Special Uses Permit Administration – ONSITE – Inyo National Forest, Supervisors Office, Region 5

Start/End Dates: July 7, 2024 – March 7, 2025

Compensation: $750 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical Insurance provided upon request

Application Due: April 26, 2024

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: 

The position is designed to orient and develop a trainee in the field of natural resources and associated activities such as recreation, scenery/interpretation, wilderness, wilderness trails, and special land uses. This position will focus on processing minor special land l uses including filming research, and short term recreation activities. This position is not virtual. Major Duties involve performing and completing developmental assignments that support broad natural resource functions intended to expand the employee’s understanding of concepts, underlying principles, and program requirements. Work assignments provide the trainee opportunities to communicate  with the public regarding the agency’s management practices, program information, rules, and regulations.


  • Works with Federal and local law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with federal laws, reporting all identified violations of law or regulations
  • Convey Special Uses Screening Criteria, Forest Service Handbook/Manual, Forest Plans, and the Code of Federal Regulations to permit applicants, ensuring compliance
    • Work with skilled technicians and professionals to:
    • Learn and use various information databases that monitor recreation resources program activities
    • Process special use applications
    • Perform on-the-ground investigations for site suitability inspections
    • Administer special authorization for recreation events, concessionaire operations, and special use permits
  • Performs additional duties as assigned


Major studies relevant to this position: environmental science, social science, biology

  • Customer service, special uses or similar permitting experience, strong writing skills, and experience with interpreting policy
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, to effectively convey program information to the public and permit applicants
  • Attention to detail and organizational skills to process permits, update databases, and handle administrative tasks such as billing
  • Ability to work collaboratively with skilled technicians, professionals, and stakeholders, as well as interact effectively with permittees and law enforcement agencies
  • Willingness to learn, take on new challenges, and contribute to a team environment, as well as the ability to work independently when necessary
  • Some positions may require the ability to perform fieldwork in outdoor environments, including hiking, navigating rough terrain, and conducting site inspections


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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