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  • Spring 2020 (January-April)
  • Variable 1-3 days per week, 4-8 hours per day, minimum commitment 8 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 a spring intern to assist with office/administrative 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: office/administrative work; 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 Spring 2020 internship opportunity requires a minimum commitment of 8 hours a week.  Schedule is variable 1-3 days per week; 4-8 hours per day.  Commitments of larger blocks of time (4+ 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 13, 2020 and the proposed end date is April 24, 2020.  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).   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 November 8, 2019.  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 December 6, 2019.

Not a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student but 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.