Law Enforcement Trainee

US Forest Service
May 2, 2021
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Compensation: $600/week plus support for lodging and transportation

Dates: September 20, 2021 - March 5, 2022

Location: Multiple Locations

Application Due: June 30, 2021

The Resource Assistant Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers. 

Job Description: Law Enforcement Interns will work alongside a sworn full time U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement & Investigations employee whose primary responsibilities are public safety and the protection of federal lands/natural resources that are administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Law Enforcement Interns will assist assigned mentor with various projects and assignments related to the protection, enforcement, and investigation of crimes committed on Forest Service lands. Interns will interact with other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners as well as other first responders and be subject to a fluid environment.

Position Duties and Responsibilities: Day to day duties and responsibilities will vary according to location and the nature of various calls/assignments of the mentor. Selectees will be expected to comply with all direction given by mentor to ensure a safe environment at all times. Selectees will be expected to learn about the enforcement and protection of natural resource laws and how to become a successful law enforcement officer as well as learn about the various disciplines within the Forest Service. Selectees will be assigned a training plan that will be monitored and evaluated by the mentor.

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We have five Law Enforcement Trainee positions available with the US Forest Service. These are located  at the following sites:

  • Boise National Forest in Boise, Idaho
  • Sierra National Forest in Clovis, California
  • Tahoe National Forest in Nevada City, California
  • Lolo National Forest in Missoula, Montana
  • Uinta-Wasatch Cache National Forest in Ogden, Utah

About the Environment: Selected interns will be subjected to various outdoor environments and physical exertions. Interns should be able to walk/hike in mountainous terrain. Interns could possibly be exposed to various forms of transportation to include All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), Boats, Utility Terrain Vehicles (UTVs), etc as deemed necessary by the mentoring officer to safely perform the duties of the day.


  • Applicants should possess the ability to work in team settings as well as in rural areas. Applicants should be able to work in various outdoor settings to include mountains, lakes, rivers, and other dispersed areas. We seek outgoing participants who can interact with various ethnic/racial groups.
  • Applicants must have either recently graduated (within 2 years) or be currently enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. College/University and pursuing or possess a Bachelor's (4-year degree) in a criminal justice related or natural resource related field. Degree completion must occur prior to any potential conversion into a full time position.
  • Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check (no felony/domestic violence convictions) and submit to an initial and periodic random drug test.
  • Applicants must be physically fit and able to pass the physical efficiency battery test (PEB) at the 25th percentile prior to conversion into a full time position as a condition of employment. PLEASE VISIT PEB SCORES FOR AGE AND GENDER | FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING CENTERS (FLETC.GOV) TO DETERMINE APPLICANTS MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS BASED ON AGE AND GENDER. The PEB consists of flexibility, bench press, 1.5 mile run, agility run, and body fat percentage calculation.

These positions offer the potential for conversion into full-time law enforcement officer positions at the conclusion of the internship. If a position is offered, the participant will be required to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and must successfully complete a 17-week basic training and 3-month field training program. The participant must be willing to relocate anywhere in the U.S. based on agency needs if converted into a full-time law enforcement officer at the successful completion of the internship position. 

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