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U.S. Forest Service Wildland Fire Dispatcher Resource Assistant Intern - Spring 2021

MobilizeGreen San Luis Obispo, CA

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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 Wildland Fire Dispatcher Resource Assistant (RA) will provide a wide range of fire dispatch functions to support all aspects of wildland fire. RA will assist with fire dispatching on a radio console, along with logistical and administrative support to not only the local, but nation efforts in wildland fire suppression activates. RA will coordinate with multiple partners and agencies, along with other dispatch centers to ensure all needs are being met for the agencies.

Work Environment:The dispatch center is a high tempo, high demand organization. Being part of a team is a key part of its success. Administrative office work is the environment the RA will work under in the dispatch center. Operating different computer programs and telecommunication systems daily, along with assisting with internal procedures and guides.

Location:UCR Dispatch Center is located in Grand Junction, Colorado. RA will be hosted by the White River National Forest, but the duty location will not be located on the forest. The Dispatch Center is interagency, therefore they will be working along side the Bureau of Land Management employees as one unit. Grand Junction has a lot to offer, it is the largest city on the Western Slope of Colorado, there is plenty of shopping along with activities to do outside such as hiking and biking trails, access to the forest, access to the desert, and a ski hill a few hours away.

Host Unit:White River National Forest, UCR Dispatch Center

Duty Station:2774 Landing View Lane, Grand Junction CO 81506

Term:26 weeks starting May 5, 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 Hiring Authority with the Forest Service (with successful completion and 960 hours)
  • Hands on learning and job training experience
  • Mentorship for career and professional development

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work in multiple computer applications to process and complete resource orders for wildland fire personnel, equipment, supplies, and aircraft.
  • Coordinate with partners and other dispatch organizations on mobilization, reassignment, and demobilization of resources.
  • Data entry in multiple wildland fire applications daily.
  • Communicate clear and concise on a radio console with personnel on the ground. Communicate both up the chain of command along with personnel on the ground. Provide good documentation on communication in the dispatch center.
  • Review internal operating procedures and systems, make recommendations for improvements or updates to operating plans and mobilization guidelines.
  • Monitor and assures completion of daily, weekly, monthly, and year end required records, reports, and summaries.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Associate's degree in Forestry, Communications, or a related field required (must be a recent graduate, 0-5 years out of school).
  • General computer software and application knowledge.
  • Works great in a team environment.
  • Good communicator both written and oral.
  • Enjoys high tempo and dynamic work environment.

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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