2021 Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship Candidates

Expected Dates
January 11, 2021 to May 2, 2021
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. Check out this quick 5 minute video about the program for an in-depth look and to hear from alumni.

  • 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:

  • Tentative Dates: 1/11/2021 - 5/2/2021
  • Two week training followed by a 14 week placement in the field
  • Qualified applicants will be able to express interest in their preferred sites

2021 Forest Service Locations Will Include: 
National Forests in Alabama, Chattahoochee National Forest, Cherokee National Forest, National Forests in North Carolina, George Washington & Jefferson National Forest, Daniel Boone National Forest, Kisatchie National Forest, Ouachita National Forest, National Forests & Grasslands in Texas.


  • 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 monthly 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 9th will be given priority. 


    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
    some experience
    Hand Tools
    competent with supervision
    Leadership Experience
    competent without supervision
    Trail Maintenance
    some experience