Photo from the 2013 Great New York State Fair! Credit: USFWS

We’re recruiting for an outreach, education and media position!

I'm Bethany Holbrook, and I work at our New York Field Office. You'll be hearing from me every week! Stay tuned for tales from the great state of New York. USFWS photo with Bethany holding a bog turtle

I’m Bethany Holbrook, and I work at our New York Field Office. You’ll be hearing from me every week! Stay tuned for tales from the great state of New York.

My office in Cortland, N.Y., is looking for an independent, energetic individual with strong communications skills to coordinate and produce outreach materials for the New York Field Office.

The person will engage our local communities, expand and enhance our communication opportunities with both internal and external audiences, and develop media that will showcase restoration projects in the office.

You will learn about conservation practices through your own research and personal experience with biologists in the field, and then share that knowledge with the public through blog articles, Facebook posts, interpretive posters, presentations, fact sheets, website updates, or any other media you would like to use to communicate with Congressional audiences, the general public, news media, and non-government organizations.

The successful candidate will share field experiences with the public, participate in outreach events and work on educational media for the Ithaca Children’s Garden to convey a positive conservation message to future generations of environmentalists. See the below gallery for examples of my work.

This one-year, full-time paid position is available through AmeriCorps. As an AmeriCorps member, you’ll gain new skills and experiences and you’ll also find tremendous satisfaction that comes from helping others. In addition, full-time members who complete their service earn a $5,500 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay for college, graduate school, or to pay back qualified student loans. Some AmeriCorps members may also receive a modest living allowance during their term of service.

If you have a creative and energetic personality, strong writing skills and outreach experience that will help develop our programs, please provide a resume directly to the New York Field Office at 3817 Luker Road, Cortland, New York, 13045, by the closing date of November 22, 2013. 

Questions may be directed to MaryEllen VanDonsel at either 607-753-9334 or

The New York Field Office has given me some of the most memorable experiences, and I would highly recommend this position to anyone interested in outreach and conservation.

You receive a great deal of independence to make the position what you think is best, so there is plenty of room for creativity. You will work with a group of individuals who are highly committed to their role as conservationists, which will heighten your experiences while working with them.

I cannot speak highly enough of the staff at the New York Field Office for their support and inviting personalities. I am so thankful I was given this opportunity, and I hope the next outreach coordinator will enjoy it as much as I did.

1 thought on “We’re recruiting for an outreach, education and media position!

  1. Pingback: Outreach opening: A job of storytelling, coordination and education | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

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