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 Program Internship

Office Location:
Deschutes National Forest Supervisors Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701

Introduction:
The Forest Wildlife program proposes to utilize on Generation Green Intern during the summer of 2018 to assist with more administrative duties. Duties would include assisting with the gathering, organizing, and validation of records, literature searches for various species and activities, data entry, and assisting with the development of social media and other media stories and tweets related to wildlife.

Internship duration: 160 hours

Stipend: $250 per 40 hours. $1,000 stipend total.

Proposal: Working with the Forest Wildlife Biologist, the intern would:

1. Gather, organize, and validate spotted owl and Oregon spotted frog records for the Forest-wide Programmatic Biological Assessment.
2. Assemble Oregon spotted frog records into appropriate site folders.
3. Assist in searching through bat information and organizing said information
4. Organize carnivore survey data
5. Data entry into the NRIS Wildlife database
6. Develop tweets and stories related to various wildlife (Year of the Bird, Endangered Species Day, Pollinator Week, stories on camera monitoring, importance of guzzlers, etc.)
7. Work with district biologists in obtaining necessary records
8. Coordinating with other agency biologists
9. Potential to assist other field crews with field work
10. Participation in the Deschutes NF New Employee Orientation occurring in June 2018 (to include Defensive Driving, First Aid, and CPR training).

Qualifications Needed:

1. Valid driver’s license
2. Ability to work independently when needed
3. Good communication skills
4. Good organization skills
5. Good computer skills
6. Interest in wildlife/natural resource management career.
7. May be required to get fingerprinted for computer access

To apply or learn more about these opportunities, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 and/or send a resume and cover letter to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21csc) Internships

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

21CSC Invasive Plants Public Outreach and Conservation Education on Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests

The Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests and Crooked River National Grassland is seeking an intern to work in the Invasive Plant Program as an Invasive Plant Outreach and Education Liaison. The focus for this position is to work in sharing invasive plant information with Forest Service staff, Forest User groups, and the public across Central Oregon. The intern will work closely with the Invasive Plant program and other Forest Service staff areas such as recreation, special uses, and public affairs and will serve as an invasive plant liaison to them during projects and outreach events. The intern will help educate staff internally and members of the public about invasive plants, methods of prevention, and management strategies. Intern will conduct outreach at public and Forest Service events, work with community partners to develop additional messaging and outreach/education curriculum. Additional work will include assisting invasive staff in the researching of invasive plant language included in special use permits, memorandums of understanding and agreements and how that relates to prevention of invasive plant.

This internship is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship. Age requirement: 16-30 years and veterans up to 35 years of age. Internship duration: 640 hours and then intern will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.
Stipend: $250 per 40 hours.

Skills the intern will have:
• Current driver’s license with good driving record.
• Willingness to obtain government driver’s license and drive government vehicles including 4 X 4 trucks in all types of weather.
• Interest in public affairs and natural resource management
• Excellent communication skills and willingness to learn about invasive plant management.
• Proficient in the use social media, marketing, creation of outreach materials or an willingness to learn
• Interest and comfort in working with varied groups (school age children, volunteer groups, business owners)
• Exceptional work ethic, enthusiasm, and high degree of flexibility.
• Ability to work weekend and evening events

Skills the intern will develop:
• Better understand Forest Service career opportunities and pathways in Invasive Species Management, natural resources, partnerships, special uses and public affairs
• Learn how to identify, map, and treat invasive plant populations. Learn how to use maps or electronic devices to navigate and collect natural resource information.
• Gain knowledge of the U.S. Forest Service and invasive plant management direction
• Obtain a government license to drive a government vehicle. Complete online training and pass an exam.
• Confidence interacting with the public and Forest Service colleagues.
• Protocols and use of a government radio.
• Learn how to compete appropriate documentation reports.

To apply or learn more about any of these opportunities, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 AND/OR send a resume and cover letter to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

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 within the Forest Service 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.

Other Internship Opportunities

We also host internships outside of the Generation Green or 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. In partnership, internship opportunities are available for those who would like to gain experience in their field of interest. Residential internships and partner internships can be found in this section. 

Current Opportunities

6D: Ranger Training Internship at Newberry National Volcanic Monument at Lava Lands Visitor Center
Deschutes National Forest

Opportunity Featured Summary:
Welcoming and orienting Monument visitors, providing in-depth information and interpretation about Monument sites.
Dates: June 1 – September 30, 2018
Number of openings: 1 individual
Opportunity Description:
Commitment: 8 hour shifts with half hour lunch, 4-days per week alternating with 5-days per week. Consecutive days off guaranteed, unless otherwise negotiated. Interns will be required to submit information for background check prior to agency final acceptance. Internship commitment will be secured using a standard agency volunteer agreement.
Compensation and Housing: Uniform, $15 /work day per diem and housing in a furnished 20 ft. camper trailer. Camper will be parked in close proximity to Lava Lands Visitor Center and includes water, sewer, electric and propane. There are no laundry facilities on site but are available in the nearby communities of Sunriver, OR and Bend, OR. No guests or pets allowed in government housing. Interns are expected to maintain a clean household, and will be checked-in and out of housing. Expect routine, scheduled housing checks by supervisor or housing official. Intern must provide their own bedding, towels, electronics, food/drink, and recreational gear.
Personal vehicle required due to location. Cell service can be limited but is available in the Visitor Center area. Internet is available in the Visitor Center area as well. Housing is located near many trails, the Deschutes River, and is convenient to access Highway 97. Visitor Center is within walking distance.
Description: Lava Lands Visitor Center is the information hub of Newberry National Volcanic Monument within the Deschutes National Forest. Is is located 8 miles South of Bend, OR. Lava Butte a 500 foot cinder cone volcano hovers over the visitor center. Lave River Cave, a popular show cave is just 1.5 miles down the road. Visitors can explore many volcanic features on the Monument and also enjoy a variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, biking, horseback riding, boating, fishing and camping.
Job Duties: Uniformed intern position duties include, but are not limited to: welcoming and orienting Monument visitors, providing in-depth information on Monument sites, assisting with trip planning within the Monument. Cash handling and recordkeeping experience recommended. Opportunities for
formal Interpretation include Patio Talks and Guided Walks on the Trail of the Molten Land, and Jr.
Forest Ranger activities. Informal interpretation will be conducted while roving..
Individuals will be assigned special projects according to their skills, interests, and specific school
internship requirements. Lifting, walking, and presentation capabilities required. Willingness to assist
with light maintenance, trail work, compliance tracking and cashiering preferred. Training opportunities
include CPR, First Aid, general staff training and other potential topics depending on interest of
individual.

Special Skills: Must be able to perform required duties with minimal supervision after orientation,
communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and possess a consistently friendly and helpful attitude
while on duty; Forest Service uniform will be provided and worn during working hours; knowledge of
Forest Service history and Deschutes National Forest recreation geography and policies is helpful, but
not required.

Location: Positions provide visitor services based out of Lava Lands Visitor Center, the information hub
of the Monument and Lava River Cave, a popular show cave. The Visitor Center is located at the base of
Lava Butte, a cinder cone volcano that erupted 7,000 years ago creating a 9 square mile lava flow. These
sites comprise the Northern unit of the Monument. At the Southern end of the Monument is Newberry
Caldera, which contains two lakes to fish or boat, a stunning waterfall, miles of trails for hikers and
bikers of any ability and many other volcanic features to explore.
Nearest towns: Sunriver, OR ~5 miles. Bend, OR ~10 miles.

To Apply: Go to www.volunteer.gov and search “Newberry National Volcanic Monument Ranger
Training Internship” and complete the online application.

Primary Contact: Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director 541-383-5530
or Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org. Agency Contact: Scott McBride, semcbride@fs.fed.us, 541-383-
4712. Application Period: Final selections will be decided 2018.

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