2022 Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship Candidates

Expected Dates
January 10, 2022 to April 29, 2022
Position ID

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering again with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to administer the Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship. This program is a full time, 16-week, paid internship opportunity which prioritizes mission-critical work in fire and recreation while providing young adults with a high-quality internship experience. We value and seek greater diversity in our programs to enrich and broaden our community and tackle ever-changing and more complex conservation and social issues. We seek a diverse group of candidates and encourage applications from female-identifying or members of other marginalized communities interested in employment with USFS.

The internship will start with a two-week training with basic firefighter training (S-130 & S-190), an arduous 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 with the Federal Government. 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
  • Members may have to provide proof of vaccination

 Program Details:

  • Tentative Dates: 1/10/2022 - 4/29/2022
  • Two week training followed by a 14 week placement in the field
  • Qualified applicants will be able to express interest in their preferred sites
  • Candidates will likely have the opportunity to go on AD status to fight wildfire for a portion of their internship. If that is the case, interns will need to extend their internships end date by the same amount of days.

Past Forest Service Locations Have Included: 
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


  • $500 / week living allowance
  • $500 / month Housing or monthly housing allowance provided
  • $650 Travel allowance paid once
  • 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.
  • Likely potential to extend internship
  • Training and skill-building needed to effectively compete for permanent positions throughout the Region.

Service Site Locations:

  • ​​​​​Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest 
  • Cherokee National Forest
  • Daniel Boone National Forest 
  • Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests   
  • George Washington & Jefferson National Forests
  • Kisatchie National Forest
  • National Forests and Grasslands in Texas
  • National Forests in Mississippi
  • National Forests in North Carolina
  • National Forests in Alabama
  • National Forests in Florida

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