Front Line Staff/ Administration Intern – Tofte & Gunflint Ranger Districts (PO-00734730)

Front Line team members will spend the summer working and learning within the administration program of the Superior National Forest.  This work includes performing various tasks associated with public service and staffing at a visitor center. These positions assist with issuing a variety of permits including Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) visitor permits, gravel permits, and special use permit applications. 

Interns will also assist in providing visitor education to Forest users including Wilderness Leave No Trace programs, to help to prevent resource damage and minimize impact on the land. Additional duties include answering phones, responding to emails, and assisting a variety of District personnel with administrative functions. This position is a great introduction to work in the Forest Service as front line team members provide a direct conduit between Forest users and District Staff.

This position will be primarily working out of the Gunflint Ranger District in Grand Marais. Some work may occur at the Tofte Ranger District in Tofte. 

Position Duties include:

  • Issuing BWCAW Permits 
  • Providing Leave-No-Trace education based upon an existing curriculum
  • Answering phones and emails
  • Supporting district functional areas with administrative duties (printing, copying, filing)
  • Selling maps and gift store merchandise
  • Providing information related to various permits (special use, gravel, firewood, etc)

Training Opportunities:

  • First Aid/CPR
  • Leave No Trace Training

Compensation details:

  • $300/week* Living Allowance
  • $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Housing provided on site
  • Hours served can be applied toward the Public Land Corp (PLC) hiring authority 

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

Please note, this position is NOT eligible for an AmeriCorps Education Award.

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Position ID: PO-00734730

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

2020 W. Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604

Training Provided: 1. permit issuances 2. Leave No Trace education 3. Administrative support and collections

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).

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Visitor Services and Site Operations

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

The member could survive without a car in any of these locations, but they would have a better experience if they had a car to explore areas of northern Minnesota that are outside of these three communities

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

Bunkhouse accommodations each individual will have a single or double room in the bunkhouse.  Shared restrooms and kitchen space. Restrooms are shared but designed for one person at a time and have locks.  Single gender bunkhouses maybe available.   The Grand Marais bunkhouse was constructed in 2007 and provides single or double occupancy rooms, with a shared kitchen, and multiple shared bathrooms.

Indoor/Outdoor: Inside

US Citizenship: Yes

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