Public Safety and Outreach Intern (PO-00735299)

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the leading federal provider of outdoor recreation and attracts over 335 million visitors annually to our lake and river projects in 43 states.  Encouraging public safety for those recreating at our projects and preventing fatalities on our lands/waters are our primary concerns.  As a public safety intern you are a part of our team and will work together with our park rangers to encourage public safety, making our areas safer and creating even more enjoyable places to visit.
Primary Areas of Responsibility

  • Water Safety Outreach

SCA Intern will be tasked with promoting water and recreational safety at USACE and partner agency managed parks, swim beaches, day use areas, campgrounds, and boat ramps. This responsibility includes all aspects of recreational safety, including but not limited to water-based recreation such as swimming and boating, bicycling, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting. The primary focus is on water and boating safety for all ages with an emphasis on 20–60-year-old males. Assignments may include interacting with and educating visitors through face-to-face contact at park facilities, reporting as required by the USACE staff, developing outreach mechanisms, especially for the 20-60 year old male target audience, updating bulletin boards, maintaining life jacket stations, organizing safety-related events, conducting interpretive programs and roving interpretation, writing news releases, conducting media interviews to promote the USACE safety campaigns, developing public service announcements, drafting social 
media announcements, and documenting efforts with quality photographs. Interns may also be a second safety person for boat patrols made by USACE Park Rangers.

  • Environmental Education

SCA Intern will be tasked with assisting USACE Park Rangers and/or independently leading environmental educational (EE) interpretive programs to the visiting public. Additional responsibilities may include staffing the environmental education center, preparing EE programs by utilizing existing resources, developing new EE programs, improve existing programs independently and by incorporating suggestions gathered during contact with park visitors, identifying new EE program visual aides, and developing new and/or improving existing park brochures, wildlife checklists, bulletin board posters, and interpretive panels.

  • Natural Resource and Recreation Management

SCA Intern will be tasked with assisting park rangers and other USACE employees by
performing routine tasks pertinent to the project’s natural resources/recreation management and public safety program.

Compensation (pre-tax):
– $250/week Living Allowance
– $650 To/From Travel Allowance*
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718.25, received upon successful completion of position

– Government housing provided onsite at John H. Kerr Dam & Reservoir.

*Internship positions with the US Army Corps of Engineers will receive the Travel Allowance as a reimbursable amount, reflecting the actual costs based upon distance (mileage) travelled and current federal per diem rates. Interns are required to submit an expense report to SCA with documented round-trip travel costs for reimbursement. The requested reimbursement amount is capped at $650.

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Intern will be provided government housing located onsite at John H. Kerr Dam & Reservoir.

Position ID: PO-00735299

Expected Dates: August 21, 2023 - December 10, 2023

1930 Mays Chapel Road
Boydton, VA 23917

Training Provided: Intern will participate in numerous trainings including: water safety education, interpretive programming, first aid training, USACE training, division cross training, operation of a government vehicle training (valid drivers license required).

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Housing located within 0.25 miles of the Visitor Center, ENVR Education Center, and Lake providing opportunities for personal water-based recreation and activities like biking and hiking. Also, located within a few hours of coast, mountains, & DC.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Education and Interpretation

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Onsite housing does not include laundry facilities at this time, so intern will need to drive to nearby towns for laundry services, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

Housing is located near the Visitor Assistance Center, Environmental Education Center, and within a one-minute walk of the Lake providing opportunities for personal water-based recreation and activities like biking and hiking. The onsite housing accommodation is a house with a full kitchen, living room, one full bathroom, and 3 small bedrooms. The house is furnished with beds, standard kitchen appliances, and new living room furniture. The intern will need to provide bedding, towels, and any  preferred specific kitchen dishes/items. There is a small back porch and patio with picnic table, grill, and fire ring. The SCA Intern will be the only individual residing in the house throughout the duration of the internship. The house has a mailbox/address for the intern to receive mail and packages onsite. Internet is available at nearby Environmental Education Center and Visitor Assistance Center. 
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Indoor/Outdoor: Combination

US Citizenship: Yes

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