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Position title : Integrated Forestry Aid - Resource Assistant Program

Type of Position : Corpsmember / Intern

Town, City, Park, etc : De Soto Ranger District – National Forest in Mississippi

State / Territory : Mississippi

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 :

Position title: Integrated Forestry Aid

Organization: U.S. Forest Service – Region 8

Partner Organization: The Corps Network

Location: De Soto Ranger District – National Forest in Mississippi

Term of Service: 1 year

Wage: $13.50/hour, Full-Time

Start Date: Available now

Primarily (80%), the position performs a variety of technical duties individually or as a crew member in support of the De Soto’s recreation and archeology programs with a focus on GulfCorps project. There also will opportunities to support wildlife, fire, timber, silviculture and other natural resource programs on the unit.

Job Duties :
  • Completes duties related to the development and completion of GulfCorps project outcomes including, but not limited to, project development, project preparations and crew participation and oversight as needed
  • Maintains existing recreation sites with grounds and maintenance tasks and assists with development or improving existing sites and minor facility maintenance to provide for optimum customer services to achieve Forest goals and objectives.
  • Conducts assigned portions or surveys and studies for recreational trails, facilities, and other activities on the unit.
  • Monitors and maintains existing trails, trailheads, facilities, signage to ensure they are in operable condition. Assist with the selection and recommendation of new trail and facility locations and closing of old sites under-used sites to be in alignment of sustainable recreation.
  • Operates motor vehicles which requires a commercial driver’s license, other motor vehicle (that do not require a commercial driver’s license) and equipment in support of fire suppression activities.
  • Interacts with the public are to give factual information regarding recreation opportunities, rules, and regulations. Contacts with other employees are to obtain and exchange information, receive or provide clarification, answer questions, and explain well-established procedures in order to coordinate work efforts or advise about minor techncial deviations.
  • Assists with performing a variety of field surveys and studies of historical/cultural resources; non-native invasive species; threatened, endangered, and/or sensitive wildlife species; and other forest management practices to determine numbers, environmental conditions, and the condition of the species and its habitats.
  • Assists with the execution of fuel treatments, slash hazard appraisals, and hazard reduction plans.
Requirements :

Work is performed in a forest environment in which temperature and weather extremes may be encountered and where the terrain may be steep, uneven, rocky, and covered with thick vegetation. The work requires the use of safety equipment such as boots, gloves, goggles, and hard hat as well as other personal protective equipment in certain situations, such as to protect from high noise levels, cut and trim trees, etc.

The following knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or interest are instrumental to the success experience for all parties involved:

  • Work requires some physical exertion, such as walking over wet or uneven surfaces, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, lifting, reaching, or similar activities. The work requires average physical ability and dexterity.
  • Knowledge of computer programs to collect and process field data.
  • Knowledge of techniques for safe operation of motor vehicles sufficient to obtain a valid state driver’s license, government operator’s permit, and drive vehicles to travel in a forest setting.
  • Knowledge of the use of two-way radios, telephones, and computer terminals to receive and transmit data and maintain communications.
  • Knowledge of the use of hand and power tools such as a crosscut saw, adze, axe, shovel, pulaski, fire rake, and chainsaw in order to effectively perform duties in fire, timber, recreation, and other related forestry areas.
  • Knowledge of communication techniques to communicate effectively and respectful with co-workers promoting a harassment-free work environment.


  • 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 rural environments.
  • Forest Service background check will be required
Benefits :

Compensation and Benefits:

  • $13.50/hour, full-time
  • Health insurance benefits
  • Housing allowance
  • 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 program requirements, interns may become eligible for the RAP noncompetitive hiring authority through a 2-year certificate of eligibility.

On-the-job Training Opportunities:

  • Trailer, tractor utility vehicles (UTVs), all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and/or farm tractor endorsements;
  • Training with operation and maintenance of small engines;
  • Chainsaw operators, collections officer, pesticides application certifications;
  • Heritage technical training;
  • Wildland firefighter training
  • Additional training opportunities as announced and available which may require overnight travel