Mt. Hood National Forest-Youth & Volunteer Program Intern-U.S. Military Veterans Only

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Mt. Hood NF has a strong cadre of dedicated volunteers, but believe there is opportunity for expansion in meeting the Agency's mission.  Building the next generation of conservationist is critical to maintaining public support; interpretation and youth engagement need to be fostered with the tech savvy youth of today.  VetsWork intern will need to evaluate existing youth program portfolio for relevance and provide recommendations for future programming.  In addition to the duties outlined below the intern will be given opportunities to train and work with other natural resources related specialties on the forest.

General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):

  • Develop Mt. Hood NF annual special events schedule.
  • Assist in project special event development planning and program implementation; preparation of equipment, safety, publicity materials; overseeing volunteers and documenting results.
  • Participate in outreach activities, develop promotional materials and utilize social media for volunteer recruitment purposes.
  • Develop forest-wide volunteer recognition program.
  • Develop standard operating procedures for on-boarding volunteers (e.g. processing driver's license, government computer access, logging hours, check-in and check-out).
  • Assist with volunteer training and documentation.
  • Research and present recommendations for enhancing the forest youth programs/opportunities.
  • Complete volunteer assessment to better understand what inspires individuals to support Forest Service.
  • Research and present recommendations for corporate volunteers.
  • Complete a Community Action Project that is identified by the Intern, researched, and implemented during the term of service.
  • Attend and complete all MAI/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
  • Complete and submit all necessary MAI/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
  • Wear an MAI uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.

Position Requirements:

  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation.  Must comply with Driver Certification and Safety Agreement (see VetsWork Application Documents on website).
  • Attend a mandatory orientation in Corbett, OR from 2/6 to 2/10, quarterly Intern trainings in Trout Lake, WA (food and lodging provided for orientation and trainings), and quarterly Intern meetings.
  • Must be able to obtain a government driver's license for the operation of Forest Service vehicles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively one-on-one and in public speaking settings.
  • Interest in working across organizational boundaries in a partnership/network environment.
  • Must have served in US Armed Forces and have a DD214 with an honorable discharge.
  • At least 21 years of age at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
  • Ability to commit to the full 45-week term of service.

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Benefits include:

  • $1,100 Monthly Living Allowance
  • $5,775 Education Award
  • Health Insurance
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Student Loan Forbearance
  • Networking Opportunities

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  • Contact Katie Schmidt, Recruitment Coordinator, at 509 395 3465 or at
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