Are you a budding social media manager or event planner? Do you want to use these skills to help an organization communicate and plan effectively with its audience and partners?
The Communications Specialist Intern with the Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) will be responsible for social media, marketing, graphics, and outreach materials. Responsibilities will include improving the website, creating marketing and outreach materials for events, creating social media programming (Facebook and Instagram) coinciding with holidays and celebrations related to the Alliance’s mission, and assisting with the planning and coordination of events. The Communications Specialist will also participate in Alliance events.
The Communication Specialist Intern should have a knowledge of social media communication and marketing for a broad audience. Knowledge of WordPress, Constant Contact and Canva a plus. The Intern will work closely with Gloria Bancroft, TRWA Coordinator, and other members and volunteers of the Alliance and therefore should work well independently and as part of a team. The Intern will be a contract employee with Roger Williams University (as the host of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program) but report to Gloria. The intern will be expected to travel throughout the Taunton River Watershed to events. Aside from the in-person events, the position is primarily remote work, with 1-2 virtual meetings per week. If needed, in-person monthly meetings with Gloria and others will be held at our Watershed Center at Sweets Knoll State Park in Dighton.
Goals & Learning Objectives
- Provide real-world work experience in the areas of marketing, communications, and outreach for a large watershed community.
- Present an opportunity for a student to experience the workings of an environmental advocacy non-profit organization.
- Develop strategic communication materials that can immediately be used by TRWA.
- Increase outreach to better serve the 43 watershed cities and towns.
Interns will be financially compensated at a flat rate of $5,000 for the contract ($833.33 per month). The Taunton River Watershed Alliance Communications Intern will be a contract employee with Roger Williams University (as the host of the Narragansett Bay Estuary Program). The intern is expected to work 250-320 hours over the contract period. The internship is expected to start around January 15, 2024 and extend at least through June 30, 2024. The Intern will be responsible for any transportation costs and paying all taxes on the contract.
How to Apply
Please apply through Handshake or email all applications to Courtney Schmidt (NBEP) (Courtney.Schmidt@nbep.org) with the subject heading “Taunton River Watershed Alliance Internship.” All applications must include:
- Cover letter stating your interest in working with the Taunton River Watershed Alliance, how this internship will help your overall goals, and what skills you can bring to this project and the Collaborative.
- Resume or CV with contact information
Please contact Courtney Schmidt if you have any questions regarding the application process. Please contact Gloria Bancroft if you have any questions regarding the job description and required
For More Information
Gloria Bancroft | Coordinator, Taunton River Watershed Alliance
(508) 828-1101 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Schmidt | Staff Scientist, Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
(401) 633-0553 | email@example.com
About Taunton River Watershed Alliance & Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
The Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) was founded in 1988 to bring together citizens who appreciated the Taunton River and its tributary rivers and were concerned about its future. Since its creation, citizens, businesses, and organizations have come together to work as an alliance united to restore and properly manage water and related natural resources within the Taunton River Watershed. Whether it is commenting on planned developments or helping with funding small projects, like boat racks at the Bridge Village Heritage Park in Berkley, or larger projects, like the 2009 historic passage of the National Wild & Scenic designation of the Taunton River, the TRWA has worked for 35 years to be a voice for the river, advocating for environmental protection, sustainable development, and responsible stewardship of our precious water resources.
The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program (NBEP) is one of 28 place-based National Estuary Programs, first established in 1987 by an amendment to the federal Clean Water Act, overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The estuary program uses a voluntary, community-driven approach to enhance water quality, wildlife, and quality of life across our study area, which includes the Narragansett Bay, Little Narragansett Bay, Coastal Ponds, and their watersheds in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The Narragansett Bay Estuary Program is hosted by the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University.
TRWA is a member of the NBEP’s Steering Committee, a partnership that works collaboratively to address estuarine and watershed issues on a holistic, cross-jurisdictional scale. This internship continues that partnership by providing key support at a critical time.