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2018 SUMMER INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
Powers Ranger District, Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest
Are you looking for an exciting volunteer internship that gets you outdoors and provides valuable work experience while serving the American people? Join our team at the Powers Ranger District, part of the magnificent Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest! We have a great position in recreation and will work with individuals to help them succeed and give them a quality understanding of the Agency (USFS), federal work, and caring for the land and serving people. This is an excellent opportunity for local citizens or engagement programs to get involved with a federal land management agency.
The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in southwest Oregon and northwestern California, encompassing parts of the Cascade Mountains, Siskiyou Mountains, and Oregon Coast Range. The Forest is nationally recognized for its botanical diversity, scenery, and outdoor recreation opportunities. The town of Powers is nestled in the Coquille River Valley, ringed by steep, forested mountains, approximately 75 miles west of I-5 and 50 miles east of the Pacific coast. It is a community of about 750 people that retains the close-knit, small-town character of a Pacific Northwest logging community. It is 21 miles to the next nearest town which is Myrtle Point, and 30 miles from the Coos County seat, Coquille. The area around Powers offers excellent opportunities for outdoor recreation. Deer and elk hunting are excellent, as is salmon and steelhead fishing in the Elk River, Sixes River and the South Fork of the Coquille River. The world famous Rogue River is approximately 35 miles south of Powers via the Agness Road. Powers County Park, located 3/4 miles north of Powers, has tennis, basketball and volleyball courts; a baseball field; fishing; boating (electric trolling motors permitted); camping and RV spaces with water and electrical hookups; and picnic shelters with water and electrical facilities.
The climate is typical of western Oregon, mild-moist winters and warm-dry summers, with temperatures in the 70's and 80's. Rainfall averages about 63 inches a year. Snow is normal on the Powers Ranger District at elevations above 1,000 feet. The town's elevation is approximately 300 feet.
The Powers Ranger District is looking for a volunteer intern to work in the Recreation Departmentfor the upcoming summer season. Intern dutieswill vary based on time of season, staffing needs and field conditions, but will generally consist of:
Office: Assisting and educating visitors, assisting at the front desk, checking and/or restocking truck supplies, maintaining equipment, developing or maintaining interpretive displays or signs, misc. office related duties.
Field: Assisting district recreation staff in their daily duties; patrolling recreation facilities, campgrounds and dispersed camping areas to prevent/repair resource damage; determining maintenance needs and conducting compliance checks; and assisting/educating forest visitors.
Trail Maintenance: Hiking several miles in remote and/or rugged terrain. Working outdoors in all weather conditions, to include high heat, extreme cold, and inclement weather. Brush cutting, digging, rock and log removal, sign installation, campsite cleaning, visitor contact and monitoring, carrying up to 35 pounds for extended time/distances, map reading, trail recon/surveys, erosion control, equipment and tool maintenance.
Other Duties: Traveling to adjacent districts to assist in projects, assisting at public events, and/or working in other departments like Botany, Fisheries, Wildlife and Timber to gain knowledge of the Forest Service.
Work Schedule: Flexible, 40 hours per week, 8-hour days, from mid-May through mid-September. Weekend and/or holiday availability is a plus, as those are our busiest days. District staff are flexible, and will work with candidates to develop a work schedule that balances agency and personal needs.
Equipment Provided: Hardhat, gloves, eye protection, ear protection, field pack, first aid kit, maps, notebooks, field vest, and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as required. Candidates must provide their own sturdy leather boots for fieldwork.
Government Housing: Government housing is limited, but may be available dependent upon agency needs and priorities.
Reimbursement: Interns will be reimbursed for general living expenses at a rate of $400 per month. Partial months will be prorated.
Come join us in caring for the land and serving the people!
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Bunk House Description: See opportunity description.