2023 Rock Creek Park Arborist Corps (PO-00735345)

Position Title: Tree Worker and Fire Intern
Program Dates: 6/15/23 – 12/20/23
Work Schedule: Monday – Friday 5:30 am – 3:00 pm (40 hours per week)
Location: Rock Creek Park, Washington, DC
Transportation and Site Location: Members must provide their own transportation to and from the Rock Creek maintenance shop site in Washington, DC. The maintenance shop is located at this Google Maps pin.

Primary Responsibilities:
As a Tree Worker & Fire Intern, you will be integrated into a dynamic program that offers technical training and certifications to grow into a successful arborist with the National Park Service (NPS). Interns will work alongside NPS staff on a variety of projects for 26 full work weeks. Projects and skills training may include:

  1. Chainsaw safety, maintenance, and operations training (CSMO).
  2. Assisting journeyman level tree workers as instructed by performing routine duties such as moving, removing, and pruning hazard trees to preserve the natural spaces in Rock Creek Park.
  3. Working closely and following directions under the supervision of NPS staff to support journeyman tree workers in felling, jacking, wedging, flushing, trimming, pruning and/or removal, and rigging.
  4. Safety, maintenance, and organization of chainsaws and ropes. Inventory and inform NPS supervisors of necessary repairs or defective tools.
  5. Utilizing safety practices and procedures following established SCA and NPS safety rules and regulations.
  6. Serving as a lookout and flagger prior to and during tree hazard mitigation activities to protect life and property.
  7. Tree species identification and field biology lessons.
  8. Tree work & climbing knots training.
  9. Fire Fighter Type 2 training with a possibility to go onto a 2-week wildfire detail.
  10. Learning the vehicles of the trade (bucket, chipper, stump grinder, log loader, etc.) and how to maintain them/ use them during removal.
  11. Potential for emergency and overtime work after hours work or during the weekend.

Interns will work collaboratively and efficiently with their team to complete these projects by the deadline. Tool usage, safety, risk, and job hazard assessments will be part of training and daily briefings. Interns will learn to work safely in new outdoor environments, in a crew-model with new people, all while learning new skills. Being open to new experiences is a huge advantage for interns.

Intern Qualifications:

  • Experience working outdoors in varied weather are highly desired
  • Experience using climbing ropes and trying knots are highly desired
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills desired – i.e., trail maintenance, trail construction, habitat restoration, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 9 hours per day, exposed to the elements, and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must have the ability to legally work in the US
  • Must be able to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Intern Benefits and Compensation:

  • $22 per hour, bi-weekly pay
  • $600 monthly housing allowance
  • Health benefits
  • Commuting benefits

To Apply:

  1. Click Login or Sign Up.
  2. Create a profile, complete the basic application, and then select Internship Application when prompted.
  3. Please be sure to upload your cover letter, resume, and two (2) references.
  4. Once your application is complete, you MUST email [email protected] with the position of interest listed in the subject line.
  5. This is the only way for us to know your application has been submitted.

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Position ID: PO-00735345

Expected Dates: June 15, 2023 - December 20, 2023

Rock Creek Trail
, DC 20566

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Reviewed

Student Conservation Association