Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District

At Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District, we’re committed to protecting public health in Placer County. Our staff is key to this commitment. Our District’s internship program is an effort to inspire, develop and recruit young talent to the science and vector control field. Internship opportunities at the District seasonally provide on-the-job experience in field operations, research, lab activities, public outreach and social media. Each internship cumulates with a final report and is led at the direction of a full-time staff member.

Position Status: Temporary, Part-time, Internships

Application Deadline: April 29, 2021


JOB DESCRIPTION

Social Media Intern

The Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District seeks a part-time intern to develop and create engaging and creative social media and digital media content for the District. This position offers the opportunity to use communications skills while experiencing what it’s like to work at a special district and in the public health field while having fun during summer! You will learn the ins and outs of public outreach, how to manage social media communities and how to develop consistent and engaging social media campaigns that adhere to brand standards and educate the public. This role is active and will require some outside work when capturing photos and videos of fieldwork or filming content.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, some or all of the following:

  • Participate in brainstorms and team meetings to share ideas and develop concepts
  • Work collaboratively with staff and Public Information Officer
  • Create social media content calendars
  • Develop social media campaign themes
  • Program and schedule social media content
  • Analyze and track social media analytics
  • Conduct research on social media trends and influencers
  • Produce social media photos and videos
  • Administrative work as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Physical Requirements

  • Environmental Conditions:
    • Outdoor: frequent work outdoors with exposure to uneven ground such as fields, dirt banks, stream banks, rice fields, and shallow ponds; occasional exposure to chemicals, fumes, and other environmental substances. Outdoor work may also involve operation or exposure to manned or unmanned aircraft.
    • Typical office/laboratory environment: Occasional work in an office setting using typical office equipment. Some assignments may be in a laboratory setting using common biological laboratory equipment and substances.
    • Work may require wearing appropriate personal protective clothing and equipment.
  • Mobility: Periodically climb ladders or other objects; occasionally sit in one place while operating lab equipment or operating a computer.
  • Labor: Occasionally standing or driving for a long period of time; periodically bending at the knees and waist, stooping, crawling, reaching overhead and squatting. Repetitive motion associated with computer usage and machinery operation.
  • Lifting: Periodically lifting up to 50 pounds, occasionally assist in lifting over 50 pounds.
  • Vision: Constant use of overall vision, including depth perception.
  • Dexterity: Frequent grasping, holding, and reaching.
  • Hearing/Talking: Regular hearing and talking in person.
  • Emotional/Psychological: Regular coworker contact; occasional working alone.

REQUIREMENTS

It is the applicant’s responsibility to identify in their application materials how they meet the MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS listed below:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age or older.
  • A valid California Driver License will be required at the time of employment and must be maintained throughout employment.
  • Must pass pre-employment screenings including: background check, physical, and drug test.
  • Must have a driving record that meets District’s self-insurance standards.

Employment Standards

Knowledge of:

  • Social media platforms, posting and interacting including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, TikTok and Nextdoor
  • Graphic design skills using an application like Canva, Adobe Illustrator or others
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite
  • Photography and videography experience
  • Public relations, marketing or journalism degree/career interest

Ability to:

  • Interact professionally and effectively with peers, supervisors and the public.
  • Safely operate standard district equipment related to vector control field work
  • Follow oral and written instructions
  • Effectively communicate verbally and in writing
  • Read and write at a level required for successful job performance
  • Operate standard business computer hardware, mobile devices and related software applications

Examination and Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews will be scheduled during regular business hours (Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m.).  Selection will be based on a combined overall assessment of the oral interview, written application and resume.

Pre-employment Screening

A pre-employment background check and a physical and drug test will be required.  All persons selected for appointment must pass medical examinations administered by the District’s physician. Placer Mosquito and Vector Control District is committed to maintaining a drug and alcohol-free workplace.

Terms of Employment

Starting at $15/hour.

Start and end dates of the internship are flexible but aiming toward a June start day and September end date.

Workdays/hours: This will be a part-time, temporary position not to exceed 24 hours/week. It will be partially remote and include travel on behalf of the District. Weekly schedule will be decided once an intern is hired.

Workers compensation is provided.  Employees are protected under the Workers Compensation Laws of California.

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The District reserves the right to change or alter this description at its sole discretion.

All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.  Please contact the District at least five (5) working days before a scheduled examination or interview if you require accommodation in the examination or interview process.