Volunteer and Community Outreach Fellowship

Expected Dates
February 11, 2015 to December 15, 2015
Site
USFS Southeast Region (R8)
Position ID
PO-00610131

Members will serve as a critical component of a team designed to increase Forest Service field level capacity to engage youth and young adults in Volunteer and Service programs.  Team members will serve under the guidance and mentorship of the Southern Region Partnership, Volunteer, and Service Programs Manager, and will be directly supervised by Forest Service personnel at the site where they will be stationed unless otherwise noted.  A peer learning, team environment will be encouraged through an initial face-to-face orientation and training, and monthly group conference calls to discuss individual projects, challenges, and successes. 
 
Each team member will provide much needed capacity to their respective units for the development and implementation of high quality Youth Conservation Corps programs, work experience, and environmental education.  This work will include developing a plan of work for the youth that will offer variety of learning experiences.  The YCC program of work developed by the intern will focus on projects like trail maintenance, operations and deferred maintenance of developed recreation sites, habitat and vegetation management, and watershed restoration.  The intern will be responsible for coordinating YCC participant activities and educational programs with the various Forest Service staff supporting the program, and will coordinate reporting requirements including training plans, timesheets, performance appraisals, etc… 
 
During the times they are not facilitating YCC programs, team members will serve to assist their units in enhancing their Volunteer and Service programs.  Interns will:  (1) analyze and expand recruitment efforts to attract a broader more diverse pool of volunteers including, at a minimum, enhance social media methods used for recruitment; (2) administer volunteer agreements including maintain volunteer files, gather time reports, process reimbursements, consolidate data for annual accomplishments report; (3) explore opportunities to expand the types of activities and resource areas in which volunteers serve and perform; (4) review and update Job Hazard Analysis (JHA) documents and develop new JHAs as needed for volunteer agreements; and (5) review and make recommendations on improving the unit’s volunteer recognition program.

Essential Functions of the Position:


1.      Conduct a “situation analysis,” interviewing existing volunteers, service participants, and staff regarding current Volunteer & Service trends and needs on the District;
2.      Make recommendations for Volunteer & Service Program improvements;
3.      Coordinate with biologists, archaeologists, and recreation professionals on the District to identify unmet conservation project needs that could be performed by volunteers;
4.      Develop volunteer service activities designed to meet unmet needs;
5.      Attend community meetings and network volunteer opportunities;
6.      Assist with Conservation Education efforts and, if requested, represent the Forest Service, SCA, and AmeriCorps at K-12 school environmental education events and at local college and university outreach opportunities
7.      Plan Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) service activities;
8.      When YCC students arrive, assist the Forest Service supervisor of the youth in implementing projects;
9.      After the YCC students are gone, create an after action review detailing what when right, what conservation work was completed, and suggestions for improving next year’s program.
 
  


  • Members will serve at various National Forest Service sites located throughout the Southeast including VA, Mississippi, GA, Tennessee etc.
  • Volunteer and Service Program Management, Partnership Development and Administration, Community Collaboration, Facilitation, Recreation Program Management, and Natural and Cultural Resource Management Skills Based on the Interest and Desires of the Intern
  • Camping, picnicking, fishing, hunting, biking, horseback riding, State Parks, wellness center, drive in theater, historic downtown theater, miniature golf course, community outdoor pool, community parks, and active county sports leagues.
  • Members will be treated no differently than Forest Service employees where safety and training in concerned.  If a member is asked to perform a task that requires specialized training for a Forest Service employee (for example crosscut operation), we will provide the training prior to initiation of the task.  We will also provide First Aid/CPR (if not provided by SCA) and Defensive Driver training for all interns.
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Communications
some coursework or experience
Education
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
GIS
some experience
Hand Tools
some experience
Community Engagement
some experience
Writing/Publishing
some experience
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience