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21st Century Conservation Service Corps Internship Deschutes National Forest Service National Visitor Use Monitoring Internship
The Deschutes National Forest is seeking one intern to work with the National Visitor Use Monitoring program. This intern position will assist with collecting recreation use information from visitors as they are leaving developed recreation sites, wilderness areas, the general forest area, or as they view scenery along forest highways. Data collection will primarily be done through roadside and trailhead interviews at randomly selected sample sites on specific dates. This position involves a great deal of travel as the interview sites are located throughout the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests. Information gathered in the interviews will be used to support future planning efforts at a local, regional and national scale. The National Visitor Use Monitoring program will run from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018.
This internship is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship.
Age requirement: 16-30 years; veterans up to 35 years of age.
Internship duration: 640 hours; then intern will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.
Reimbursement: $250 per 40 hours. $4,000 reimbursement total.
Application Window Closes: Wednesday, Feb. 28th
Interviews: March 1st– March 9th
Selections: Made by March 12th
Training will be held: Thursday May, 31st & Friday, June 1st
Start Date: June 2nd
Duration: June through September
Skills the intern will have:
Current driver’s license with good driving record
Willingness to obtain government driver’s license and drive government vehicles including 4 X 4 trucks in all types of weather and at night
Ability to initiate conversations with visitors to gain permission to administer National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys to forest visitors
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
Commitment to work four 9-hour days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday), including holidays
Ability to travel to Bend, Oregon for work on the Deschutes National Forest and Prineville for work on the Ochoco National Forest
Able to answer questions as a positive representative of the U.S. Forest Service
Able to perform duties in a position with high visitor contact rates
Skills the intern will develop:
Gain knowledge of the mission and history of the U.S. Forest Service
Government license to drive a government vehicle
Confidence in administering National Visitor Use Monitoring surveys to forest visitors
Skills to improve interactions with the public
Learn how to complete appropriate documentation reports
Map reading, GPS, and mobile mapping application skills
Gain general knowledge about the local forests, as well as the Forest Service as a whole
Understanding of the Forest Service’s recreation department and how it operates within the context of the agency
Exposure to other areas of interest within the Forest Service
To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 or send a resume and cover letter to Stacey.firstname.lastname@example.org.
21st Century Conservation Service Corps is an opportunity for an individual(s) between the ages of 16 and 30 years old (inclusive), and veterans up to 35, engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service. Each participant will be reimbursed $250 per 40 hours served, and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution. Volunteer will work toward 640 hours of conservation or related 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 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.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Description: No housing is available.