The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Conservancy are partner organizations dedicated to achieving a healthier Chesapeake Bay through restoration, conservation and education. We strive to make connections for people to the rich cultural and natural history of the region. Working together and through partnerships to develop the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the nation’s first national water trail, we provide the public with the tools and opportunities to explore authentic Chesapeake experiences.
Trail development and related initiatives require a great deal of attention to innovative public programs, a robust digital presence, and identifying and fulfilling partner needs. Both organizations accomplish their missions by working with a variety of partners on all levels of government and with non-profit organizations.
This position will be based in the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and is part of the Interpretation, Communication and Education Division. It is a wonderful opportunity to gain National Park Service experience and to work in a “park without borders”. The position will also spend generally one day a week in the offices of the Chesapeake Conservancy, working directly with the Communications staff there as well. The ideal candidate will assist both organizations by helping integrate communications tools, strategies, and messaging as the two organizations develop and formalize their partnership.
Communications and Partnership Assistant will have the opportunity to:
- Be a part of the NPS and Conservancy Communications team and participate in the development and implementation of an overall integrated communications strategy.
- Work with the Communications team to plan, promote and participate in a variety of joint projectsthat will include programming related to the NPS Centennial (100th Anniversary) and the associated “Find Your Park” Campaign
- Develop and help promote web-based content. This includes writing and posting blog articles forÂ
- FindYourChesapeake.com, assisting in the maintenance of www.nps.gov/chba, www.nps.gov/cajo and www.chesapeakeconservancy.org and adapting appropriate content for the Chesapeake Conservancy’s newsletter, Shorelines, and NPS newsletters.
- Participate in development and implementation of an integrated social media strategy.
- Collaborate with social media teams to develop appropriate content for all social media outlets.
- Monitor and coordinate response to public inquiries related to web-based wildlife cameras.
- Manage news clip archives and formatting for clips for NPS and Chesapeake Conservancy jointÂ projects.
- Pitch news items to reporters that cover NPS and
Chesapeake Conservancy joint projects andÂ programs.
The ideal candidate will possess:
- Education and/or experience in communication, marketing or related field.
- Experience in customer service and speaking in public.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Solid writing skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office.
- Organizational skills, with an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
- Creativity and flexibility.
- Familiarity with social networking and content management systems is desired, but we will also train.
- An interest in the issues related to conservation and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay
- This is a one-year term position with the possibility of renewal. The Chesapeake Conservancy offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in a retirement savings plan.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Jody Couser, Director of Communications, via email, at email@example.com.
Please include Communications and Partnership Assistant as the subject of your email.
Writing samples may be requested.
The Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer.
We does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available genetic test results, or any other legally protected characteristic.
National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office
Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
410 Severn Ave., Suite 314
Annapolis, MD 21403
716 Giddings Ave., Suite 42
Annapolis, MD 21401