US Forest Service National Visitor Use Monitoring Interns - Hiawatha National Forest

Expected Dates
January 31, 2022 to October 28, 2022
Hiawatha National Forest
Position ID
Perform U.S. Forest Service National Visitor Use Monitoring, collecting visitor survey data at Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan!

The National Visitor Use Monitoring program surveys over 100,000 visitors to National Forest System lands every five years, with 20% of the national forests conducting surveys each year. This nationwide visitor use survey provides statistically sound estimates of visitation to each national forest and to each site type. The surveys also provides information about who these visitors are demographically, why they come to the national forests, how satisfied they are with the facilities and services provided, and how much money they spend on their visit.

The interns will assist with social science research and data collection in the Forest. Members will engage in multiple steps in the social science research process. Data topics include estimates of the volume of recreation visitation to National Forest, descriptive information about that visitation, including activity participation, demographics, visit duration, measures of satisfaction, and trip spending connected to the visit. Results of the study will be used to help the U.S. Forest Service develop recreation and natural areas management plans and programs.

This position provides:
- $225 weekly Living Allowance*
- $1100 one-time round-trip Travel Allowance*
- Health Insurance
- Housing provided
- SCA Driver Training
- USFS NVUM Data Collection Training

The AmeriCorps Education Award available upon successful completion of this position is $6,345.00. 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.

It is SCA’s policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position’s start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position’s start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

Conditions of Employment
Required to demonstrate full vaccination status for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized or FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine;


Receive from SCA a reasonable accommodation granting an exemption from vaccine requirements based on a medical disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief. Additional information and instructions regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation will be provided at the time of selection.

  • NUVM data collection training
    SCA driver training
Main Area of Focus
Visitor Services and Site Operations
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Hand Tools
some experience
Leadership Experience
some experience
Community Engagement
competent without supervision
Public Speaking
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience