US Forest Service Recreation and Trails Resource Assistant


Springerville, California

Job Type Paid Internship
Salary Details $500/week + $1000/month housing stipend
Deadline Dec 25, 2020
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

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MobilizeGreen is a national nonprofit committed to jumpstarting green careers for diverse youth and recent graduates, while advancing environmental equity in communities across the country. 

In partnership with the USDA Forest Service, MobilizeGreen offers internship opportunities for college students (graduating before April 12, 2021), graduate students, and recent graduates. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) provides flexible internship placements based in National Forests across the US for those interested in Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the mentorship and coaching of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. The RAP was designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers. 

Each MobilizeGreen Resource Assistant starts their journey with a weeklong orientation, where they will meet other RAs and Forest Service staff from across the country and engage in skill building and career development activities. Once an RA arrives at their host site, they are supervised and mentored by a variety of Forest Service staff, engaging with experts from business, conservation, and science backgrounds, and learning more about careers as they work on vital projects within the Forest Service. Upon completion of the program, RAs receive a 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service, keeping the door open for exciting career opportunities with their host site, or with any of the 154 national forests across the country. MobilizeGreen will enhance your career opportunities, introduce you to key leaders in the natural resource field, and engage you on your career journey to a job with the Forest Service.

  • Host Site: Sequoia National Forest
  • Duty Station: Springville, CA 93265
  • Term: 26 weeks starting April 12, 2021. Full-Time (40 hours per week).


  • $500 per week living allowance (stipend)
  • $1000 per month housing stipend
  • 2-year Direct Hire Authority certificate with the Forest Service (with successful completion and 960 hours)
  • Health insurance (if requested)
  • Relocation support and travel allowance
  • Hands on learning and job training experience
  • Mentorship for career and professional development

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans, coordinates, and leads motorized and non-motorized trail projects. Assigns tasks and provides daily leadership to a small crew. 
  • Trains crew in wilderness and non-wilderness trail construction, maintenance and revegetation techniques. Helps recruit, train, and lead volunteers.  
  • Promotes safety as an essential component of all work tasks. 
  • Helps manage parts of the work center allocated to the unit. 
  • Responsible for the care, operation, and maintenance of tools, equipment, and supplies.   Crosscut and chainsaw bucking.  
  • Trail construction and maintenance.  
  • Motivate and lead small crews.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation, Natural Resources, or a related field.
  • Valid driver’s license (driving record will be reviewed prior to placement).
  • Experience working outdoors as part of a team.
  • Leadership experience.
  • Experience with trail construction and maintenance.
  • Experience using mechanical equipment.

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MobilizeGreen is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization committed to diversity. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.


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