NATIONAL PARK TRUST INTERNSHIP

National Park Trust (NPT) seeks an intern to support our youth programming portfolio and overall organization communications. Interns will assist NPT with marketing and communications as well as assist with logistics tied to the 10th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with staff on-site in parks if interested.

This is a part-time (25-30 hour/week) temporary position (5+ months) in a friendly, informal, and progressive work environment. This position is located in Rockville, MD (parking included). The office is metro rail accessible to the Rockville Station stop on the Red Line.

Note – This current posting is for a SPRING 2020 internship (January/February – June 2020).

Who We Are:

NPT’s mission is preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 36 years since NPT was established, the non-profit organization has completed 70 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects in 31 states, 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 49 National Park Service projects.

In addition to land projects, NPT also works to cultivate the next generation of park stewards through our national youth programs. NPT’s Buddy Bison Program is a national environmental youth education program that engages students PreK-8th grade from Title I schools with local, state, and national parks. Our Buddy Bison Programs currently support more than 200 Title I schools across the country. NPT also organizes Kids to Parks Day, an annual national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Marketing and Communications (75%)

  • Assist with Kids to Parks Day 10th anniversary planning including but not limited to:
    • Mayor outreach
    • Marketing material and resource development
    • National partner outreach
    • State Park event registration
    • Blog writing
  • Work with staff to draft overall NPT social media content, across several platforms, meant to enhance NPT’s visibility and reach
  • Assist with website content and tasks associated with a website redesign
  • Assist with designing flyers, posters, banners, and other marketing materials for the organization 

Other Duties (25%)

  • Work with staff to implement NPT action plan based on 2020 goals
  • Assist staff with maintaining media archive
  • Assist, as needed, with on-the-ground logistics during park outings with local schools.
  • shipping assistance for youth programs

What We’re Looking For:

Required Skills:

  • Strong communication skills (written, phone and in-person). Written documents will include email communications, newsletters, press releases, website content, social media, etc.
  • Ability to multitask and maintain high level of productivity.
  • Proficiency with G Suite, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
  • Basic Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including listening, problem-solving, verbal and non-verbal communication, and displaying initiative with projects.
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed.

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with web development, particularly WordPress, is a plus.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Willing to be flexible with hours depending on the needs of the organization. NPT hosts 1-2 evening/weekend events per season and additional help is appreciated.
  • Educational background in environmental education, communications, or a similar field is a plus.
  • Preferred applicants will display an interest in the outdoors, youth education, and parks.

Education:

  • NPT will consider applicants who are current freshmen – seniors, as well as recent college graduates.
  • College credits may be obtained from this internship; however, students will be expected to complete and submit their own paperwork. Note: A stipend may not be possible for students who are receiving course credit.

This position is located in Rockville, MD (parking included).The office is also metro rail accessible to the Rockville Station stop on the Red Line.

COMPENSATION: This is a 25-30 hour per week unpaid volunteer position; however, National Park Trust will be offering a stipend between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on the length of internship. Internship stipends issued by the National Park Trust are not considered salary or meant as compensation but are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during the term of their appointment. Interns awarded stipends who are U.S. residents for tax purposes are responsible for meeting their individual state and federal tax obligations and will receive a financial summary around March of the following year for the previous calendar year.

DEADLINE: Applications for a Spring 2020 position will be accepted until Sunday, December 8 at 11:59pm. Eligible candidates will be contacted for an in-person or video conference interview on a rolling base determined by when the application was submitted.

TO APPLY:

Please submit the following to Ivan Levin at ivan@parktrust.org:

  1. Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute during an internship with NPT.
  2. Current resume

**NPT has a strong commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects our nation and the people we serve. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to unlawful considerations of sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and/or expression), pregnancy, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion or similar philosophical beliefs, disability, marital and civil union status, age, genetic information, veteran status or any personal attribute