Law Enforcement Officer Intern – Tonto National Forest Phoenix, AZ

Start Date: June 12, 2023 – February 12, 2024 

Compensation: $ 750 per week + $1000 Monthly for Housing

Medical Insurance Included

Application Due: April 15, 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.
  • fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.
  • a college graduate.
  • personal vehicle required.

Please Apply Here

Project 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 mentors 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. 
  • 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 directions given by the 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.

Natural & Physical Work Environments: 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.

Education Requirements:

  • Applicants are required to 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 degree in a Criminal Justice related or Natural Resource related field. Degree completion must occur prior to any potential conversation into a full-time position. 
  • Applicants must be able to pass a criminal background check and submit to an initial and periodic random drug test. Applicants should 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 to determine applicant’s minimum requirements. The PEB consists of flexibility, bench press, 1.5 mile run, agility run, and body fat percentage calculations. Interns must be willing to relocate anywhere within the US. Based on agency needs if converted into a full-time Law Enforcement Officer at the successful completion of the internship period. Interns selected for conversion into a full-time Law Enforcement Officer position at the conclusion of the internship will be required to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) and must successfully complete a 17 week basic training program (Land Management Police Training) and a 3-month field training program.

Ability and Skills:

  • Applicants should possess the ability to work in team settings as well as in rural areas. 
  • Applicants should be able to work in various outdoors settings, including mountains, lakes, rivers, and other dispersed areas. 
  • Applicants should be very outgoing and able to interact with various ethnic/ racial groups.

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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