Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resource Assistant

U.S. Forest Service / The Corps Network - Washington, DC


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:

  • Instill stewardship values in the next generation of natural and cultural resource management professionals;
  • Expand and enhance the capacity of the Forest Service to accomplish mission-critical work and high-priority projects;
  • Attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce to support the Forest Service’s mission to “sustain the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

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.

Position Description:

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:

  • Assist in the development of an Interpretive SharePoint site and content for the SharePoint site and mobile tour app
  • Support oversight, management and development of the Field Ranger program
  • Facilitate the collection of forest level interpretive plans across the system
  • Compile information about various interpretive position descriptions and series across land management agencies
  • Take meeting notes, draft briefing papers, and create PowerPoints and graphics for presentations and dissemination of program information
  • Collaborate with others within the Forest Service to support program activities and the Forest Service mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
  • Other duties as assigned by the program manager

Qualifications and Eligibility:

  • Recent graduate or graduate student preferred for full-time work;
  • Major or minor in Recreation, Tourism, or other related field;
  • Ideal candidate is web savvy and has experience with developing web content and content for social media accounts including accounts, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram;
  • Demonstrate exceptional oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate excellent attention to detail, problem-solving and organizational skills;
  • Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment; be able to manage time while remaining responsive to emails


7 months: April – October 2019


U.S. Forest Service, Washington Office

Office of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources

Washington, DC

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $1950/month stipend
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Housing allowance
  • Generous professional development allowance
  • Metro SmartTrip and transportation allowance
  • Opportunities for paid work travel, training sessions, and conferences.
  • Opportunities to network with U.S. Forest Service field rangers and professionals.
  • RAP Noncompetitive Hiring Authority: After completing and meeting program requirements, interns may become eligible for the RAP noncompetitive hiring authority through a 2-year certificate of eligibility.

How to Apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and references.

Partner Organizations:

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


  • Bachelor's (Required)


  • Washington, DC (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)

Required travel:

  • 25% (Required)