[Coral-List] Governer Sunia Summer Internship- Pacific Islands Region

Takiora Ingram tingram.raro at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 16:25:05 EST 2012

Hi everyone
Please send this announcement of the Governor Sunia Summer Internship in
the Pacific Islands Region to students in your networks for this unique
opportunity in the Pacific.
See details below.

Takiora Ingram, Ph.D
U.S. All Islands Coral Reef Committee Secretariat
Honolulu, Hawaii

*7th Annual Governor Tauese P.F. Sunia Memorial
*Coral Reef Conservation Summer Internship
Announcement: Pacific Islands Region
Opening Date: January 18, 2012
Closing Date: February 29, 2012
Internship winner notified: March 30, 2012
Internship period: June to August 2012
Governor Sunia Student Internship
Attn: Liza Johnson
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Mailstop 3150-MIB
Washington, DC 20024
Email: Liza_M_Johnson at ios.doi.gov
Phone: 202-208-1378
Fax: 202-208-4867
The United States Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF); U.S. Department of
Natural Resources Conservation Service, Pacific Islands Area; NOAA;
of Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, are
pleased to announce the 7th Governor Tauese P.F. Sunia Memorial Coral Reef
Summer Internship for the Pacific Islands Region, in recognition of the
late Governor’s outstanding leadership and contribution to the conservation
U.S. coral reef ecosystems.

The late Governor Sunia is most remembered for being an eloquent and
advocate for coral reef protection and management at the local level, not
only in American Samoa, but throughout the U.S. and the Pacific region. This
summer internship continues the Governor’s legacy by providing an
college or university student a unique opportunity to develop professional
and natural resource management skills and gain valuable, professionally
formative experience in coral reef conservation management.
It provides an 8-10 week internship for an eligible student interested in
resource management and coral reef ecosystems to work in a NRCS field office
serving the watershed conservation needs of local land users primarily on
lands. See eligibility information below.
The program is designed to provide career enhancing work experience to build
capacity in the jurisdictions. The student will be involved with
productive, handson
job assignments involved with conservation and enhancement of watershed
management and natural resources as it relates to coral reef ecosystems and
in the Pacific Islands region. The student will be paid by the NRCS and must
be willing to work on a full-time schedule during the summer break.

A selected student will work in a USDA-NRCS Pacific Islands Area office in
Hawaii (island of Maui).
Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
What it provides: STEP allows temporary appointment of students. Positions
be filled in the areas of natural resource conservation and watershed
with emphasis on coral reefs, science, biology, or soil conservation.
Who is Eligible:
Eligibility requirements for this Sunia internship include:
 A student enrolled as a degree-seeking student in an accredited
technical or
vocational school, 2-year or 4-year college or university, and has
completed a
minimum of one academic year of study in that program.
 Students with demonstrated interest and previous work/involvement with
coral reef issues; and
 Is at least 18 years old, and a U.S. citizen/national.
Pay and Qualification Requirements:
State of Hawaii:
 GS-3 - $12.19 per hour – Completion of one year of study
 GS-4 - $13.69 per hour – Completion of two years of study
 GS-5 - $15.31per hour – Completion of four years of study
 In addition to salary, employees on the island of Maui receive a cost of
allowance of12.25%.
 Transportation expenses for students recruited outside of the area of
and a housing stipend may be available.
Application Material
All applicants wishing to be considered for the Sunia internship should
the following material:
 All college and/or university transcripts. Unofficial copies are
 A resume with relevant experience and activities.
 Completed form OF-306 Declaration of Federal Employment. OF-306 form
can be found at www.opm.gov/forms.
 One letter of recommendation from a professor or relevant employer.
 A 750 word essay (maximum) on the importance of managing coral reefs in
your island jurisdiction and nationally; and how this internship will
benefit your
career goals related to coral reef management on your island.
Application material may be sent by mail, fax, or email and must be
received no
later than February 29, 2012, 5:00PM Hawaii time.

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