Paid Summer Seasonal Position with Optional Unpaid Internship

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  • Summer 2020 (May-August)
  • Variable – 2-5 days per week, 4-8 hours per day, 12+ hours per week
  • Full time seasonal paid position with unpaid component

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.

The SVSWCD is seeking three individuals to assist with implementation of our Pre-Sidedress Nitrate Testing (PSNT) Program as paid seasonal staff to complete field and administrative work associated with the PSNT Program from early June to late July.   In addition to the paid position, individuals will have the opportunity to participate in additional field experiences to assist staff with the implementation of various conservation efforts as an unpaid intern.  These opportunities may include: field work and administrative support to implement various conservation projects and activities related to SVSWCD services and programs.  Time spent on these additional activities (not associated with the PSNT Program) will not be paid. The internship provides professional level work experience for college students offering real world opportunities in the field of conservation.  A specific position description is  available.

The PSNT position will run from early June to late July with varying hours throughout the employment period up to 40 hours/week. Hourly wage: $8/hour.  No benefits.

The optional unpaid internship is available from mid-May through early August and requires a minimum commitment of 12 hours a week when not busy with PSNT.   The unpaid internship schedule is flexible but requires a minimum of 4 hours per day during normal office hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (6+ hours/day) will allow for more varied experiences with more time in the field.

Individuals must be currently enrolled students at the time of application.  Individuals who elect to participate in the optional internship program may be eligible for a scholarship.  The ideal individual would have experience in and an understanding of agriculture and agronomic principles.  Individuals must have a valid driver’s license. Regular attendance is expected. Individuals will be expected to multitask, prioritize and work independently in a fast pasted environment. Ability to work outside during adverse weather conditions is a must. Ability to understand, interpret and use various maps, aerial photography and soils information is helpful. Evaluations and reviews may be conducted to provide feedback.  General timekeeping is expected.

The application package must include: SVSWCD application, resume, school transcript (unofficial acceptable) and a cover letter outlining: potential start and end dates, weekly availability (hours available M-F), explanation of interest in the positions outlined above, and any restrictions that may be associated with meeting the position criteria.  The SVSWCD will work with students who wish to receive course credit for their internship, indicate if you will be receiving credit in your application letter and total hours needed for internship credit. Applicants may be contacted to schedule an interview for the position.  Selected individuals may be required to complete paperwork for a federal background check.  Non U.S. citizens may be required to complete additional background paperwork and may need to provide other documentation such as their VISA.

The application package must be received by 4:30 pm April 6, 2020.  Hard copy application packages should be mailed or delivered 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

Paid PSNT Position Description

Unpaid Optional Internship Description

For more information or questions call Chelsea Trice at (540) 534-3055. 

Individuals will be notified of selection around April 24, 2020.