Internships

Join the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

Discover Your Forest is committed to providing Career Pathways for high school and college students and recent college graduates. With goals to also reach underserved populations, we hope to provide internship opportunities to ALL students. Through our Generation Green Internship program, Conservation Education Internships, and now 21CSC Internships, Discover Your Forest is sure to have an opportunity that works for you. Contact us today to learn what program is the right fit for you and how to submit your application and resume. 

Generation Green Internships

The Generation Green Internship program is as follows: a) Provide conservation education and exposure to natural resources through mentorship and job shadow opportunities and educational experiences to high school and college students as well as recent graduates in either natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, or engineering; b) participants are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours of service; c) each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution; d) all participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Current Opportunities

Wildlife & Fisheries Internship
The Deschutes National Forest is seeking two interns to help with several wildlife and fisheries projects for the summer, including eagle survey and monitoring, forest habitat assessments for snags and logs, meadow restoration assessments and aquatic invasive species education and prevention. Interns will work a minimum of 200 hours between June and August of 2017. The interns will need to commit to working 2 days per week, between 6 and 10 hours a day.

The stipend for the 200 hours is $1,250.00.

Number of Internships: 2

Skills the intern will have:
• Current driver’s license with good driving record.
• Willingness to obtain a government driver’s license and drive government vehicles including 4 X 4 trucks in all types of conditions. Must be comfortable navigating on Forest Service roads and off-road hiking using maps, GPS, and compass. There will be a lot of driving to various sites on the Forest for this position.
• Willingness to complete other safety training as required (example: first aid, CPR, etc).
• Good communication skills are essential. The intern will need to stay well-coordinated with wildlife staff and adhere to strict check in/check out safety policies. The intern will likely interact with the public regularly while working on public lands.
• Good work ethic, enthusiasm, and high degree of flexibility.
• Commitment of 6 to 10 hour work days, approximately two days a week.
• Comfort working in remote settings, on difficult terrain and in adverse weather. May require walking up to 5 miles on some days. Sturdy, protective hiking boots that cover the ankles are required as are appropriate clothing and protection for working in varied weather conditions.

Skills the intern will develop:
• Ability to identify and document important habitat characteristics.
• Experience communicating with the public on environmental issues.
• Map reading and navigation skills.
• Use of GPS and mapping technology.
• Better understanding of natural resource management and current environmental issues.
• Organization and time management.
• Safety training (occurring both online or in classroom setting).

Products/tasks expected but not limited to:
• Navigate to sites on Forest Roads driving Forest Service vehicles and hike off-roads to determine suitability of wildlife habitat.
• Collect habitat and species data, including basic observations and location information.
• Assist in data compilation, organization, interpretation and display.
• Prepare a brief written end-of-season report and give a brief presentation to wildlife staff.

To learn more about this internship please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

To apply for this internship, send Resume and Cover Letter to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21csc)

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a bold national effort to put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. 21CSC participants perform a wide range of services ranging from maintenance and restoring the thousands of miles of trails to coordinating volunteers and special events on National Forests and Grasslands.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps is an opportunity for an individual(s) between the ages of 16 and 30 years old (inclusive), and veterans up to 35, engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service, each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution. Working toward 640 hours of conservation or related service, of which at least 120 hours take place on an appropriate Forest Service project. Upon completion of the program, candidates have a 2-Year window of eligibility for non-competitive hiring status. Noncompetitive hiring status means the ability to apply and be considered for vacancies without competitive examination or competing with career or career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures for any position which eligible. Candidates applying under this authority are considered with other non-competitive candidates.

Current Opportunities

Check back soon for new 21CSC Internships.

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