Civil Engineer Trainee Resource Assistant – ONSITE – Ottawa National Forest

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.

* A personal vehicle is required for this position. 

Please Apply Here

Position Description: 

Incumbent will be conducting road and sign surveys, inventory, and flagging for transportation planning; inspecting construction of a variety of transportation and recreation infrastructure; designing low- and moderate-volume roads, culverts, boat landings and other infrastructure; putting together contract packages for bid, and working with interdisciplinary teams to mitigate impacts of transportation infrastructure on the natural forest settings and watersheds in which they are built. 

More information the Ottawa National Forest


  • Infrastructure inventory and condition surveys
  • design and layout
  • construction inspection
  • record-keeping


Exposure to civil engineering work, whether it was inspection, materials testing, design or some other aspect. A demonstrated ability to work in diverse weather and topography.

  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Resilient in a variety of natural forest conditions
  • Collaborative problem-solver 
  • Successful working alone and in teams

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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