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

Check back as we update this page once an internship is available.

To learn more about a career in the outdoors, 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

Check back as we update this page once an internship is available.

To learn more about a career in the outdoors, 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.

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