Positions Offered


Friends of the Cheat is currently hiring 2 Trail Towns Program Interns – application due March 7, 2020


The Friends of Cheat (FOC) watershed organization is hiring two paid interns during Summer 2020 to assist with its Trail Towns Program (TTP) Initiative. The ideal candidates will have complementary interests in outdoor recreation management; tourism development, with skills and interests in recreation planning, interpretive services; arts and culture, and/or public history. The intern will work closely with the TTP’s Community Development Coordinator to develop a short and medium-term strategic plan that engages community members and other key stakeholders in a comprehensive trail development, tourism and economic development strategy. FOC will hire two (2) TTP interns, one primarily focused on strategic planning and community engagement, and one primarily focused on recreation planning and marketing. Payment is in the form of a stipend ($3,000), and interns are expected to work from May 18th until August 10th.
Interested applicants are encouraged to send a cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and names/contact information of three personal references to Kelley Burd-Huss, Friends of Cheat Community Development Coordinator, at kelley@cheat.org by March 7, 2020.

About Friends of the Cheat

Friends of the Cheat is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit watershed group working to restore a river damaged by a legacy of irresponsible land use practices; preserve the health and integrity of the watershed against future degradation; promote the watershed as a haven for beauty and recreation; and educate the community on our work and the economic, cultural, and aesthetic value of clean water. Since the formation of Friends of the Cheat (FOC) in 1994, the organization’s primary focus has been addressing the severe acid mine drainage (AMD) pollution issues in the lower reaches of the watershed. Through coalition building, collaboration, and the implementation of AMD treatment systems, the Cheat River–named one of the country’s most endangered rivers in 1995–is once again alive with life. FOC works with state and federal agencies to coordinate reclamation and remediation efforts, academic institutions to facilitate research projects, and a variety of other stakeholders from the business and non-profit sector.





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