River Intern

Expected Dates
June 2, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Huron-Manistee National Forest
Position ID
The Cadillac-Manistee Ranger District is the northernmost District on the Manistee portion of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. The town of Manistee is located on Lake Michigan and borders the western portion of the District. The District encompasses as far north to Mesick, west to Cadillac, and south to Freesoil. The District has three National Wild and Scenic Rivers that flow through it. These include: the Little Manistee River (Study), the Big Manistee River (Recreation), and the Pine River (Scenic). These rivers are known nationally for their attributes and receive high amounts of varied recreational use throughtout the year. The District manages for a variety of uses along these rivers, which includes boat launches and landing sites, developed camping areas, dispersed camping areas, hiking and backpacking trails, fishing piers, disc golf, and sightseeing.

The Cadillac-Manistee Ranger District is seeking a River Intern for a 12 week period to assist in educational outreach and environmental stewardship activities on the Little Manistee River, the Big Manistee River (and associated backwaters), and the Pine River. The successful candidate will need to be self-motivated, able to work with a wide array of the public in a variety of settings, and capable of identifying and implementing environmental stewardship projects in ways that are consistent with the management of National Wild and Scenic designation for each river. This work will, at times, be physically ardous. 

During the field season (June through August), the intern will need to become familiar with the river systems and facilities associated with them. They will travel the throughout the river corridors and on the river using watercraft, make visitor contacts, maintain hiking trails and facilities, identify and treat non-native invasive plant species, and monitor the resources. In addition, the candidate will help ensure that the character of the Wild and Scenic Rivers are maintained throughout the season. Other opportunities may include: maintaining the North Country National Scenic Hiking Trail, stewardship projects on other National Forest System lands, working with other volunteer groups, and working with other members of the District’s Recreation Team.  
  • Cadillac-Manistee Ranger District
  • Chainsaw training, power/hand tool safety, boater safety, CPR/first aid, ATV training, and more depending on availability.
  • The District host a wide variety of recreational opportunities including: hiking/backpacking trails, canoe/kayaking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, disc golf, developed and dispersed camping, and more.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Recreation Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
degree major or professional experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent without supervision
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
competent without supervision