilitate effective internal communications
  • Prepare presentations and communication products for internal and external use

Overview of the Rocky Mountain Region:
The Region is comprised of 17 National Forests and 7 National Grasslands across Colorado, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. The Region employs over 1,800 permanent employees. The Region serves people along a spectrum ranging from urban centers to rural communities. The Rocky Mountain Region supports three priority outcome goals: Creating and Maintaining Resilient Landscapes; Connecting with Communities; and Improving the Work Environment. Connecting with Communities is fundamental to the agency mission—it is about our future and our relevance.

Successful candidate should have interpersonal and written communications skills; demonstrated good attention to detail/organization and excellent; general experience/comfort working with Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, ArcGIS Online, and other web based design programs; and ability to multi task in a fast pace environment. The candidate should have solid editing and researching skills. She/he should be a Creative and driven self-starter with an interest in communications and natural resources is highly desirable. Intern must be trustworthy, dependable and willing to work with diverse employees and partners.

Vehicle/License Requirement:
This position does not require operation of a government vehicle. Transportation to and from the office and for personal needs would be the incumbent's responsibility (grocery shopping, laundry, etc.).

Additional qualifications:
  • Must be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Must hold at least a bachelor's degree in Communication, Management, Arts, Science, or a related field
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Compensation: $443 weekly stipend, $625 relocation stipend, and $750/mo. housing stipend. Interns will be eligible to receive a non-competitive hiring status upon successful completion.

Housing: The Resource Assistant will be responsible for finding their own housing in Lakewood, CO. Lakewood is one of the many suburbs of the Denver metropolitan area. All facilities and public services associated with a major metropolitan area are available. The Denver Metro area has a diverse and growing population with many institutes of higher learning and places of worship. 

Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required.