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

Visitor Information and Experience Trainee Description
Deschutes National Forest

Position Overview:
The Visitor Information and Experience Trainee 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: $11.25 hourly
Job Type: Temporary Workforce Trainee Program
Department: Public Affairs
Recruitment: Application window to stay open until May 1, 2019.

This workforce trainee program 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) workforce trainee program is as follows:
• Age requirement: 16-30 years and veterans up to 35 years of age.
• Internship duration: 640 hours and then the member 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 participant 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.

Example of 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 Trainee?
• 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.

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

Discover Your Forest Forest-Wide Interpretive Program Lead Trainee
Deschutes National Forest

Trainee Program Overview:
The Discover Your Forest Conservation Education Interpretive Program Lead Trainee will play an essential and active role in assisting Discover Your Forest (DYF) and the U.S. Forest Service with several of our interpretive and conservation education programs. The program delivery will be focused at specific campsites and popular summer lodges around Central Oregon. The Program Lead Trainee will work with DYF educators and US Forest Service staff and volunteers. The team member will lead education/ interpretive programs to the public and Jr. Ranger programs. The Program Lead Trainee will spend approximately 80% of their time working as an educator in the field. The Program Lead Trainee will spend 10% of their time supporting other DYF events or program. The remaining 10% will be to seek other field opportunities with Forest Service professionals. Most programs will occur on weekends throughout June, July, and August; some time is spent driving to locations, and compensation for mileage is reimbursed. This position is open to anyone seeking a career in conservation education or interpretive programs, or to gain more experience with the public in the natural resources career path.

Conservation education/ interpretive programs will be delivered to the public based on current natural resources topics around the area. Program lead will be expected to deliver topics to the general public with a fun and engaging hands on approach. The Jr. Ranger program is a youth based program, guiding youth in natural resource knowledge, awareness, and fun activities. Program Lead Trainee will be responsible for gathering participants prior to the start of each program at each location.

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: 160 hours (10-12 hours per weekend, late May- end of August)
Stipend: $11.25 hourly
Job Type: Temporary Workforce Training Program
Department: Discover Your Forest Education and Interpretive Programs
Recruitment: will remain open until filled

Example of Specific Duties include, but not limited to:
● Deliver conservation education and interpretive programs and Jr. Ranger programs to the public at specific campsites and lodges within Deschutes National Forest.
● Interact and engage with the public
● Commitment to work weekends and weekdays as well throughout the summer
● Ability to travel to various locations within the Deschutes National Forest

Qualified candidate will have
● A commitment to the mission of Discover Your Forest and the US Forest Service
● Knowledge of current natural resources topics of the area
● Experience working with youth
● 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
● The ability to work independently and with others
● Openness to learning and growing with the internship experience
● Dependable and flexible
Minimum Qualifications
● College courses in natural resources or outdoor leadership or
● Previous job related experience

What is the education value to the Workforce Training Program?
● The workforce training program will allow the team member to put into practice their academic knowledge.
● Enhance employment opportunities with DYF as well as Children’s Forest of Central Oregon partners.
● Gain a broad perspective of Conservation Education 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.
● Acquire a realistic career orientation.

Working Conditions:
Program Lead Trainee will be working outside, at specific campsites or lodge settings. The trainee will be exposed to all summer weather conditions and insects. Lead Trainee will be working with a DYF staff or FS volunteer.

Onboarding:
We will 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 conservation education/ interpretive programs or interest in conservation education/ interpretive programs.

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