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INTERNSHIP: Science Communication Interns, National Park Service (San Francisco area)

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The National Park Service is seeking 2-4 motivated individuals to assist developing communication and multimedia outreach products for the San Francisco Bay Area Network (SFAN) Inventory and Monitoring (I&M) program and the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center (PCSLC) at Point Reyes National Seashore.

The two programs work together to develop and implement a cutting edge science program for the National Park Service that supports effective land management decisions. The goal of the communication and outreach efforts is to make current research interesting and relevant to a wide audience within the National Park Service and beyond: partner agencies, park visitors, and the general public.

The interns will work closely with the park staff to identify and develop appropriate communication messages, audiences and specific products. A variety of media will be explored including oral presentations, newsletters, fact sheets, posters, brochures, audio and video podcasts, photography, web development (static and interactive) and blogging. There will be opportunities to visit parks in the Bay Area, work with other interns and assist with field research conducted in the National Parks.

Qualifications: Individuals should have a science background (e.g. marine ecology, biology, zoology, botany, or a physical science), strong writing skills, interest in science education, and be tech savvy. Should be familiar with PC desktop operating systems, Microsoft Office, and digital editing software (e.g. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher). Familiarity with Apple OS X, audio recording and editing software (Audacity, Garageband, Soundslides) and web design also a plus.

The most competitive candidates for this internship are creative, highly motivated, enthusiastic for the natural environment, able to work independently, able to manage multiple tasks, and are willing to try new things.

Training Opportunities: This internship will provide hands-on experience working on science communication and outreach efforts by a leading federal agency involved in land and ocean management and preservation. We will provide individual training opportunities based on the applicant’s needs. There may be opportunities to take classes offered through the Park Service including: resource interpretation, CPR, First-Aid, etc.

Application Material: These positions will be filled as soon as possible. Please submit a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, dates of availability, preferred location, and provide contact info for at least 2 references. Compensation: daily stipend, mileage reimbursement, and/or housing may be available.

Submit application materials by March 2, 2010 via email to: ben_becker@nps.gov

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