Communication and media intern

Posted on March 27th, 2017

The Ogallala Water Coordinated Agriculture Project (OWCAP) focuses on evaluating, developing and communicating science-based, practical solutions to support producer decision-making and adaptive management in response to significant declines in water quality and quantity in the Ogallala aquifer region.  Our project collaborators—40 researchers and extension specialists (and their post-docs, students, technicians) based at 9 institutions across the Ogallala aquifer region (CSU, OSU, KSU, TAMU, WTAMU, TTU, UNL, NMSU, USDA-ARS) have the goal of working together across academic disciplines and across state lines to improve our understanding of hydrogeologic and climate variability, best management practices for cropping and irrigation, social views on the value of water, and the impacts of policies on profitability, the long-term viability of the aquifer, and as incentives or barriers to farmer adoption of water conserving practices and technologies in the region.

OWCAP (funded by USDA-NIFA through 2020 and hosted by CSU) seeks a communication and media intern to fill a 10 hour/week paid summer position ($13/hour, starting as soon as a qualified candidate is identified to August 20, 2017).

The ideal candidate:
• has solid fundamental communication skills in writing, editing, interviewing and graphic design;
• is comfortable using social media, WordPress and the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite.
• is knowledgeable or interested in agricultural water conservation, as demonstrated through coursework, experience, or other endeavors.

The internship will offer a range of opportunities for portfolio (and resume) building, through assisting the OWCAP Project Manager with:
1)      development of infographic summaries (socioeconomic, biophysical) about the Ogallala aquifer region;
2)     interviews with producers and the related production of case studies to characterize a range of challenges faced by Ogallala producers and the innovations/solutions they employ to confront these challenges;
3)      attractive layout of copy aimed at a general reader audience (including members of Congress) to highlight project-related content, milestones and activities;
4)      updates of the project’s social media and internal/external websites;
5)      other activities (photography, videography, etc.) as appropriate to project needs and/or the skillset and interests of the intern.