Conservation Education Resource Asst (Salmon-Challis National Forest)

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, April 7, 2017, 3:00pm



Challis, ID
United States

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Job Description:

The Forest Service partners with Idaho State Parks and Recreation, Land of the Yankee Fork Historical Association (Custer), and the Dredge Historical Association to interpret and preserve the settlement and mining history in the Yankee Fork River drainage. The ghost town of Custer as well as the Yankee Fork Gold Dredge receive thousands of visitors each year, making this area among the Forest’s busiest (if not the busiest) day use sites. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, this intern will be at the town site to assist volunteers, Forest, and State personnel in welcoming visitors and interpreting the history of the area for them.  Tours as well as a slide show are provided to all visitors.  Site interpreters also spend countless hours teaching the art of gold panning to young and old alike. 

Assignments for this intern during their entire experience would include:

  • Working on cataloging artifacts with a plan for exhibiting them on a rotating schedule into the collection displayed at Custer as well as at the State’s interpretive Center.
  • A complete reworking of the slide show used for visitors at the townsite. We would like to improve the technology and ability to present the slide show at this remote location.
  • Working with the State on various educational programs they provide to schools and to the local community.This would include planning new projects as well as participating in ones already scheduled.
  • Fine tune the “walking tour” brochure in light of the newer interpretive signs around town and decide if the numbered stops are still relevant.
  • Since the dredge volunteers are now asking folks to “self-guide” may provide input into a stand-alone brochure for that site.
  • Create a mobile tour of the area that folks could download with segments on State Park in Challis, Bayhorse, Custer Motorway, Custer and Bonanza townsites, the cemeteries, and the Dredge. (One tour, or several chapters that could be downloaded independently)
  • Update some of the displays (specifically the one inside the assay building) to get it ready for fabrication of a new narrative display


  • A background in education or interpretation. Formal or informal experience in teaching or public programming in history, wildlife biology, natural resources, or a related field preferred.
  • Upper level or recent college graduate.
  • Driver’s license required.
  • Strongly prefer experience developing and conducting inquiry- based programs.
  • Prefer experience correlating programs with national and state educational standards.
  • Prefer experience working with the general public and children in indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills.
  • An independent, self-motivated, creative, and resourceful individual able to work with diverse groups of people.
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus.            

Program Benefits:

  • NYC will provide RA a prorated stipend of $14,400.00 or$120.00 per day along with health care coverage (if needed), workers compensation, and FICA/Medicare.
  • RA will have special Federal Government hiring authority for 2 years upon completion of their 960 hours of service.
  • Housing will be provided at nearby Bonanza Guard Station (

Position Requirements:

  • A desire to serve and promote public land stewardship and an ethic of service.
  • Communicate and interact in a positive, professional manner with various populations such as: project partner(s), colleagues, community volunteers, youth, and the general public.
  • A commitment to the goals of the US Forest Service.
  • A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a team.
  • The ability to work independently.
  • A willingness to ask questions for clarification and job completion.
  • Work a flexible schedule, including weekends during the summer, and some evenings. .
  • Ability to commit to the full term of service.
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record.Drive government vehicle as required for position.
  • Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check provided through PCEI.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a college degree, or near completion.
  • Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.
  • Ability to live at remote station during the summer months. Cell and internet service is limited to only one of the sites and not available at lodging. Bonanza Guard Station is 20 miles from the nearest town of Stanley, Idaho.


How to Apply:

Application Deadline: April 7, 2017

Interviews: Will occur as qualified applications are received.

Type of position: Individual Placement

Service Dates May – December 2017

Length of Term: 120 days


How to apply:


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references in attention to:


Jay Runte - Internship Director


Northwest Youth Corps

2621 Augusta Street

Eugene, OR 97403

Fax: 541-349-5060