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U.S. Forest Service Recreation Resource Assistant Intern - Spring 2021

MobilizeGreen Austin, TX
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Job Description

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MobilizeGreen is a national nonprofit committed to jumpstarting green careers for diverse youth and recent graduates, while advancing environmental equity in communities across the country.

In partnership with the USDA Forest Service, MobilizeGreen offers internship opportunities for college students (graduating before April 12, 2021), graduate students, and recent graduates. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) provides flexible internship placements based in National Forests across the US for those interested in Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the mentorship and coaching of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. The RAP was designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers.

Each MobilizeGreen Resource Assistant starts their journey with a weeklong orientation, where they will meet other RAs and Forest Service staff from across the country and engage in skill building and career development activities. Once an RA arrives at their host site, they are supervised and mentored by a variety of Forest Service staff, engaging with experts from business, conservation, and science backgrounds, and learning more about careers as they work on vital projects within the Forest Service. Upon completion of the program, RAs receive a 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service, keeping the door open for exciting career opportunities with their host site, or with any of the 154 national forests across the country. MobilizeGreen will enhance your career opportunities, introduce you to key leaders in the natural resource field, and engage you on your career journey to a job with the Forest Service.

Position Abstract: The Recreation Resource Assistant (RA) will work on the White River National Forest-Blanco Ranger District performing Recreation Program Management focused on working in the INFRA database; assisting the district with partner lead Great America Outdoors Act (GAOA) projects; crew and volunteer projects; documenting and recording partnership work; drafting reports and monitoring documents; setting up file structures and filing electronic documents; and developing a story map of 2021 GAOA deferred maintenance accomplishments on the WRNF.

Work Environment: The RA may be required to travel and work in the backcountry and other remote locations on the forest, independently, and in teams. Fieldwork and administrative work in an office required. Driving on and navigating forest roads and hiking may be required. Field-based work requires working throughout the day in a variety of extreme temperatures, and being exposed to a variety of environmental and weather conditions.

Location: Located in northwest Colorado, Meeker is a remote community of approx. 2,000 residents situated along the banks of the White River. The area is known for providing high quality outdoor recreation opportunities such as fishing, hunting, backpacking, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. This ranching and agricultural based town offers a limited range of facilities such as a grocery store, library, recreation center, parks, and a museum. Meeker is the gateway to the Flat Tops Wilderness, one of the largest wildernesses in Colorado and home to one of the largest elk herds in the country with numerous other abundant wildlife.

Host Unit: White River National Forest - Blanco Ranger District

Duty Station: 220 East Market St. Meeker, CO 81641

Term: 26 weeks starting May 16, 2021. Full-Time (40 hours per week).


  • $500 per week living allowance (stipend)
  • $1000 per month housing stipend
  • Health insurance (if requested)
  • Relocation support and travel allowance
  • 2-year Direct Hire Authority certificate with the Forest Service (after completion of the program and 960 hours)
  • Hands on learning and job training experience
  • Mentorship for career and professional development

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Update and revise deferred maintenance data in the INFRA database.
  • Document GAOA related accomplishment data and compile data into a GIS-based story map as a final project.
  • Work with project crews and local crews on various recreation-related projects.
  • Compile Wilderness Stewardship Challenge data into draft reports and GIS-based maps.
  • Set up file structures and file electronic documents.
  • Document and record partnership work on the district.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Geography/GIS, Natural Resource Management, Recreation, or a related field.
  • Valid driver's license (driving record will be reviewed prior to placement).
  • Demonstrate a motivated and independent work ethic through references and work experience.
  • Ability to work in various team settings and contribute as both a team member and a team leader.
  • Experience working in databases and managing data.
  • Experience in organizing and drafting reports.
  • Experience working outdoors.

MobilizeGreen is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization committed to diversity. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and why you would be a good match
  • 3 references
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