Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Unpaid Internships for the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District - Spring 2017

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is seeking two (2) spring interns to assist with office and field work between January and May. The SVSWCD Internship Program provides professional level work experience for college students, and was established as one of the key initiatives in the District’s commitment to expand and enhance our educational outreach.  The program provides students with real work experience that will enable them to compete more effectively for conservation related employment; and a chance for the students to use their talents in a realistic environment. The interns will assist SVSWCD staff with coordination and implementation of a variety of conservation work.  This may include: site visits, field work, review and implementation of various conservation projects as well as activities related to other SVSWCD services and programs.  A more specific internship position description is available.

The unpaid internships require a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week.  Schedule is variable 2-5 days per week; 4-8 hours per day.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field.  Applicants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at the time of the internship.  Upon successful completion of internship the student may be eligible for an intern scholarship from the SVSWCD.  The internship schedule is flexible, but typically aligns with the office hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  The proposed start date of the internship is January 16, 2017 and the proposed end date is May 5, 2017.  These dates are flexible, as school schedules vary and will affect intern availability.  Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback.  General timekeeping is expected.

The ideal applicant would have interest in agriculture and conservation as well as desire to learn more about SVSWCD programs and implementation.

Send application package including: resume, three (3) references, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), and a cover letter outlining: intern’s potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), interest in the internship position with the SVSWCD, and any restrictions that may be associated with outdoor activities (so the SVSWCD can make necessary accommodations).  The SVSWCD will work with students receiving course credit for their internship, please indicate if you will be receiving credit in your letter.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm November 15, 2016.  Hard copy application packages should be sent to: Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District at 1934 Deyerle Avenue, Suite B; Harrisonburg, VA 22801, electronic submissions should be sent to Emily Riggleman at emily.riggleman@svswcd.org  For more information or questions call Emily Riggleman at (540) 433-2853 ext. 126.  Applicants will be notified of selections around November 22, 2016.

For additional information please visit:https://svswcd.org/spring/