The interns will work in a partnership environment and will be exposed to a wide variety of nonprofit, government agency, and business organizations bringing resources to the table in partnership with the Forest Service. Interns will function as a cohesive team routinely linked into each other and to the Partnership, Volunteer, and Service Programs Manager in the Southern Regional Office. Interns will receive direct supervision and mentoring from local Forest Service staff, and will be exposed to a wide variety of careers and disciplines within and outside of Forest Service employment.
Housing and a vehicle for official duty transportation will be provided by the Forest Service. The Volunteer & Service program interns will support local Forest Service staff in the providing high quality opportunities for people to engage in conservation projects on the Forests. Interns will assist in planning and implementing volunteer and service projects such as trail maintenance, wildlife monitoring, watershed protection, rare plan conservation, invasive species control, and recreation management. Interns will place a special emphasis on assisting the Forests in reaching under-represented populations, including minorities, youth, and economically disadvantaged families. Interns will, with support from the Regional Office and their supervisors, develop volunteer and partnership agreements, manage Forest Service accomplishment reporting requirements, and will actively work towards building a network of partners and individuals committed to investing time, energy, and sometimes cash dollars, into the conservation of Forest resources.
Intern will also serve as an assistant to the Forest Service in planning, coordinating, and implementing Youth Conservation Corps conservation projects. In this role, intern will provide individual and team oriented mentorship, but not supervision, to youth aged 15 to 18 who are engaged in Forest Service YCC programs.