Summer Tongass Forest Organizer Intern
Position Description The ACF Intern will work closely with SEACC’s Forest Program Manager and Communications Coordinator to promote conservation initiatives, organize community events focused on forest conservation, and create engaging materials around initiatives SEACC is currently working on.
The main focus of this internship will be community organizing around the State of Alaska’s attempt to roll back protections from the national Roadless Rule by creating an Alaska-specific rule. This would open up additional land to logging roads, and increase clearcut logging of old-growth stands throughout the Tongass National Forest. In 2018 both the Forest Service and State of Alaska held meetings throughout Southeast to gauge the interest of local communities in rolling back these protections. During this time, we saw an outpouring of support for the rule. The intern will work closely with SEACC staff to capitalize on this momentum through grassroots activism, engaging Southeast communities to make people aware of the issue, and elevate local voices in support of the rule and protecting the Tongass National Forest. The summer of 2019 will be a particularly critical time as the Forest Service will be developing the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the new rule, making this a critical time to engage Southeast communities.
Additionally, the intern will work with SEACC outreach staff to prepare for and implement events like the monthly SEACC Bonfires on the Beach in Juneau. They may also join SEACC staff during community events like the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines or the Blueberry Arts Festival in Ketchikan. These are fun ways to engage supporters on a diversity of issues and visit Southeast communities.
The intern will also help create and promote materials relevant to SEACC’s work. This might include, but is not limited to, social media posts, photography, videography, blogs, or design work. SEACC has a long history in grassroots organizing and is the oldest regional conservation organization in Southeast. Much of this work has historically focused on protecting the Tongass National Forest. The intern will be an integral part of organizing for the Tongass during a critical part of the campaign to keep the Roadless Rule on the Tongass, and in engaging a diverse audience.
Grassroots Organizing: work with SEACC staff and community members to organize events and engagement opportunities in support of the Roadless Rule throughout Southeast Alaska.
Events: support SEACC staff in organizing and implementing events, like monthly summer bonfires in Juneau, and represent SEACC at community events like the Blueberry Arts Festival in Ketchikan.
Communications: create engaging digital material to promote SEACC’s work and events pertaining to the Roadless Rule.
Travel: possible opportunities to travel to Southeast communities up to twice a month but not guaranteed.
- Energetic and personable
- Experience in public speaking
- Highly organized with keen attention to detail
- Experience working in small communities or with diverse populations
- Experience working/living in Southeast Alaska
- Solid understanding of forest policy, environmental policy, or natural resource management especially as it relates to Southeast Alaska
- Experience in grassroots organizing or working in community events
- Knowledge of social media platforms, particularly Facebook and Instagram
- Skills in photography, videography, or design
Position based in Juneau
Please apply through the Alaska Conservation Foundation's Ted Smith Internship program page. Deadline to apply is February 16, 2019.