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Social Media Public Affairs Specialist - Resource Assistant


Individual Placement/Internships

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Phoenix, Arizona

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Term of positions is 26 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk


Phoenix, AZ



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Application Due Date:

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and must be submitted by 5/8 for full consideration.

Title of Position

Social Media Public Affairs Specialist


Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.


Stewards in partnership with the USDA Tonto National Forest are seeking an intern who will benefit by gaining experience in the field of public affairs. Candidates will have the opportunity to develop and refine specific skills in the area of social media and the creation of videos to communicate forest projects and programs and educate the public about the Forest Service’s multiple-use mission and policies. Priority projects include educating the public about the Tonto’s new Travel Management and Forest Plans. The intern will develop social media campaigns, monitor social media accounts, and develop multimedia products such as videos and infographics. In addition, the intern will collect content from various sources to create an editorial calendar for organizing and scheduling social media campaigns.


The intern will gain experience with various social media apps, and public affairs communication products and work with various program staff to develop original content for various communication products as well as social media. The intern will have opportunities to capture imagery (video/photos) in the field. In addition, they will learn how to draft news releases, blogs to share forest information and successes and create products written in plain language that meet Section 508 accessibility compliance standards.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Skilled at writing and editing original content.
  • Experience with social media apps.
  • Ability to interact with the public, user groups, community organizations, and agency staff as a team and at times work independently.
  • Ability to maintain poise and courtesy under pressure while demonstrating a professional demeanor.
  • Driver’s License and ability to pass MVR through Conservation Legacy (must be over 21 years old or have had a license for 3 years)


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Pursuing or holding a degree in Communications, with an emphasis in natural resources or a similar field.
  • Experienced with Adobe Suite of software products.
  • Skilled at taking photos and short videos with an iPhone.
  • Experienced with video editing.


Position Responsibilities will include:

  • Work individually or in a team setting to develop creative and informative content for the forest’s social media accounts.
  • Develop editorial calendar from a variety of sources.
  • Draft blogs, short articles, and news releases using AP Stylebook.
  • Reply to requests for forest information received from the public thru the Forest’s social media accounts.
  • Develop educational and informative videos about the Tonto and the Forest Service.
  • Assists with the creation of a variety of communications materials and campaigns, including publications, key messages, fact sheets, and other products.
  • Assist with updating the Forest’s website.
  • Assist with posting fire information on our social media accounts and website.
  • Capture imagery (video/photos) in the field that can be used for internal communication projects and offered as b-roll to media.
  • Update still/video imagery of the forest and recreation areas.
  • Assist with public affairs activities by updating the forest's email contact list, setting up and operating A/V equipment, and creating publications, key messages, fact sheets, and other products.

Safety and Judgement:

  • Independently manage personal and team safety during fieldwork and implement risk assessment and mitigation.
  • Adhere to the forest’s check-in and check-out policy.
  • Abide by agency COVID safety protocol.



  • $1000.00/month living allowance. (pre-tax)
  • $50/monthly commuting allowance. (pre-tax)
  • $2750.00 Professional Development and Training fund.
  • Eligible for health care after 60-day probationary period
  • Direct Hire Authority and Noncompetitive Hiring Authority eligibility upon successful program completion.
  • Develop a portfolio of professional communication products to enhance your future career while learning about the Forest Service and natural resources.
  • Develop effective communication skills, desirable for any program area in the Forest Service.


Term Schedule:

The typical schedule will be 8-hour days Monday – Friday. Schedule flexibility is beneficial so that the individual can join opportunities during the weekends or after regular business hours. The participant can expect a mix of field and office days during the week. Teleworking opportunities may be available from time to time.


*The USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship providing developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers. After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RA’s may acquire a two-year certificate of non-competitive hiring eligibility. The certificate enables participants to apply to internal merit announcements for qualifying permanent General Schedule FS positions as well as a Direct Hire Authority for FS Career positions.


How to Apply

Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one-page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.



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