The Central Platte Natural Resources District strives to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, reduce soil erosion, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely.  The Central Platte is one of 23 separate NRDs created by the Nebraska Legislature to protect our natural resources. Our mission is to protect groundwater and surface water, reduce flood threats, reduce soil erosion, create and protect wildlife habitat, and educate children and adults to use natural resources wisely.

Communications Assistant

Location: Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD) office in Grand Island, NE.
1-year full-time position with the opportunity for extension pending funding.  Competitive salary and benefits package.
Full job description below.
Email resume and/or questions to Lyndon Vogt at: vogt@cpnrd.org by February 14, 2020.


This is an entry-level position held by Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD).  The selected individual will work with CPNRD, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), and the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture (RWBJV).  In this position, the incumbent will collaborate with these staff to develop communication materials (electronic and print), coordinate RWBJV webpage management, facilitate meetings regarding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Bill conservation opportunities, and assist with educational events for K-12 students within the CPNRD.  The individual selected for this position will directly connect with area youth, local landowners, non-governmental conservation organizations, as well as local, state, and federal conservation professionals.  Individuals from these different organizations will support this position by providing materials, examples, and contacts to develop necessary materials for communication, education, and outreach to priority audiences.  The individual selected for this position will assist/coordinate with the CPNRD Information/Education Specialist, NRCS Public Relations Specialist, and RWBJV staff to prioritize workload and weekly tasks.  This position will report directly to the CPNRD General Manager.


This individual will have a variety of duties to support the partnering agencies.  The incumbent will work with CPNRD, NRCS, RWBJV staff to develop electronic and print material for landowners about different natural resource issues (i.e. wildlife habitat, water quality, water quantity, flooding, etc.), conservation practices that can be implemented and available programs.  Youth education will also be a priority for this position.  Participation in educational events (i.e. Nebraska Children’s Groundwater Festival) and in-school visits will be the primary interaction.  This position will also work with partners to develop a series of Agriculture Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) trainings that will provide a programmatic overview of ACEP, as well as an opportunity for different conservation partners to highlight their organizations, geographic focus areas, conservation priorities, and available programs.  Primary duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the primary contact for the RWBJV website & ensure content is up-to-date, accurate, and relevant to partners as well as landowners.
  • Will support RWBJV Coordinator, RWBJV staff, and partners to develop three eNewsletters and RWBJV Partnership Updates annually & ensure content from these are posted and available on the RWBJV website.
  • Assist with writing news releases and stories for local/state/national print, radio, television, and digital venues for CPNRD, NRCS, and RWBJV.
  • Develop informational materials such as pamphlets, fact sheets and brochures from information furnished by managers and/or technical specialists that are designed to inform and/or educate others about conservation practices and available programs.
  • Coordinate the development of booth & educational materials for outreach events. Materials and booths will be audience-specific.  Different booths and materials will be developed for youth education, wildlife habitat venues, and landowner events (i.e. Husker Harvest Days).


This position will require a diverse set of skills.  This position will collaboratively work with partner staff to gain insights about natural resource issues as well as programmatic options.  This interaction should complement the incumbent’s knowledge of conservation issues, concepts, practices, and conservation partner programs.  This team approach will be leveraged to effectively and accurately prepare as well as explain written, oral, and graphic presentations of issues affecting natural resources, conservation goals/objectives, and available conservation programs.  The incumbent will need to establish and maintain effective and cooperative work relationships with local natural resource professionals as well as representatives of the local media, farm community leaders, Natural Resources Districts’, and other conservation partners.  The desired skill set includes the following elements:

  • Strong knowledge of written/oral communication and journalism methods as well as techniques to write news releases, feature articles and other text for publication is desired. Skill in communications and usage rules in order to plan, compose, edit, proofread and finalize finished products for release is desired.
  • Experience with website design, maintenance, and web content generation.
  • Experience in using social media and conducting social media campaigns.
  • Ability to prepare, coordinate, and facilitate workshops, seminars and other meetings with non-profit organizations, schools, State and local government agencies, Tribes, and cooperating industries in order to increase communication between landowners and conservation partners to stimulate interest in voluntary conservation programs.
  • Ability to analyze the effectiveness of communication plans implemented, in order to develop recommendations to enhance communications with the diverse audiences targeted through this position.
  • Knowledge/experience with desktop publishing, video editing software, computer graphics equipment and software in order to plan and produce aesthetically composed visual products in timelines prescribed by the State Public Affairs Officer. Such computer programs may include InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Elements, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, and Excel.

Email resume and/or questions to: vogt@cpnrd.org by February 14, 2020.


National Water Resources Association Government Affairs
Summer Internship (Paid)

Organization Description – The National Water Resources Association (NWRA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit federation of state water resources associations, regional associations, agricultural, and municipal water providers. Our members provide water and hydropower to approximately 50 million individuals, families, agricultural producers, and other businesses in a manner that supports communities, the economy, and the environment. NWRA works to preserve and promote the rights and interests of the states in their water resources, subject to interstate compacts and treaties. NWRA
helps inform members of Congress as well as the general public about the importance, and national economic and societal benefits of water supply.

Internship Description – The NWRA Summer Internship Program is designed to provide participants with a variety of learning experiences. The internship provides a behind-the-scenes look at NWRA’s work with the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and provides insights into government relations, communications, and nonprofit management. It contains three core components; government relations, project management, and a research project.

Internship activities will consist of attending Congressional hearings, interacting with members of Congress and their staff alongside the NWRA Executive Vice President and other NWRA staff members. The internship also provides first-hand experience in project management and event planning of a major event, the NWRA Memorial Golf Tournament, which helps fund the NWRA Intern Program. Interns will also conduct a research project and present their findings during NWRA’s Western Water Seminar. Other activities will include database management, general office duties, research and writing reports on Congressional hearings and federal agency activities. The conclusion of the internship will be assisting with the NWRA Western Water Seminar and Memorial Golf Tournament held in Spokane, Washington August 4 – 7, 2020.

Qualifications – Candidates must be highly motivated and have an interest in water resources. Interns must have excellent writing skills and the ability to perform independently in a fast-paced environment. Organization, attention to detail, punctuality, and working in a timely manner are essential. Previous knowledge and experience working with Microsoft Excel and Word programs are preferred. If you share our vision, we welcome your application to join our team at NWRA.

Compensation – The NWRA Summer Internship Program is a paid position. The position is compensated at a total of $5,000.00 pre-tax for the duration of the internship. Interns are responsible for making their housing and travel arrangements to Washington, DC.

Expectations – The summer internship begins June 8, 2020, and ends August 7, 2020. To apply, please send your resume, a writing sample, and contact information for three references to Ian Lyle at ilyle@nwra.org by April 10, 2020.

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