Equine and Soil Health Project Assistant
Pennsylvania Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
*Job Title: Equine and Soil Health Project Assistant
*Position Type: Internship
*Company Name: USDA- Pennsylvania Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
*Contact Name: Susan Parry
Contact Title: State Grassland Conservationist
*Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Contact Phone: (717) 237-2253
*Job Function: To assist Grassland Conservationist and Equine Specialist to develop technical training materials and presentations.
Student will assist with development, preparation, coordination and presentation of Soil Health and Equine-focused workshops and trainings:
- Conduct literature reviews and review online resources to familiarize themselves with conservation practices and NRCS processes
- Develop technical materials and fact sheets regarding various Agricultural Best Management Practices such as Heavy Use Areas/Sacrifice Areas, Animal Trails and Walkways, Stream Crossings, pasture management and general soil health methods with oversight by NRCS technical staff
- Conduct field visits to various farms accompanied by NRCS planner staff (specialist and engineering) to learn about on-farm conservation/best practices
- Assist in coordination of trainings and workshops
This position is flexible, independent and task oriented. Student/s can expect the opportunity to job shadow NRCS Engineering, Equine/Grazing, District Conservationist and Soil Conservationist staff, based on determined skills and need level. Travel times are flexible based on student’s availability.
Student/s will meet in person for quarterly progress review with the project team, in addition to regular communication by phone, email and in-person with Suzette Truax, PA NRCS Equine Specialist, as needed.
There are 2 internships available, each for the duration of 2 semesters – a Spring-Summer 2015 internship and a Fall 2015-Spring 2016 internship. When applying, please be sure to include what internship you are interested in. Students interested in the Spring-Summer 2015 internship have the option to extend their internship through the following school year for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 semesters. Preference will be given to students who are interested in the extended internship period (Spring 2015 through Spring 2016).
- Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle registered in PA;
- Flexibility in hours worked and willingness to travel for workshops;
- Education in Equine or Animal Science at DelVal;
- Prior knowledge of Equine, Soils/Plants and basic agronomy preferred;
- Excellent communication skills, including verbal, written, group presentations and computer operation/programs (Microsoft Office Suite, email correspondence, Web Maintenance, etc.).
*Location: Most of the work can be done independently with communication by phone and email. Periodic travel is necessary to either Harrisburg or field offices near DelVal College – travel times will be flexible based on student availability.
Duration: There are 2 internships available, each for the duration of 2 semesters – a Spring-Summer 2015 internship and a Fall 2015-Spring 2016 internship. When applying, please be sure to include what internship you are interested in. Students interested in the Spring-Summer 2015 internship have the option to extend their internship through the following school year for the Fall 2015-Spring 2016 semesters. Preference will be given to students who are interested in interning the duration of both internship periods (Spring 2015 through Spring 2016).
Posting Date: December 2, 2014
Posting Expiration: January 19, 2015 / July 31, 2015
*Paid or Unpaid: Paid
Salary Level: $10/hour
Desired Start Date: January 2015 / August 2015
Per Week: Average of 10 hours per week (5-15 hrs/week; will vary by week)
Desired Major(s): Equine or Animal Science (with some soils credits/classes preferred)
How to apply: Interested applicants should submit the following items by email to email@example.com
- Name, contact email and phone number
- Semesters available for internship (Spring 2015–Summer 2015; Fall 2015 – Spring 2016 OR both internship durations)
- Student’s major curriculum areas
- Summary of qualifications (or resume with cover letter)
- Writing sample:
- Conduct a basic literature review and develop a 1- page sample fact sheet on the following subject matter: Basic Pasture Management Concepts and Strategies for Equine Operations