2018 Downtowns & Trails Summer Internship

Connecting Downtown Economic Development with Natural Assets in New Hampshire

Applications due March 9, 2018 by 5:00pm Submission instructions: All applicants are required to submit a resume and one‐page cover letter explaining interest in the position and relevant qualifications.

Submissions are due to Kate Pacheco at: Kate.Pacheco@unh.edu

Internship overview: UNH Cooperative Extension is seeking two NH undergraduate students to work with UNH Cooperative Extension Community & Economic Development on the Downtowns & Trails Project. Students will work directly with community stakeholders to assess community conditions that would connect economic development with natural assets as well as map trails in the field to contribute to the Trail Finder Project. Ideal candidates will be majoring in Environmental and Resource Economics, Environmental Conservation and Sustainability, Community and Environmental Planning, Earth Sciences or Recreation Management and Policy. Experience with GIS data collection and software is preferred. Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills desired. Students will spend approximately 20 hours/week on a variety of trails‐related tasks for 8 weeks. Student must have personal transportation but travel costs will be reimbursed.

Work schedule and compensation: Student will work 20 hours/week for eight weeks between May 31, 2018 and August 2, 2018 paid at $10/hour. Mileage reimbursement is also provided.

Duties, responsibilities, and expected learning outcomes: The students will work directly with Dr. Rogers and will interact with potential pilot communities in the State. The main focus of the work will be on assessing communities for their built, natural, social, and leadership conditions in order to understand their ability to connect downtowns with trails and waterways. In addition to literature review and web searches on the economic development literature, they will also reach out to community stakeholders via phone calls and in person meetings. At the same time, they will map and collect (or create) additional trails data such as photos and trails descriptions as necessary. Students will gain hands‐on skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection, communication with community stakeholders, and GPS and GIS technologies. Students will use Collector for ArcGIS to gather data on the factors that are important to creating linkages between trailheads and downtowns. Students will learn the use of Collector for ArcGIS, use the Collector, and learn to assess the trail‐to‐town factors for success. They will learn to combine this data with information on communities collected via web and document review and stakeholder interviews and meeting notes. In summary, the students’ expected learning outcomes include:

  • New understanding of the importance of nature in New Hampshire’s economies
  • Greater understanding of community needs related to trails, economic development, downtown revitalization and environmental conservation
  • Experience reviewing literature and collecting and analyzing social science data
  • Increased knowledge of and practical application of various GIS technologies
  • Familiarization with the Trail Finder website
  • Greater understanding of Extension’s Natural Resources and Community Development programs and services
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Anna Boudreau
State Advisory Council Chair, Natural Resources Steward and NH Coverts Cooperator