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

Generation Green National Visitor Use Monitoring Program Internship
The Deschutes National Forest is seeking four interns to work with the National Visitor Use Monitoring program. This intern position will assist with collecting recreation use information from visitors as they are leaving developed recreation sites, wilderness areas, the general forest area, or as they view scenery along forest highways. Data collection will primarily be done through roadside and trailhead interviews at randomly selected sample sites on specific dates. This position involves a great deal of travel as the interview sites are located throughout the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests. Information gathered in the interviews will be used to support future planning efforts at a local, regional and national scale. The National Visitor Use Monitoring program will run from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

This is a double Generation Green Internship, meaning interns will complete 320 hours of service and receive a total of $2,000 as stipend.

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 320 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. D) All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.
Stipend: $250 per 40 hours.

Application Window Closes: Wednesday, Feb. 28th
Interviews: March 1st– March 9th
Selections: Made by March 12th
Position A (days per month vary – 36 days total [not including training days])
Training will be held: Thursday, May 17th & Friday, May 18th
Start Date: Saturday, May 19th
Duration: Thursday, May 17th – Wednesday, September 12th
Position B, C, D (12 days/month – 36 days total [not including training days])
Training will be held: Thursday May, 31st & Friday, June 1st
Start Date: June 2nd
Duration: June through August

Skills the intern will have:
• Ability to initiate conversations with visitors to gain permission to administer a survey
• Excellent communication skills and ability to easily talk to a large number of people on a regular basis
• Exceptional work ethic, enthusiasm, and high degree of flexibility
• Comfortable in remote settings with little to no cell phone reception
• Commitment to work nine hour days, including weekends and holidays
• Ability to travel to Bend for work on the Deschutes National Forest and Prineville for work on the Ochoco National Forest

Skills the intern will develop:
• Administer National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys to forest visitors
• Confidence interacting with the public and answering questions as a positive representative of the U.S. Forest Service
• Learn how to complete appropriate documentation reports
• Acquire map reading, GPS and mobile mapping application skills
• Gain general knowledge about the local forests, as well as, the Forest Service as a whole
• Ability to perform duties in a position with high visitor contact rates
• Understanding of the Forest Service’s recreation department and how it operates within the context of the agency
• Exposure to other areas of interest within the Forest Service

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 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

21st Century Conservation Service Corps Wilderness Educator Internship
The Deschutes National Forest is seeking four interns to work in the Wilderness Program as educators both at Wilderness trailheads and in Wilderness areas. The interns will work in high use areas and interact with the public to inform them of trail conditions, Wilderness regulations, Leave No Trace practices, Wilderness Stewardship, and provide information on local topics. Housing may be available.

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. There is an opportunity for Intern to receive an Americorps Education Grant after completing 450 of the 640 internship hours.

Stipend: $250 per 40 hours.

Application Window Closes: Fri, Feb 23rd
Interviews: March 5th – March 9th
Selections: Made by March 12th
Training will be held: To be determined
Start Date: June 4th

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 and at night.
• Excellent communication skills and ability to easily talk to a large numbers of people every day.
• Exceptional work ethic, enthusiasm, and high degree of flexibility.
• Commitment to work 4-ten hour days, with weekend work required.
• Ability to walk several miles a day for day trips into Wilderness areas.
Skills the intern will develop:
• Gain knowledge of the 1964 Wilderness Act, Wilderness Ethics, Leave No Trace practices, and the U.S. Forest Service.
• Obtain a government license to drive a government vehicle.
• Confidence interacting with the public and answering questions as a representative of the US Forest Service.
• Learn how to compete appropriate documentation reports.
• Map reading skills and ability to navigate with a compass.
• Interpret the area to both highlight natural features as well as educate about LNT ethics and wilderness stewardship.
• Learn to “read your audience” – to answer questions in a method that they will understand.

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 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.

21CSC National Visitor Use Monitoring Program Internship
National Visitor Use Monitoring Internship

The Deschutes National Forest is seeking one intern to work with the National Visitor Use Monitoring program. This intern position will assist with collecting recreation use information from visitors as they are leaving developed recreation sites, wilderness areas, the general forest area, or as they view scenery along forest highways. Data collection will primarily be done through roadside and trailhead interviews at randomly selected sample sites on specific dates. This position involves a great deal of travel as the interview sites are located throughout the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests. Information gathered in the interviews will be used to support future planning efforts at a local, regional and national scale. The National Visitor Use Monitoring program will run from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.

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. $4,000 stipend total.

Application Window Closes: Wednesday, Feb. 28th
Interviews: March 1st– March 9th
Selections: Made by March 12th
Training will be held: Thursday May, 31st & Friday, June 1st
Start Date: June 2nd
Duration: June through September

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 and at night
• Ability to initiate conversations with visitors to gain permission to administer a survey
• Excellent communication skills and ability to easily talk to a large number of people on a regular basis
• Exceptional work ethic, enthusiasm, and high degree of flexibility
• Comfortable in remote settings with little to no cell phone reception
• Commitment to work 4-nine hour days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday), including holidays
• Ability to travel to Bend for work on the Deschutes National Forest and Prineville for work on the Ochoco National Forest

Skills the intern will develop:
• Gain knowledge of the mission and history of the U.S. Forest Service
• Obtain a government license to drive a government vehicle
• Administer National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys to forest visitors
• Confidence interacting with the public and answering questions as a positive representative of the U.S. Forest Service
• Learn how to complete appropriate documentation reports
• Map reading, GPS and mobile mapping application skills
• Gain general knowledge about the local forests, as well as, the Forest Service as a whole
• Ability to perform duties in a position with high visitor contact rates
• Understanding of the Forest Service’s recreation department and how it operates within the context of the agency
• Exposure to other areas of interest within the Forest Service

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 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

Conservation Education Internship

Summary: The Discover Your Forest Conservation Education intern will play an essential and active role in assisting Discover Your Forest and the US Forest Service with several interpretive and educational programs. The intern will work with the Discover Your Forest educator and the US Forest Service staff. This position is open to high school and college students.

Overall Tasks:
• Assist with the delivery of educational programs to schools, camps, families and other audiences in the field at various visitor sites within the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests
• Provide support with event planning and fundraising
• Work on curriculum development
• Collaborate with partners/volunteers and provide teacher support
• Assist with marketing programs and promotional materials

Reports to:
Director of Education and Volunteer Programs, Discover Your Forest

Qualified candidate will be/have:
• A commitment to the mission of Discover Your Forest and the US Forest Service
• Self-motivated, detail-orientated with strong written, verbal and organizational skills
• The ability to work independently and with others
• Openness to learning and growing with the internship experience
• Dependable and flexible

Duration:
Intern will be required to complete 150 hours over 8-10 weeks. The hours are flexible, but will require weekends and evening events.

Student benefits:
This internship will allow students to bring their classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and expand their knowledge through hands on application in a nonprofit and government agency environment.
• $1,000 stipend based on completion of 150 service hours
• Reimbursement for mileage and expenses
• Option to gain credit through high school or university
• Hands-on experience to build resume and professional contacts

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please email resume and cover letter to Stacey Cochran at stacey.cochran@discovernw.org or call 541-383-5530.

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