2023 Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship Candidates

Expected Dates
January 9, 2023 to April 30, 2023
Position ID
PO-00734235

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.


Beginning on 1/18/22, all SCA volunteer program participants are required to be fully vaccinated for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine. Full vaccination is defined as having received a booster shot six months after the Pfizer and Moderna primary series and two months after the Johnson & Johnson primary series.
 
Eligibility:

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

 Program Details:

  • Tentative Dates: 1/19/2023 - 4/29/2023
  • 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 have the opportunity to go on AD status to fight wildfire for a portion of their internship and be paid by the USFS. 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.


Duties:

  • 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

  Benefits:

  • $600 / week living allowance
  • $500 / month Housing or monthly housing allowance provided
  • $1,100 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:
TBD


 

    • 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.
Main Area of Focus
Backcountry/Trail work
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Biology
some coursework or experience
Forestry
some coursework or experience
Ecology & Restoration
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Construction
some experience
Hand Tools
competent with supervision
Leadership Experience
competent without supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience