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  • Fall 2019 (September-December)
  • Variable- 2-5 days per week, 4-8 hours per day, 12+ hours per week
  • Temporary Unpaid Position

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) with an office located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, covers the counties of Rockingham and Page, and the City of Harrisonburg.  Under the direction of the SVSWCD Board of Directors, District Staff perform a wide range of technical, outreach, and administrative duties that pertain to the implementation of the SVSWCD’s activities, services and programs.  Our office environment is collaborative, supportive and flexible.  Our small staff is forward-thinking, innovative, motivated and dedicated.

The Shenandoah Valley Soil & Water Conservation District (SVSWCD) is seeking two (2) fall interns to assist with office and field work between September and December. 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 internshipUpon 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 September 4, 2018 and the proposed end date is December 2, 2018.  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, a college transcript (unofficial acceptable), one to three letters of recommendation 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.  Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview for the position.  Selected applicants will be required to complete federal background paperwork.  Non US citizens may be required to complete additional background paperwork and may need to provide other documentation such as their VISA.

Application packages must be received by 4:30 pm August 2, 2018.  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 Chelsea Trice at chelsea.trice@svswcd.org.  For more information or questions call Chelsea Trice at (540) 534-3055.  Applicants will be notified of selections around August 17, 2018.

Not a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student but are still interested in learning about conservation? Check out our volunteer page: https://svswcd.org/volunteer/

Dates are subject to change. Please verify dates with the SVSWCD.