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Trail Asset Development Intern

This internship is a partnership between the US Forest Service and the Tri County Economic Development District along the The Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail (PNT). The PNT is a unique pathway that travels through some of the most spectacular and scenic terrain in the United States, connecting diverse landscapes and communities of the Pacific Northwest. TEDD was formed in 1969 and works with local businesses, communities and other organizations in Ferry, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties to help develop a stable and diverse economy.

The intern will continue the work started by the 2016 intern to help develop strategies for local businesses, situated close to the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, to understand and take advantage of the needs and services desired by visitors hiking the PNT. This will involve education and outreach to these businesses, as well as the development of a list of attainable actions the businesses/towns could implement. TEDD might identify one (or more) of these actions to be implemented by the end of the internship as a measurable goal.

Internship Tasks

  • Develop a prioritized action plan
  • Develop presentations for community outreach
  • Develop educational material
  • Cultivate a good working relationship with local government
  • Develop relationships with the various stakeholders along the trail
  • Identify a relevant project(s) that can be completed during the internship

Necessary Qualifications

  • A general understanding and level of comfort being out on the trail in remote areas
  • Ability to start conversations with people to determine potential opportunities and problems integrating local trail assets (such as the Pacific Northwest Trail) to benefit the local economy
  • An understanding of the deep cultural influences the shape views of how public lands should be used
  • Good organization and event planning skills

Desired Skills

A passion and experience hiking long distance trails and understanding of trail culture; speaking and presenting to groups; using social media to promote events and information; photography skills

Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Location: 
Colville, WA
Preferred Majors or Experience: 
This internship is most suitable for sophomores, juniors and seniors. Majors and interests that include the environment, economic development and sustainability fields; community and rural development; natural resources are well suited.