Developed Recreation Intern – Kawishiwi Ranger District (PO-00734927)

Recreation team members will spend the summer working and learning within the Recreation program of the Superior National Forest, performing maintenance tasks at developed and dispersed recreation sites. Maintaining and restoring sites that visitors use for recreational purposes helps to prevent resource damage and minimize impact on the land. Facilities maintenance is a necessary way to minimize sanitation impacts throughout the forest. Members will educate visitors on Leave No Trace principles that will reduce negative impacts on the Superior National Forest. Opportunities to participate and develop interpretive programs will be part of this position.  

Assigned duties will include the following:

  • Primary duty is in developed campgrounds – campground facilities maintenance (checking for reservations, posting sites, cleaning outhouses, collecting garbage, maintaining campsites, and picnic areas)
  • Maintaining trailheads, wilderness sites and dispersed recreation sites
  • Visitor education and interpretation in front country and backcountry settings
  • Collecting data

Training Opportunities:

  • First Aid/ CPR
  • Chainsaw Training
  • ATV/ UTV Training

Compensation details:

  • $300/week* Living Allowance
  • $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Housing provided on site
  • Eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718.25, received upon successful completion of the position
  • Hours served can be applied toward the Public Land Corp (PLC) hiring authority 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

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Position ID: PO-00734927

Expected Dates: May 15, 2023 - August 6, 2023

1393 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731

Training Provided: First Aid CPR Chainsaw Training

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The Superior National Forest is located in the northeast tip of Minnesota and is sandwiched between Lake Superior and the Canadian border. One third of its three million acres contains the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW).

Main Area of Focus: Recreation Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Participants will greatly enhance their experience if they have a personal vehicle. Grocery options and some dining options are available within walking distance of each location but participants who have their own vehicle can experience more recreation

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

The Ely/ Kawishiwi Ranger District housing is a modern bunkhouse that has single or two person rooms, a communal kitchen shared by approximately 10 people and 2-3 shared bathrooms in the bunkhouse

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association