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. 

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

Discover Your Forest (DYF) & Children’s Forest of Central Oregon (CFCO)
Communications Internship

Overall Tasks
• Assist in writing press releases
• Assist in developing social media content (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube etc.)
• Garner users to follow/like Discover Your Forest and Children’s Forest of Central Oregon
• Create short marketing video of Children’s Forest overview to raise public awareness/understanding
• Lead integration of Discover Your Forest donor records into Salesforce database
• Create marketing plan for Discover Your Forest sticker sales campaign

Reports to Executive Director, Children’s Forest of Central Oregon & Executive Director, Discover Your Forest.

Regular commitments/meetings:
• 20 hours per week for 12 weeks
• Monthly DYF staff meeting, CFCO Marketing Committee Meetings and Quarterly CFCO Board Meeting. Other meetings and events as needed

Qualified candidates will be/have:
• A commitment to the mission of Children’s Forest of Central Oregon and Discover Your Forest
• Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented with strong written, verbal & organizational skills
• Excellent computer skills with experience in social media & Microsoft Office
• The ability to work independently and with others
• Dependability, flexibility and the ability to work well under pressure and meet
• deadlines
• Proficiency in videography & video editing software
• Openness to learning and growing within the internship experience

Ideal candidate is a current undergraduate (junior or senior) or recent graduate in public relations, marketing, communications, digital communication for business development. Ideal candidates will be detail oriented, organized and creative and possess a professional work ethic and be enthusiastic to gain new knowledge. This is intended to describe the general nature and level of work, and this is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Interns may be required to perform duties outside their normal responsibilities.

Location & Hours
63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend OR, 97760. Specific days and number of hours are flexible and can be negotiated based on class load or work schedule. Some time will be spent in the field and at outreach events.

Start & End Dates
Available starting June 1, 2017 with a minimum commitment of 12 weeks preferred.

Student Benefits
This internship will allow the student to bring their classroom knowledge into a professional work setting and broaden their knowledge through hands-on application in a nonprofit environment.
• $2000 Stipend based on completion of 320 service hours
• Hands-on experience to build portfolio and professional contacts
• Reimbursement for mileage and expenses

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.

Newberry National Volcanic Monument Ranger Training Residential Internship – PVC

Opportunity Featured Summary:
Paulina Visitor Center (Historic Guard Station) is located on the shore of Paulina Lake within Newberry Caldera. Uniformed intern position duties include, but are not limited to: welcoming and orienting Monument visitors, providing in-depth information on Monument sites, etc.
Opportunity Description:
State and Forest: Oregon, Deschutes National Forest: Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Dates: June 1 – September 30, 2017
Number of openings: 1 Individual

Commitment:
8 hour shifts, 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 furnished shared lodging provided for interns. No guests or pets allowed in gov’t housing. Housing may be co-gendered and pets are not allowed. Rooms may be shared with another intern of the same gender. 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 remoteness of location. Free laundry provided on assigned day and daily after 6 pm located in outbuilding within walking distance of house. Land line available for private incoming calls and local outgoing calls, phone card needed for long distance. Limited internet and cell phone service. Trails, lake, waterfall, campgrounds, and private lodge within walking distance.

Description:
Paulina Visitor Center (Historic Guard Station) is located on the shore of Paulina Lake within Newberry Caldera. It was originally built in 1942, and has been in regular use for many decades. The Paulina Guard Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was leased to a private vendor for many years. Since 2009, Paulina Guard Station has served as a Visitor Center and bookstore for Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Monument managers wish to highlight the Guard Station history, rich human history surrounding the caldera, and have professional-caliber information/interpretation specialists for the site’s thousands of annual visitors.

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, cashiering at the Paulina Visitor Center bookstore and limited selling of passes at the Newberry Welcome Station. Cash handling and recordkeeping experience required. Opportunities for formal Interpretation include guiding tours of the Big Obsidian Flow, day and evening ranger talks, Jr. Forest Ranger activities, and roving interpretation.

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, and compliance tracking preferred. Training opportunities include CPR, First Aid, Certified Interpretive Ranger course, and general staff training.
Special Skills: Must be able to perform required duties with minimal supervision after orientation, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and present a consistently friendly and helpful attitude; 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 out of the Paulina Visitor Center in Newberry Caldera, a remote location about 42 miles south of Bend, Oregon. Nearest town is La Pine, Oregon which is about 20 miles west. Newberry Caldera is the depression left by the collapsed summit of Newberry Volcano. The caldera has a wide variety of natural features; two spring fed lakes, obsidian flows, pumice flats, dynamic peaks and cascading waterfalls. In summer hiking, biking and horse trails are typically free of snow by late June or early July. Recreationalists abound gather to camp, hike, fish, boat, bike, ride horses, and sky-gaze over Paulina and East Lakes within Newberry Caldera. Newberry caldera has 1 main paved access road, 1 Visitor Center, 2 Resorts, and 6 public campgrounds.

Nearest towns:
La Pine: ~18 miles/20-25 minutes; Sunriver: ~28miles/30-35 minutes; Bend: ~45 miles/40-50 minutes

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.

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

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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

21CSC Wilderness 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.

Number of Internships: 1 Individual

Start Date: May 30th

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. Complete online training and pass an exam.
• Confidence interacting with the public.
• Protocols and use of a government radio.
• Learn how to complete documentation procedures of public interaction.
• Learn how to compete appropriate documentation reports.
• Map reading skills and ability to navigate with a compass.

Wilderness Visitor Services Skills that Intern will Develop:
• How to communicate to the public as a representative of the US Forest Service
• Answer visitor services questions about Wilderness activities
• 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 Volunteer and Event Coordinator 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.

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