2019 Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship Candidates

Expected Dates
January 6, 2019 to April 27, 2019
Position ID

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to administer the Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship.  This program will include two week long training which will include basic firefighter training, a work capacity test, and basic trail management and maintenance.  After the training, interns will spend approximately 14 weeks on districts implementing what they learned in the field. Upon completion of their 640-hour internship, interns will have the opportunity to earn the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority giving them eligibility to apply to merit vacancy announcements for two years. 

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 18-30 years of age
  • Completion of Associates degree
  • Background in natural resource management or biological sciences.
  • Physically fit
  • Interested in working outside
  • Positive attitude
  • 2.0 or high GPA

 Program details:

  • Dates 1/6/2019 - 4/27/2019
  • Two week training at Chattahoochee NF and 14 weeks in the field
  • Locations include Daniel Boone National Forest(3 interns), George Washington & Jefferson National Forests(3 interns), National Forests in North Carolina(3 interns), Cherokee National Forest(2 interns), Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests(1 intern), Ozark St. Francis National Forest(2 interns), Chattahoochee National Forest (1 intern)
  • Qualified applicants will be able to express interest in their preferred sites


  • Under close supervision, receive on-the-job training in fire suppression and prevention
  • Assist with fuel management fire suppression such as fireline construction and backfiring
  • Move dirt, chop brush, or fell small trees to build fireline using hand tools
  • Patrol fireline to location and extinguish sparks, flare-ups and hot spot fire
  • Perform other resource management activities as assigned


  • Housing or housing allowance provided
  • $500 weekly living allowance
  • $650 Travel allowance
  • Red card certification(Wildland Fire)
  • If internship is completed, interns will earn the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority giving them eligibility to apply to merit vacancy announcements for two years.
  • Potential to extend internship
  • Training and skill-building needed to effectively compete for permanent positions throughout the Region.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis but those submitted by October 15th will be given priority. 

Tag: SCA1957

    Main Area of Focus
    Backcountry/Trail work
    Education, Training & Skills Expected
    some coursework or experience
    some coursework or experience
    Ecology & Restoration
    some coursework or experience
    Resource Management
    some coursework or experience
    Hand Tools
    some experience
    Trail Maintenance
    some experience