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Internship: Worcester County Conservation District, Holden, MA (temporary, part-time, Summer 2019)

Worcester County Conservation District is a quasi-governmental agency governed by a volunteer board of Supervisors.  WCCD works to encourage the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources through educational, financial, and technical assistance.  We are seeking a part-time intern to begin Summer 2019.

 Responsibilities will include:

Approximately 40%:

  • Assisting WCCD Soil Conservationist and/or Administrator with collection of soil samples.
  • Preparing soil samples to be mailed to UMass Soil and Plant Nutrient Testing Lab.

Approximately 40%:

  • Representing WCCD at Farmers’ Markets and other outreach events. Promoting soil sampling service and WCCD and partner workshops, and lectures.
  • Administering surveys, taking pictures at events, creating social media content as needed.

Approximately 20%:

  • Assisting with workshop development and execution, as needed.
  • Supporting Soil Conservationist and Administrator to maintain productive working environment.

What WCCD is looking for in qualified candidates:

  • Current enrollment in Agriculture related degree program, Natural Resource Conservation, Environmental Science, or Biology.
  • Enthusiasm about soil health, gardening, agriculture on all scales, local conservation, and land stewardship. Experience in any of these is a plus, but not required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Weekday availability during WCCD normal business hours (M-Th 9a-5p). Occasional weekend and evening availability a plus.
  • Comfort with working outside and getting your hands dirty.
  • Reliable transportation required, access to a vehicle a necessity. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate of $0.50/mile.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

Hands-on training for field work will be provided as needed.

Students will be compensated at a rate of $12/hr. for a maximum of 150 hours. Internships will run from May-August 2019 and weekly schedules can be flexible depending on the availability of the students.  There is a possibility this internship could continue into the fall semester, depending on interest and availability of intern, as well as availability of funds.

Interested applicants should submit a resume, and cover letter, please include “internship resume” in subject line to: Lisa.trotto@ma.usda.gov