Summer job

Paid internship (not for credit)…


Maryland Conservation Jobs Corps

2017 Summer Program

Photographer – Intern

Position Description

POSITION: CJC – Intern – Photographer

SALARY: $13/hour, 40 hours per week

CLOSING DATE: March 15, 2015

BENEFITS: None – position is contractual

TERM OF CONTRACT: June 15 – August 10, 2017

HOURS: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m.  – 4:00 p.m. generally, with some variation possible

LOCATION: Position will be assigned to report to Patapsco Valley State Park, Gunpowder Falls State Park, Susquehanna State Park, Seneca Creek State Park, Assateague State Park, Gwynns Falls Trail Park or Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary.  Reporting locations may change at any time.  Position may periodically be required to report to additional locations, subject to the needs of the Conservation Jobs Corps (CJC) program and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  

Organization Summary

The mission of the CJC is to provide disadvantaged or otherwise at-risk youth with job development opportunities that integrate conservation service experience and job skills training with exposure to nature, experiential learning and recreation opportunities in the outdoors. The programs are open to youths aged 14 – 17. Both nature immersion and public service have restorative properties for the human spirit, and together they offer young people a unique opportunity to define their future – and themselves – in a positive way. It is the goal of these programs to maximize that opportunity.

Position Description

The CJC Photographer is responsible for capturing photos/video that embodies the spirit of the CJC program.  Photo staff will work with the program staff to highlight a day in the life of our corps members as well as the unique experiences that offer youth and staff, life memories.  Photographers will also capture staff trainings, special events and camping experiences where photographers will camp with program staff to capture the camping experiences during the program.  Photo staff will meet weekly to edit and work to schedule each of the 8 CJC sites across Maryland to make sure each site has adequate coverage and is included in the final product.  Photo staff will select youth to interview / video with the help of program staff and include excerpts from corps member and staff interviews in their final product.  Photo staff should have a general comfort with movie making software to merge photos, videos and music into a final dvd/movie for presentation during our closing ceremony on July 28th.  Photo staff will also capture images both at the closing youth ceremony and the final staff debrief.  All photos should be turned into the Program Director during the final debrief.  

Youth and staff work in the elements and Photo staff will be expected to be present during work days regardless of weather.  Because the program operations occur primarily in the field, Photographers should have their equipment insured.  Photo staff will be expected to furnish their own equipment.  Storage devices will be provided to store photos but should be returned at the close of the program.  

Essential Job Functions and Duties

working with staff to discuss the images they require and how they want to use them;

seeking out appropriate photographic subjects and opportunities;

carrying out research and preparation for a shoot;

working in different locations and in different circumstances to get the right image;

using an extensive range of technical equipment, including cameras, lenses, lighting and specialist software;

communicating with photographic subjects (youth and staff), putting them at ease, encouraging them and directing them;

arranging still life objects, products, scenes, and backgrounds;

managing the processing and use of images, discussing technical problems, checking for quality and dealing with staff concerns;

preparing proofs for approval;

compiling finished products for presentation, such as slideshows, video and prints;

incorporating music and video with the slideshow, managing time / length of production; building a rapport with youth and staff in order to maximize the authenticity of photos

developing expertise with software to digitally enhance images by, for example, changing emphasis, cropping pictures, correcting minor faults or moving objects around;

managing and scheduling site visits to capture each site and coordinating with program staff to notify them of your plans for the site shoots;

maintaining a substantial amount of photos prior to the editing and selection process to maximize the opportunities to select a sufficient number of quality photos from each site;




Fred Banks

(410) 218-8581 cell

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