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Position title : Conservation Education Intern - Resource Assistants Program
Deadline to apply : 03/31/2019
Start Date : 05/01/2019
End Date : 10/31/2019
Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern
Town, City, Park, etc : Dixie National Forest, Powell Ranger District
State / Territory : Utah
Attachments/Supplemental Materials : RAP-Announcement-Dixie-NF-ONLINE.pdf
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.”
This position will be located on the Powell Ranger District of the Dixie National Forest to assist at the Red Canyon Visitor Center. The Forest Service partners with the Highway 12 Committee, Garfield County Tourism and the Bryce Canyon Natural History Association (BCNHA) to provide the visiting public with information about the local area and interpretation about the local resources. The Red Canyon Visitor Center receives well over 100,000 visitors each year, making this area among the Regions’ most visited sites.
The intern will work at the visitor center, providing customer service to the visiting public, develop and present natural and cultural walks, talks and campfire programs for diverse groups, including Tread Lightly and Leave No Trace.
Assignments for this RA during their entire experience would include:
- Working with the Bryce Canyon NHA on various educational and interpretive programs provided to local schools, the local community and the visiting public. This would include planning new projects as well as participating in projects already developed.
- Provide information for the travelling public about the local area.
- Staff booths at local events (i.e. festivals, fairs, recreation events, etc).
- Work with other Dixie National Forest visitor centers and recreation managers to expand their public service experiences.
Desired Qualifications and Eligibility:
- A background in education, recreation or interpretation. Formal or informal experiences with teaching or public programming in history, wildlife biology, natural resources, or a related field preferred.
- Upper level or recent college graduate.
- Valid driver’s license and good driving record. Drive government vehicle as required for position.
- Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check.
- S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
- Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
- Strongly prefer experience developing and conducting inquiry- based programs.
- Prefer experience working with the general public and children in indoor and outdoor settings.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Excellent organizational and computer skills.
- An independent, self-motivated, creative, and resourceful individual able to work with diverse groups of people.
- A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a team, but the ability to work independently.
- Work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends.
- Ability to commit to the full term of service.
Compensation and Benefits:
- $15/hour, full-time
- Health insurance benefits
- Housing provided by the Forest Service bunkhouse in Panquitch, UT.
- Generous professional development allowance
- Opportunities for paid work travel, training sessions, and conferences.
- 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.
How to apply:
Applicants must provide a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.
You may also submit your application via the application link
If you have questions about this Resource Assistant Internship, please contact Lauren Edwards-Johnson, The Corps Network at firstname.lastname@example.org or Utah Conservation Corps at email@example.com.
About The Corps Network: 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.
About Utah Conservation Corps: UCC is an AmeriCorps program made up of members, staff, and partners dedicated to service to our community and environment. We engage in projects throughout the state of Utah that address goals relating to environmental conservation, leadership, education, and sustainability. Utah Conservation Corps is a program of Utah State University’s Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning.
Red Canyon Visitor Center
6 Months, starting in May 2019