Location: Remote location considered
Supervisors: This position is co-supervised by ATC Education Network Coordinator and Florida Trail Association Community
Type: Part-time Internship
The ATC’s mission is to preserve and manage the Appalachian Trail – ensuring that its vast natural beauty and priceless cultural heritage can be shared and enjoyed today, tomorrow, and for centuries to come. The FTA’s mission is to build, maintain, protect, and promote the unique Florida National Scenic Trail (Florida Trail), along with a network of hiking trails throughout the state of Florida. Together with our partners, the Association provides opportunities for the public to contribute to meaningful volunteer work, engage in outdoor recreation, and participate in environmental education.
Purpose & Position Goal: This position helps advance inclusive opportunities on public lands for Latinx communities, focusing on the Appalachian and Florida National Scenic Trails.
The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) and the Florida Trail Association (FTA) aspire to cultivate greater strength and resilience, within and beyond the organization, to manage and protect while providing access to the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) and the Florida Trail (F.T.) for all. To build inclusive management, ATC and FTA will work with the US Forest Service to build partnerships with Latinx and Hispanic organizations and communities. This position will develop partnerships, create content for social media sites, blogs, and media outlets, create, support and grow Latinx Affinity Groups, and assist with events for Latinx Conservation Week, Leave No Trace training, and stewardship work trips.
The southeast – specifically Georgia – has the fastest growth rate of Latinx population in the nation, and has more than doubled in metro Atlanta last decade. Strong growth is forecasted to continue. Recreation has increased 30% from 2.1 to 2.9 million visitors in just the last five years.Additionally, there are currently over 4 million Hispanic and Latinx residents in the state of Florida which covers approximately 23% of the current population in Florida. A recent study by USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station highlighted a large gap between the demographics of visitors in relation to those of surrounding communities. It’s clear that not everyone receives the benefit of time spent in their backyard forest.
Through this position, recreation visitors, community members, volunteers, stewards, and the general public will gain a greater understanding of the essential service volunteers provide to public lands and scenic trails with an aim to cultivate active participation and stewardship. The position supports organizational resilience by assisting staff, volunteers, communities, and partners in meeting their commitments to managing the Trail and forests into the future by actively incorporating people and communities of different backgrounds, perspectives, thoughts and beliefs.
Summary of Essential Responsibilities
● Support workday coordination on the A.T. and F.T. for Latinx communities
● Develop a toolkit of available resources, best practices, and models for affinity groups
● Provide outreach to and support recruitment and engagement of Latinx affinity groups and communities for the FTA and ATC
● Develop creative content for social media posts for the ATC and FTA. Create compelling content in Spanish that will be shared on social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+
● Follow-up with event hosts after activities to collect participation information and collect lessons learned to be shared.
● Attend conferences and lead workshops for PNTS National Trails Workshop (pending scholarship funds for one of the two workshops).
Timeline, Outcomes, Hours
Time and Location
This is a volunteer-based position offered with a small stipend. Position will work remotely within the Eastern U.S. Reliable internet and home office/professional space required. Schedule will be defined in advance with the supervisors, with a range of 15 to 20 hours of work per
This is a one year position.
Intern will receive a monthly stipend of $300, not to exceed $3600.00
● Excellent persuasive writing skills. Background in marketing, communications or other related disciplines.
● Experience writing for social media and familiarity with social networking sites
● Excellent organization and high level of attention to detail
● Excellent interpersonal communication skills
● Experience with media relations and public relations
● Familiarity with the Appalachian Trail and/or the Florida Trail and experience with trail work is desirable
● Ability to problem-solve
● High degree of initiative and a team player
● Desire to learn and contribute
● Care, interest, enthusiasm for public lands
● Bilingual (Spanish/English)
This is a 12-month contract.
Send a letter of interest and cover letter to Van Tran: [email protected].