Public Affairs Intern @ Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

Public Affairs Intern


About the Position : Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) is seeking a Public Affairs Intern in the Public Affairs Department. The Public Affairs Intern responsibilities include assisting in research and writing for publications, creating social media posts and campaigns, representing Midpen at community events and workshops, drafting and proofreading marketing materials and communications, reviewing and uploading photos to a database and other duties as assigned. Work duties will provide training in a broad range of public affairs strategies and activities. In addition, there is a governmental affairs component as well to assist with intergovernmental meetings and events, legislative analysis and monitoring and legislative correspondences. This position reports to the Public Affairs Specialist leading editorial and content strategy, with additional assignments from other communications project/program leads. The expected start date for this position is mid-January 2024.

About Midpen : Midpen helps plants, animals and people thrive throughout the greater Santa Cruz Mountains region by preserving a greenbelt of more than 70,000 acres of public open space with 250 miles of trails in 27 extraordinary preserves, permanently protected for natural resource conservation and ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education. Midpen is a public agency with a focused mission that guides our work, and where every employee makes an impact. If you are looking for an outstanding opportunity to contribute to the legacy of open space protection, natural resource restoration and outdoor recreation, working with an incredible team of like-minded colleagues, we invite you to apply for this position! For more information please visit our Intern Program Brochure and check out the Working for Midpen video on our Employment Opportunities page.

Basic Requirements : Internships are open to applications from current students or recent graduates (within the last 12 months). Successful candidates will have a background in public affairs, communications, public relations, marketing, policy and government, journalism, community relations or a similar field. Candidates who also have experience, knowledge of or an interest in natural history and sciences, environmental studies, parks and open space or interpretation would benefit from this internship. Experience with social media platforms and tools, website content management systems and email marketing platforms are a plus. Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

Working Conditions : The Public Affairs Intern will work at Midpen’s Administrative Office in Los Altos, CA. Midpen offers a hybrid work environment for this position, and will be divided between on-site work at the Administrative Office in Los Altos, at home office work and some outdoor work. May be required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays as needed for special events. This is a temporary position working 20 – 40 hours per week, which will extend up to a total of 950 hours over a 6-9 month period. This is a non- benefited position.

How to Apply district/job-20434787

Ready to apply? Great! We welcome your application online at Application deadline is Sunday, November 19, 2023. Applicants with the most relevant experience and qualifications suitable for the position will be contacted for an interview. The following application items are required to be considered* :

  1. Fully completed CalOpps employment application
  2. Cover letter
  3. Resume
  4. Supplemental question responses

_Incomplete CalOpps employment applications, or applications without the required application items listed here, will not be considered for the position._ Virtual Interviews are planned for Monday, December 4, 2023.* Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate individual schedules.

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation by contacting the Human Resources department at 650-691-1200.

Put your passion for Open Space to work!


Los Altos, California, United States




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