Engineering Trainee RA - ONSITE - Salmon-Challis NF, Supervisor's Office, Engineering, Special Projects

Environment for the Americas

Salmon, Idaho

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details 650 Per Week
Deadline Apr 26, 2024
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Start/End Dates: July 2024 - March, 2025

Compensation: $650 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical Insurance provided upon request

Application Due: Apr 26, 2024

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.
You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

  • a college graduate.

* A personal vehicle is required for this position. 

Position Description: 

The Engineering Training Resource Assistant is a temporary position and located within Salmon Challis National Forest to support the National Forest Service Engineering Program. This role encompasses specific disciplines such as General Engineering, Civil Engineering, Engineering Technical, Survey Technical, Hydrology technical, and other related disciplines within the GS-0800 Group. This position is designed to provide a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service Engineering Program. Assignments are temporary in nature and, in conjunction with formal education from an accredited educational institution, the RA will gain the necessary competencies for future career opportunities in the field of Engineering. 


  • Assisting in projects such as road and bridge design/construction, as well as conducting inventories of facilities, road bridges, and trail bridges 
  • Training is provided in the principles, concepts, work processes, and regulations of one or more functional areas of Engineering. 
  • Work assignments are typically well-defined and designed to provide experience in a variety of activities. 
  • Receives assignments in various Engineering projects to develop an understanding of program concepts and operations, comprehend the total mission, organizational/functional interrelationships, and gain work experience through temporary assignments in the Engineering field.
  • Receives formal and on-the-job training in OPM, Department of Agriculture and Forest Service policies, rules, regulations, and procedures. 
  • Instructed on the use of personal computers, file and data management, and provide Engineering Support by assisting with drawings (learning AutoCAD), conducting fieldwork such as taking photos/notes and assisting with surveying, and performing data entry tasks.


Major studies relevant to this position include:  Civil Engineering, Geology, Hydrology

  • Ability to take direction well and adapt to frequent changes in project priorities
  • Knowledge of CAD, C3D, and GIS
  • Knowledge of basic engineering principles
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn and take initiative
  • Experience or willingness to learn engineering software
  • No professional experience required
  • Physical requirements include ability to work in remote forest locations (hike/walk on rough terrain), operate government vehicles, and engage in minor lifting such as transportation of surveying equipment to and from project sites
  • Ability to multitask, work independently, and communicate effectively

Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

All RAP interns receive Direct Hire Authority (DHA) at the successful conclusion of their internship. DHA status enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans' preference, and "rule of three" procedures. For more information, please click HERE

EEO Statement

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


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