Volunteer and Service Programs

Expected Dates
September 29, 2014 to January 18, 2015
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
Position ID
The interns will work in a partnership environment and will be exposed to a wide variety of nonprofit, government agency, and business organizations bringing resources to the table in partnership with the Forest Service.  Interns will function as a cohesive team routinely linked into each other and to the Partnership, Volunteer, and Service Programs Manager in the Southern Regional Office.  Interns will receive direct supervision and mentoring from local Forest Service staff, and will be exposed to a wide variety of careers and disciplines within and outside of Forest Service employment. 
A vehicle for official duty transportation will be provided by the Forest Service.  A housing stipend will be provided for the intern.  Suitable, affordable off-Forest housing is available in the community.
The Volunteer & Service program interns will support local Forest Service staff in the providing high quality opportunities for people to engage in conservation projects on the Forests.  Interns will assist in planning and implementing volunteer and service projects such as trail maintenance, wildlife monitoring, watershed protection, rare plan conservation, invasive species control, and recreation management.  Interns will place a special emphasis on assisting the Forests in reaching under-represented populations, including minorities, youth, and economically disadvantaged families.  Interns will, with support from the Regional Office and their supervisors, develop volunteer and partnership agreements, manage Forest Service accomplishment reporting requirements, and will actively work towards building a network of partners and individuals.
Intern will also serve as an assistant to the Forest Service in planning, coordinating, and implementing Youth Conservation Corps conservation projects.  In this role, intern will provide individual and team oriented mentorship, but not supervision, to youth aged 15 to 18 who are engaged in Forest Service YCC programs. 
  • Blue Ridge Ranger District of the Chattahoochee National Forest
  • 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
  • Public lands and natural resource based recreation. Environmental education and interpretive opportunities including working alongside professional Forest Service staff to solve complex resource management problems involving multiple stakeholder groups.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Recreation Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Public Speaking
competent with supervision
Trail Maintenance
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
competent without supervision
Working with Children
some experience