Wilderness and Wild Scenic Rivers Resource Assistant – ONSITE- Skykomish, WA

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.

** Government Housing is available

Please Apply Here

Position Description: 

The Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers (WWSR) Resource Assistant (RA) will work in coordination with the agency’s headquarters office in Washington, DC and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest/Skykomish Ranger District. Working for both the Washington Office and the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, the WWSR RA will have a unique opportunity to gain national level and field level experience in projects focused on WWSR, Recreation, Interpretation, Education, Trails, and other natural resource management needs. The RA will work with staff at District and Forest to complete field level work such as Wilderness and Wild and Scenic River monitoring and management, Trail maintenance and construction, Recreation site maintenance, and other field work across a variety of disciplines. This will require assessing current programs through research and meeting with staff, field site visits, facilitating meetings to gather input from multiple resource areas and partners, and developing products to share findings. Working with the Washington Office, the RA will have the opportunity to work on national priorities, including support of the agency priority of Confronting the Wildfire Crises, Land Management Planning, and project environmental analysis.


The applicant will support the District and Forest Recreation, WWSR, and Trails annual program of work. The candidate will need some basic knowledge of natural resource management. We are looking for a candidate who is passionate about improving public awareness about wild places and healthy rivers, and the mission of the Forest Service; wanting to gain exposure to public awareness, interpretation and education, national environmental policy and management issues; a strong communicator, both as a writer and speaker; enjoys working with a variety of internal and external partners and community members; and is willing to work hard to learn professional skills in a team setting. This person should also feel comfortable working in a wilderness setting for multiple days at a time.


Applicant must have knowledge of basic natural resource management. Knowledge of interpretations and education practices. Skilled in verbal and written communication and Microsoft Office programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) Ability to multitask in a high-paced environment as a part of several high-functioning teams. Ability to be self-driven, motivated and organized in a virtual environment.

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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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