Employment Opportunities - Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

2014 Paid Fall Internship Position - Energy Action Fairfax

This fall internship position would support Fairfax County's Energy Action Fairfax homeowner and business programs, working with Fairfax County and Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) staff. Energy Action Fairfax includes innovative programs that support business and residential engagement in energy education and energy reduction initiatives. A Green Business program is under development.


  • Research, conduct interviews and write articles profiling Fairfax County residential and business energy efficiency success stories, particularly for the program’s webpages.
  • Research, update, and develop Energy Action Fairfax web content while adhering to Fairfax County style guidelines.
  • Assist with the program’s Green Business website and directory launch, which may include screening applications, converting documents to accessible format and uploading to public domain.
  • May have a role in contacting and engaging with potential program participants, including Fairfax County homeowner associations and businesses.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong writing and speaking skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Professionalism with partners and public.
  • Able to work independently; trustworthy and assumes responsibility easily.
  • Performs well on a team, excellent relationship with colleagues and supervisors.
  • Learns quickly, not afraid to troubleshoot independently and ask questions.
  • Desired: Experience with energy efficiency initiatives and outreach efforts, Adobe Acrobat and website management.

The intern must display professionalism, patience, attention to detail, a willingness to learn and a good sense of humor. This internship opportunity is offered through NVSWCD, but the intern will work under both the Fairfax County Energy Action Fairfax program lead and NVSWCD's Watershed Specialist and Executive Director. This is an excellent opportunity for a graduate level student or recent graduate. A valid Virginia or Maryland driver's license and clean driving record is required. Use of a personal vehicle required; mileage will be reimbursed at current IRS rate.

Term & Compensation:

September 8 - December 19 (15 weeks, 30 hours/week)
$5,000 stipend

Office Location

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 905, Fairfax, VA 22035

How To Apply

Interested applicants should email their resume, accompanied by a cover letter and contact information for two references to conservationdistrict@fairfaxcounty.gov by September 1, 2014.

About Energy Action Fairfax

Energy Action Fairfax promotes energy efficiency and conservation in both residential and business environments. For residents, the program is intended to bring neighbors together to save energy and to explain how, by taking steps to become more energy efficient, residents can keep energy paid for where it belongs - inside the home. A related program focusing on county businesses is in development. The Green Business Program will recognize businesses that are integrating sustainability principles like energy efficiency, waste reduction and smart water use into their day-to-day operations. For more information, see: Energy Action Fairfax.


The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its boundaries are the same as those of Fairfax County, home to nearly one million people. Founded in 1945 by citizens concerned about conserving natural resources, NVSWCD is now one of 47 conservation districts in Virginia and approximately 3,000 nationwide. The agency is governed by a five-member Board of Directors who employ seven staff to carry out the organization's technical and educational programs.

The agency's goal is to promote clean streams and protected natural resources. We achieve this through effective leadership, technical assistance and outreach programs in collaboration with government, industry and the public.

NVSWCD is not a regulatory agency. Instead, the agency provides conservation information, technical services, educational programs and volunteer opportunities to residents on many aspects of water quality, nonpoint source pollution and stream health. We also connect residents with environmental initiatives and opportunities through our Watershed Calendar and Green Group listserves and our quarterly newsletter, Conservation Currents.

The Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Its programs, activities and employment opportunities are available to all people regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, or political affiliation.

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