Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship

Expected Dates
June 3, 2018 to September 22, 2018
National Forests in North Carolina
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 new pilot 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. 

Location:  Grandfather District


  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • 18-30 years of age
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree and minimum 2.0 GPA.  Please attach transcripts (unofficial are fine) to demonstrate this.
  • Background in natural resource management or biological sciences.
  • Physically fit - able to pass the Work Capacity Test (complete a 3 mile hike while carrying a 45 lb pack in 45 minutes)
  • Able to provide their own transportation to & from duty station
  • Interested in working outside
  • Positive attitude

 Program details:

  • Internships take place in Forest Service field stations in the south eastern U.S.
  • Two week training and 14 weeks in the field


  • 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 provided
  • Bi-weekly living allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • Hands on experience
  • 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 USFS.
    Main Area of Focus
    Natural Resources Mgmt
    Education, Training & Skills Expected
    some coursework or experience
    some coursework or experience
    Ecology & Restoration
    some coursework or experience
    Resource Management
    some coursework or experience