Wilderness and Scenic Rivers Intern

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Washington Office

This position has been filled.

Start Date: June 6, 2022 – February 6, 2023 (Approximate)

Compensation: $500 per week + support for lodging and transportation

Application Due: March 28, 2022

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

Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

All interns must be fully vaccinated for covid-19 prior to the start of their internship.

Location: Washington D.C. (VIRTUAL OPTION)

**2 positions to be filled

Position Description: The U.S. Forest Service’s Washington Office-National Forest System is seeking a Resource Assistant (RA) Fellow to work in the Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers (WWSR) programs at the agency’s headquarters office in Washington, DC. Working in the Washington Office, the National WWSR Fellow will have an opportunity to make important contributions and gain valuable experiences through collaboration with multiple interdisciplinary staff areas, agencies, and nongovernmental partners that are critical to the success of these two programs. These programs coordinate the stewardship for over 36.6 million acres of Forest Service-managed wilderness and approximately 5,000 miles of wild and scenic rivers across the nation, the WWSR national programs are run by a small but ambitious staff that coordinates local, regional, and national efforts across all levels of the Forest Service.

The National Wilderness and Wild Scenic Rivers Resource Assistant Fellow will work as a ‘Natural Resource Specialist’ at the GS-07 or GS-09 level, depending on education and previous experience. The fellow will have the unique opportunity to focus on understanding the impacts of climate change on designated areas, and any corresponding environmental justice-related impacts. The fellow will work as part of a team to assist in developing a climate strategy for the WWSR program area. This will require evaluating the range of climate impacts through analyzing geospatial data and modeling, prioritizing the greatest risks to these values through systems-thinking project design, facilitating meetings to gather input from multiple resource areas and partners, and developing products to share findings. The fellow will develop a better understanding of how underserved communities live with more environmental burdens and get fewer benefits from the lands we manage and will draw conclusions whether anticipated future climate events on designated areas has impacts to these communities.

The National WWSR Fellow will support Executive Order 14008: Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad.  The RA will work as part of a small team that will provide substantive support in helping WWSR meet their 2022/23 program goals. WWSR is a relatively small staff, and this RA Fellow position will provide important additional capacity and flexibility to support a wide range of important national work.

WWSR staff works very closely with our agencies in the Department of Interior while cooperating with other National Forest System programs and forest research and development.  The WWSR staff has longstanding relationships with many partners and provides direct assistance to these organizations as they navigate and leverage relationships with our agency.  In particular, the National WWSR Fellow will work closely with partners at Arthur Carhart Center, Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute, and other interagency partners from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  The fellow will also work with such nongovernmental partner organizations as River Management Society, American Rivers, American Whitewater, and River Network, and various wilderness NGO partners.

Abilities and Skills:

  • Knowledge of basic natural resource management
  • Knowledge of environmental justice in the context of climate adaptation
  • Experience working with geospatial datasets, utilizing ESRI ArcGIS, and AGOL
  • Skilled in verbal and written communication and Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Ability to multitask in a high-paced environment as part of several high functioning teams
  • Ability to be self-driven, motivated and organized in a virtual work environment

Qualifications: Candidates should be passionate about environmental justice, climate change, wild places and healthy rivers, and the mission of the Forest Service. They should be seeking exposure to climate science, environmental justice, national environmental policy and management issues; They should be a strong communicator, both as a writer and speaker, enjoy working with a variety of internal and external partners and community members, and be willing to work hard to learn professional skills in a team setting.

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