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TCN 2019 Fact Sheet

The Corps Network

Position title : Visitor Information and Recreation Specialist - Resource Assistant Program

Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc : Bessey Ranger District, Nebraska National Forest

State / Territory : Nebraska

Organization/Program Description :

United States Forest Service Resource Assistants Program (RAP) is a rigorous and immersive, paid internship for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Resource assistants work under the supervision of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication. Through collaboration, training, and mentorship, resource assistants gain the tools to launch their natural and cultural resource careers.

RAP seeks to engage highly motivated candidates through these program objectives:

  • Instill stewardship values in the next generation of natural and cultural resource management professionals;
  • Expand and enhance the capacity of the Forest Service to accomplish mission-critical work and high-priority projects;
  • Attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce to support the Forest Service’s mission to “sustain the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”

About The Corps Network: Established in 1985, The Corps Network is the National Association of Service and Conservation Corps. Our 130+ Corps provide young adults and veterans the opportunity to serve our country through projects on public lands and in rural and urban communities. The Corps Network supports Corps by advocating on their behalf, providing access to funding and project opportunities, and by offering expertise in Corps operations and programming. Every year, The Corp Network’s efforts enable over 25,000 diverse young people and recent veterans to strengthen communities, improve the environment and transform their lives through service in Corps programs.

Position Description :

The Resource Assistant (RA) intern will perform various work assignments, either independently or alongside their FS supervisor, which will involve planning, monitoring, and implementing recreation and natural resource management, visitor assistance services, and interpretation.

Job Duties :

The following are expected duties and responsibilities for the position:

  • Develop and present a variety of interpretive programming, including orientation talks and environmental education;
  • Conduct nature walks and demonstrations for the public, local community, and school groups;
  • Perform National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys and help organize and interpret the data;
  • Develop interpretive materials (brochures, guidebooks, handouts, and exhibits);
  • Draft communication and marketing materials (news releases, articles, correspondence, and event flyers) to help increase the understanding of the Forest Service Mission and visitor engagement.
Requirements :
  • General knowledge of natural resource management and conservation;
  • Must be able to work outdoors in various weather conditions;
  • Willingness to work both independently and in a team setting;
  • Basic knowledge of public outreach and communications tools and techniques;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and a desire to engage diverse audiences and school groups;
  • Possess strong enthusiasm for recreation and rural communities;
  • Project management skills and experience a plus;
  • Must have the ability to work well with kids, teens and families;
  • Contribute to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences;
  • Forest Service background check will be required.


  • Commitment of 9 months, from March 2019 to November 2019
  • Applicants must commit to 40 hours, full-time work per week for this position.


  • College graduates or post-graduate degree with Associate’s Degree or higher, in a relevant field;
  • Driver’s license;
  • Applicant must be comfortable with living and working in very rural environments.
Benefits :

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $13/hr stipend
  • Generous professional development allowance
  • Opportunities for paid work travel, training sessions, and conferences.
  • Complimentary housing (provided by the Bessey Ranger District Bunkhouse)
  • Opportunities to network with U.S. Forest Service field rangers and professionals.
  • RAP Noncompetitive Hiring Authority: After completing and meeting program requirements, interns may become eligible for the RAP noncompetitive hiring authority through a 2-year certificate of eligibility.
Additional Information :


Bessey Ranger District, Nebraska National Forest

40637 River Loop, Halsey, NE 69142