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Seeking Communications Intern

Motivated, thoughtful and detail-oriented individuals interested in conservation communications are encouraged to apply.

The Blackfoot Challenge is a non-profit, community-based organization that coordinates a variety of collaborative conservation initiatives in the Blackfoot River watershed. We are seeking a communications intern for the 2021-2022 academic year. This individual will have the opportunity to learn about – and be responsible for — a variety of nonprofit communications tools, including social media, website, e-newsletters and graphic design. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the communication tools listed below, and have an interest in and appreciation for the practice of community-based conservation. They will also be required to thoughtfully create and navigate nonpartisan, unbiased communications distributed to a variety of audiences including ranchers, public agencies, NGO partners, recreationists and watershed residents. The intern will work in close coordination with the organization’s Communications Manager. Specific tasks and deliverables will be designed based on both organizational need as well as the student’s interests. Non-students interested in this position are also encouraged to apply.

Location: Missoula, MT and/or Blackfoot Watershed, MT (individual must provide their own transportation)

Compensation: $10/hour and/or credit TBD; 8-10 hrs/week

Specific Tasks:

  • Curate content for, launch and maintain the Blackfoot Challenge’s Instagram page.
  • Provide WordPress website support. Includes creating custom program pages, keeping calendar and home page content up-to-date, updating the resource library, and finalizing a draft StoryMap.
  • Write bimonthly blog entry for Blackfoot Challenge website. May include spending time in the field interviewing and photographing Challenge staff and program activities.
  • Curate content for and send e-newsletters via MailChimp.
  • Finalize the draft Blackfoot Challenge Brand Guide.
  • Create a variety of media in Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, PremierePro) as needed and desired. 
  • Assist with and attend tours and events, as needed and desired.
  • Attend Blackfoot Challenge Board and staff meetings, as desired.

About the Blackfoot Challenge: Founded in 1993, the mission of the Blackfoot Challenge is to coordinate efforts to conserve and enhance the natural resources and rural way of life in the Blackfoot River watershed for present and future generations. By following an inclusive, respectful and deliberate approach, the organization delivers a variety of conservation and stewardship programs in response to community and resource needs, including drought response, wildlife conflict reduction, forest health improvement, invasive weed reduction, and land stewardship. See more at blackfootchallenge.org.

To Apply: Submit a short cover letter and resume listing past work and/or related projects via email to sara@blackfootchallenge.org. Please note “Communications Intern Application” in the subject line. Deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 6.

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