Civil Engineer Trainee Resource Assistant – ONSITE – Nelsonville, OH

Start/End Dates: February 5, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Compensation: $650 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical insurance provided on request.

Application Due: October 31, 2023 

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

You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • a college graduate.

*Personal vehicle required

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Position Description: 

The civil engineer trainee will assist the Forest Engineer and Engineering Team in design and implementation of infrastructure projects, abandoned mine land remediation projects, and orphan well plugging projects with a variety of partners. The civil engineer trainee will perform one or more of the following duties as development toward a higher-level position: 

  • Makes topographic and alignment surveys of selected projects. 
  • Uses surveying instruments and directs party members. 
  • Prepares field notes.
  • Assists in preparing topographic and detail maps. 
  • Transfers field notes into detailed drawings, develops preliminary trail gradients, prepares design data forms, computes project quantities, and transfers these quantities and final gradients to plans. 
  • Makes design calculations and prepares specifications for selected portions of projects for forest development facilities including roads, trails, water and wastewater facilities, buildings, bridges, culverts and other engineering facilities. 
  • Assists in inspecting construction projects for adherence to approved plans and specifications. 
  • Determines compliance with respect to dimensions, use of designated materials, progress of work, etc. 
  • Makes preliminary road locations and tests road surfacing material, gathers data for maintenance surveys, participates in inspections, makes boundary line surveys and performs a variety of other duties for work experience and training.
  • Performs other assignments to broaden knowledge of Forest Service activities in areas such as timber, fire, recreation, wildlife and/or business management.

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  • Assist in planning, designing, and inspecting infrastructure projects
  • Conduct topographic and alignment surveys with surveying instruments
  • Prepare field notes, create topographic maps, and convert them into detailed drawings
  • Perform design calculations and specify project details
  • Provide engineering support to timber, fire, recreation, wildlife, and /or administration.
  • Assist Forest Engineer and Engineering Team on infrastructure, mine land remediation, and well- plugging projects


Major studies relevant to this position: Engineering or Architect. Knowledge of basic professional civil engineering principles and concepts sufficient to apply standard engineering practices in limited phases of survey, design, construction, and/or maintenance projects. Skill in expressing thoughts both verbally and in writing is required to document and report on technical aspects of work.

  • Knowledge of basic engineering principles
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Willingness to learn 
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Experience or willingness to learn engineering software

Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

All RAP interns receive Direct Hire Authority (DHA) at the successful conclusion of their internship. DHA status enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans’ preference, and “rule of three” procedures. For more information, please click HERE.

EEO Statement

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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