United States Forest Service - Resource Assistant Program
Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resource Assistant
Organization: U.S. Forest Service, National Forest System Office of Recreation, Heritage & Volunteers Resources - Travel, Tourism and Interpretation Program
Partner Organization(s): The Corps Network
Location: Washington, DC
Term of Service: 7 months
Wage: $1950/month stipend
Start Date: April 2019
United States Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Resource assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship, resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.
RAP seeks to engage highly motivated candidates through these program objectives:
Background on the Office of Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer:
Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources is at the cutting edge of the Agency’s engagement with recreation service providers and public interest groups on the issues and challenges of travel management, privately provided recreation services, trail management, volunteer services, and heritage to name just a few. Positions on the Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources staff are high visibility both within the Agency and externally. Our staff often works closely with Agency leadership to ensure we are adequately supporting the field and meeting the needs of the Agency and of Congress; and frequently partners with other staff areas, land management agencies, and non-governmental organizations. The Resource Assistant will be exposed to a myriad of issues and gain knowledge of the Washington Office at a fast pace through both work assignments and the guidance of the staff.
The Forest Service is recruiting a Resource Assistant to assist the National Program Manager for Travel, Tourism and Interpretation for the USDA Forest Service. This position is based in Washington, D.C. in the National Forest System Office of Recreation, Heritage & Volunteers Resources, Travel, Tourism and Interpretation Program. Working in the headquarters office of the Forest Service is an exciting experience filled with benefits and challenges. The selected candidate will work on cutting edge issues with diverse staff groups and learn about public policy and public service by helping one of the agency’s national-level programs.
The Resource Assistant will be exposed to program development work in travel and tourism, interpretative services, visitor center operations, and public services for recreation and workforce, career and leadership development experiences. Candidates with an interest in outdoor recreation, tourism, and/or community outreach and engagement are encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific duties will be to provide quality support to the Program Manager on day-to-day tasks involving program leadership, oversight, and support to the field for interpretive services, travel, and tourism programs. In addition to attending meetings with the program manager and participating in activities and events relevant to this program of work, the Resource Assistant will:
Qualifications and Eligibility:
7 months: April – October 2019
U.S. Forest Service, Washington Office
Office of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources
Compensation and Benefits:
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references.
About The Corps Network:
The Corps Network is the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. Our 130+ Corps provide young adults and veterans the opportunity to serve our country through projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities. The Corps Network supports Corps by advocating on their behalf, providing access to funding and project opportunities, and by offering expertise in Corps operations and programming.
Job Types: Full-time, Internship
Salary: $1,950.00 /month