Workforce Training Programs

Join the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

Discover Your Forest is committed to providing career pathways education for young adults through various career exploration workshops, programs and workforce education opportunities. It’s our goal to reach all students in Central Oregon and are committed to breaking down barriers to learning. Through partnerships and on-the-job training with the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and Crooked River National Grasslands, 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 resume and cover letter!

Generation Green Job Training

The Generation Green 160-hour job training 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 minimum wage 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) Job Training Program

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), engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service. Some of the programs under this 21CSC opportunity are residential opportunities, AmeriCorps partnership positions, and non-residential positions. Depending on the specific opportunity type, participants can be paid either minimum wage, living expense reimbursement with free housing, an expense reimbursement stipend with an additional Siegel Education Award* (*not for every opportunity). 

The 21CSCS opportunities are a minimum 640 hours, with some of them minimum 675 hours, working in a conservation or related area of 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

Generation Green AmeriCorps Cave and Bat Program Position Description
Deschutes National Forest, Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District

Position Overview:
The wildlife program at Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District proposes to utilize three Generation Green AmeriCorps service positions for the summer of 2019 to assist with white-nose syndrome (WNS) risk reduction efforts at developed recreational cave sites, backcountry cave management, bat monitoring and habitat use documentation and education/community outreach efforts. Generation Green AmeriCorps members will not directly handle bats. Service will be completed alongside experienced wildlife staff and will include exposure to a variety of ongoing wildlife project work. This service is anticipated to accomplish improved management of over 30 priority cave sites, affecting over 1500 acres of bat habitat.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our team as we endeavor to best serve those on our national forests and grasslands from every background. Discover Your Forest values diversity and inclusion. By welcoming differences and providing professional enrichment opportunities we are better able to serve those around us.
Duration: 675 Hours total, 25-30 hours per week
Salary: $4000 total stipend. $200 per week paid biweekly
Scholarship: $2,321 Segal Education Award
Job Type: Temporary Service Position
Department: Wildlife Biology
Recruitment: Final selections to be made by mid-April 2019

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship program is as follows:
• Age requirement: 18-30
• Term of Service: 675 hours and then the AmeriCorps member will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.
– 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.
• 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.
• All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Specific duties include but not limited to:
• Screening visitors and maintaining decontamination infrastructure at Lava River Cave (LRC)
• Assisting with cave inventory
• Human use monitoring and mitigation
• Bat survey work (acoustic recording and emergence counts)

Qualified candidate will be/have:
• Ability to spend long days in the field under varying weather conditions
• Ability to hike over rough, uneven terrain
• Use a map, compass and GPS device
• Good communication and organization skills
• Ability to work in small teams, show initiative and use creative problem solving skills
• Interest in a wildlife/natural resource management career
• Must be a US Citizen and pass a background check
• Valid driver’s license (preferred but not required)

What is the education value to the member? or Skills the member will develop:
• The term of service will allow the student to put into practice his/her academic knowledge.
• Enhance employment opportunities in Natural Resources field
• Gain a broad perspective of bat and cave management and sustainability through exposure to a variety of duties.
• Discover strengths and weaknesses.
• Opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals: formal and non-formal educators, scientists, U.S. Forest Service specialists as well as other natural resource agencies.
• Gain valuable hands-on experience on projects in an outdoor setting
• Acquire a realistic career orientation.

Working Conditions:
Schedule will likely include weekend shifts and some evening work hours. Most assigned tasks will occur above ground – cave entry will only occur following strict safety protocols.

Orientation & Onboarding:
We may conduct reference checks as part of our recruitment process. We will conduct a three part criminal background checks on final candidate as required for the position. AmeriCorps online registrations will need to be completed by final candidates.

Questions and How to Apply:
• For more information contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest’s Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or stacey.cochran@discovernw.org
• To apply: Email Cover Letter and Resume to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org. The cover letter should address your experience in (area of your internship) or interest in (area of your internship)

Generation Green AmeriCorps Wilderness Position Description
Deschutes National Forest
Position Overview:
The Wilderness Program on the Deschutes National Forest is seeking four Generation Green AmeriCorps Members for the summer of 2019. These positions will conduct a variety of Wilderness service with other corps members, Forest Service employees and volunteers. Duties will be restoring illegal and inappropriate campsites and trails to improve habitat, specifically around riparian areas; cleaning up campsites and day use areas to mitigate recreation impacts to wilderness resources; monitoring and documenting use patters; clearing and maintaining wilderness trails to minimize recreation impacts; and providing education at both trailheads and backcountry to wilderness users on trail and local conditions, Wilderness regulations and ethics, Leave No Trace practices, and Wilderness Stewardship. These projects will be conducted both on day trips and multi-day camping trips in the Wilderness.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our team as we endeavor to best serve those on our national forests and grasslands from every background. Discover Your Forest values diversity and inclusion. By welcoming differences and providing professional enrichment opportunities we are better able to serve those around us.
Duration: 675 Hours Total
Salary: $4000 total stipend. $200 per week paid biweekly
Scholarship: $2,321 Segal Education Award
Job Type: Temporary Service Position
Department: Wilderness
Recruitment: Final selections to be made by end of April 2019.

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Program is as follows:
• Age requirement: 18-30
• Term of Service: 675 hours and then AmeriCorps member will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.
– 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.
• 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.
• All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Specific Duties include but not limited to:
• Restoring illegal and inappropriate campsites and trails to improve habitat, specifically around riparian areas
• Cleaning up campsites and day use areas to mitigate recreation impacts to wilderness resources
• Monitoring and documenting use patters
• Clearing and maintaining wilderness trails to minimize recreation impacts
• Providing education at both trailheads and backcountry to wilderness users on trail and local conditions, Wilderness regulations and ethics, Leave No Trace practices, and Wilderness Stewardship.

Qualified candidate will be/have:
• Must be a US Citizen and pass a background check
• Current driver’s license with good driving record
• 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, Thursday-Sunday, with weekend work required
• Ability to spend long days in the field under varying weather conditions
• Ability to hike over rough, uneven terrain

What is the education value to the applicant?
• The term of service will allow the student to put into practice his/her academic knowledge.
• Enhance employment opportunities in the Natural Resources field
• Gain a broad perspective of wilderness management and sustainability through exposure to a variety of duties.
• Discover strengths and weaknesses.
• Opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals: formal and non-formal educators, scientists, U.S. Forest Service specialists as well as other natural resource agencies.
• Gain valuable hands-on experience on projects in an outdoor setting
• Acquire a realistic career orientation.

Working Conditions:
Schedule will include both day trips and multi-day camping trips in the Wilderness.

Onboarding & Orientation:
We may conduct reference checks as part of our recruitment process. We will conduct three part criminal history background check on final candidate as required for the position. AmeriCorps online registrations will need to be completed by final candidates.

Questions and How to Apply:
• For more information contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest’s Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or stacey.cochran@discovernw.org
• To apply: Email Cover Letter and Resume to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org. The cover letter should address your experience in wilderness programs or interest in Natural Resources.

Visitor Information and Experience Internship Job Description
Deschutes National Forest

Internship Overview:
The Visitor Information and Experience Intern position provides an opportunity to develop relevant skills in web content design, creation and editing while supporting the visitor experience and information goals of the Deschutes National Forest (DNF), Discover Your Forest (DYF) and the Deschutes Trails Coalition (DTC). Projects will include content development for the Deschutes National Forest Website, development of visitor focused trails classifications and supporting the launch and beta testing process for the Central Oregon Forest Explorer App.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve those on our national forests and grasslands from every background. Discover Your Forest values diversity and inclusion. By welcoming differences and providing professional enrichment opportunities we are better able to serve those around us.

Duration: 640 hours
Salary: $10.75 hourly
Job Type: Temporary Internship
Department: Public Affairs
Recruitment: will remain open until filled

This internship is part of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, 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.

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship program is as follows:
• 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.
o 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.
• Be engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service. Working toward 640 hours of conservation or related service, of which at least 120 hours take place on an appropriate Forest Service project.
• All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Specific Duties include but not limited to:
• Create and edit content for DNF web sites following established style guidelines. Compile photos and write improved recreation site descriptions.
• Work with the Deschutes Trails Coalition to develop an experience-based recreation classification system.
• Work with DNF and Discover Your Forest to support design and management of beta testing process for Central Oregon Forest Explorer App.
• Improve photos and other content on Central Oregon Forest Explorer App
• Work on additional writing tasks and other clerical duties that support visitor information and experience on the Deschutes National Forest.
• Attend regular staff and committee meetings.

Qualified candidate will be/have:
• Strong writing and editing skills are required
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office and web content management is preferred
• 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

Minimum Qualifications
• Requires experience with style guides, business writing and online editing

What is the education value to the intern?
• The internship will allow the student to put into practice his/her academic knowledge.
• Enhance employment opportunities with DYF as well as Deschutes National Forest.
• Gain a broad perspective of website and app development through exposure to a variety of duties.
• Discover strengths and weaknesses.
• Opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals: formal and non-formal educators, scientists, U.S. Forest Service specialists as well as other natural resource agencies.
• Gain valuable hands-on experience developing written and graphic assets content.
• Acquire a realistic career orientation.
• Exposure to other areas of interest within the Forest Service

Working Conditions:
Majority of this position will be in an office environment working at a computer.

Onboarding:
We may conduct reference checks as part of our recruitment process. We may conduct criminal background checks on final candidate as required for the position and access to the network.

Questions and How to Apply:
• For more information contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest’s Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or stacey.cochran@discovernw.org
• To apply: Email Cover Letter and Resume to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org. The cover letter should address your experience as it pertains to this opportunity.

Native Plant Gardener, Groundskeeper, and Grounds Crew Coordinator Internship Job Description
Deschutes National Forest

Internship Overview:
The Deschutes NF Native Plant Gardener will work on helping the Deschutes National Forest connect people with nature through the use of the pollinator living lab – grassland.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve those on our national forests and grasslands from every background. Discover Your Forest values diversity and inclusion. By welcoming differences and providing professional enrichment opportunities we are better able to serve those around us.
Duration: 640 hours
Salary: $10.75 hourly
Job Type: Temporary Internship
Department: Botany
Recruitment: will remain open until filled

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship program is as follows:
• Age requirement: 16-30 years (Note the minimum age specifically requested for an internship may be higher than 21CSC minimum age)
• Internship duration: 640 hours and then intern will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.
– 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.
• 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.
• All participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Native Plant Gardner Duties:
• Weeding and pruning
You will spend a minimum of 3 days/week, 2-3 hours each morning, on grounds maintenance; most of which will be weeding and pruning, with some needle raking and cone removal, as well as trash pick-up if necessary.
• Lead for youth crews and volunteers
You will be responsible for meeting and directing youth crews and volunteers. We have a youth crew that comes once a week. They need a project for each visit and a short talk on the ecological importance of the task. The volunteers will have work days, which will be scheduled ahead of time.
• Assist in developing garden design
You will spend time researching and designing a plan for the front meadow. This will entail coordination with the district and forest botanists, the forest wildlife biologist, the Discover Your Forest education team, and selected volunteers. You will become an expert in pollinator habitat and apply what you learn in the garden.
• Implement garden design
You will work with youth crews, volunteers, and local schools to put the garden design on the ground. This will include training in native plant seed collection, how to map collection areas, seed collection techniques, and field days collecting seed.
• Develop outreach and educational materials for pollinators and native plants
You will research and develop outreach and educational materials, working with the forest botanist, forest wildlife biologist, Discover Your Forest education team, and volunteers.
• Public Outreach
You will outreach to local schools using the educational materials you develop with assistance from the forest botanist, forest wildlife biologist, Discover Your Forest education team, and volunteers.

Qualified candidate will have
• Coursework/training and/or experience in designing interpretive and volunteer programs
• Coursework/training and/or experience in current trends and practices in conservation, land management and nature resource preservation
• Experience working independently and meet deadlines
• Strong organizational skills
• Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting.

Minimum Qualifications
• HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2017, 2018, or 2019) of Biology, Botany, Environmental Education, or other Natural Resources concentration.
• This position requires a valid driver’s license.
• A strong desire to learn about native plants, pollinators and the US Forest Service.
• Effective communication via written, spoken, and graphical means.

What is the education value to the intern?
• The internship will allow the student to put into practice his/her academic knowledge.
• Enhance employment opportunities with the U.S. Forest Service.
• Gain a broad perspective of Environmental Education, Native Plant Gardening, Program Coordination, and more through exposure to a variety of duties.
• Discover strengths and weaknesses.
• Opportunity to network with a diverse group of professionals: formal and non-formal educators, scientists, U.S. Forest Service specialists as well as other natural resource agencies.
• Gain valuable hands-on experience coordinating education programs, grounds crews, teaching and working with students and volunteers in an outdoor classroom setting.
• Acquire a realistic career orientation.

Working Conditions:
Roughly 75% of the internship will be spent outdoors. There will be a minimum of 3 days/week, 2-3 hours each morning, on grounds maintenance; most of which will be weeding and pruning, with some needle raking and cone removal, as well as trash pick-up if necessary. The other 25% will be in the office working on the computer.

Onboarding:
We may conduct reference checks as part of our recruitment process. We will conduct criminal background checks on final candidate as required for the position.

Questions and How to Apply:
• For more information contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest’s Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or stacey.cochran@discovernw.org
• To apply: Email Cover Letter and Resume to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org. The cover letter should address your experience in (area of your internship) or interest in (area of your internship)

Other Job Training Opportunities

We also host job training opportunities outside of the Generation Green or 21st Century Conservation Service Corps programs, which will be found here. 

Current Opportunities

For more information about internships, contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest’s Community Engagement Director, at 541-383-5530 or stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

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