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Keep Roswell Beautiful seeks intern


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Keep Roswell Beautiful is seeking a paid intern who will give presentations on the program’s goals and help with events through the spring.

The internship was one of several topics discussed at a meeting of the program’s board of directors Monday afternoon.

City marketing coordinator and staff liaison for the program Thalia Pantoja-Gruis told board members she has not yet received any letters of interest for the position. The deadline to submit one is Jan. 4, but Pantoja-Gruis said she might extend the deadline.

The grant-funded internship is for a student between the ages of 14 and 25 and will offer credit hours and pay $10.50 an hour for 20 hours a week with a flexible schedule, she said.

“The intern will basically be in charge of researching and producing presentations focusing on the program goals. The presentation will cover the goals and then practices to implement them in everyday life,” she said.

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Those goals are ending litter, waste reduction, beautifying communities and empowering youth. The intern will give the presentations to youth groups or classes from elementary to college levels.

The intern will also give a presentation to the Keep Roswell Beautiful board and possibly the Roswell City Council, Pantoja-Gruis said. The intern will also work with the city videographer to complete a video of their experiences during the internship.

“This is a really good opportunity. We don’t get a lot of paid internships. You don’t get a lot of paid internships that pay this well, so I’m hoping we get a really wonderful intern,” she said.

Information on applying for the internship can be found on the Keep Roswell Beautiful page on the city’s website under the “Residents” menu.

Pantoja-Gruis also reported the installation of new benches made from recycled plastic will likely happen in early spring. Keep Roswell Beautiful purchased two benches from the effort over the last year to collect bottle caps and exchange them for the benches from an Indiana company. MainStreet Roswell has identified 15 locations on Main Street to place the benches as well as any future purchases.

A virtual gardening workshop with the New Mexico State University Extension Service on Dec. 14 had to be cancelled due to an unsecure connection and a malicious bot — an automated software program — that got into the meeting and posted offensive language, Pantoja-Gruis said.

Marisa Thompson, NMSU Extension urban horticulture specialist, will record her presentation and it will be posted on the Keep Roswell Beautiful Facebook page late next week, Pantoja-Gruis said.

“It was a lesson learned for sure. It was really unfortunate that is was messed up,” she said, adding future programs will have more security.

The board also discussed ideas to help encourage more usage of the clean-up supplies it makes available to groups. A request form for the supplies, which include trash grabbers, rakes, trash bags, gloves and face coverings, can be found on the Keep Roswell Beautiful web page.

Board Chair Mathew Pacheco suggested offering some kind of incentive. Pantoja-Gruis said that is in the program’s budget and she is working with the city’s graphic designer to create a T-shirt that could be given to those who use the supplies for projects. The board also discussed contacting groups that work with the homeless and offering gift cards as incentives for cleanup projects.

The board also discussed contacting churches and community organizations as well as using the city’s electronic signs or ads on buses to encourage community cleanups for service projects related to Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 18 and also for Earth Day in April.

The next meeting for the board will be Jan. 25.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.