U.S. nationals: U.S. Forest Service Water Rights Resource Assistant Intern via Indeed


Lakewood, CO, US

In partnership with the Rocky Mountain Region of the USDA Forest Service, MobilizeGreen seeks a 26-week Water Rights Resource Assistant (RA) Intern to work in the Renewable Resources Program Area. This position will provide the RA with a career-oriented introduction to the background, philosophy, concepts, and scope of the Forest Service Physical Sciences functions and a practical understanding of the policies of the Forest Service. RA assignments will be project-oriented. The RA also will gain the necessary skills for future career opportunities in the Physical Science field as part of their internship. We are committed to creating a diverse conservation workforce and diverse applicants with relevant education or experience are encouraged to apply.

The Resource Assistants Program is a rigorous, immersive, paid experience for individuals interested in Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the mentorship and coaching of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. RAP is a vehicle for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers. For more information on the Resource Assistants Program, go to: https://www.fs.usda.gov/working-with-us/volunteers/resource-assistants-program

Location: The Rocky Mountain Region, 1617 Cole Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80401


  • 26 weeks, starting September 21, 2020

  • Full Time/40 hours per week


  • $500 per week living allowance (stipend)

  • Housing stipend of $1000 per month

  • Hands on learning and job training experience

  • Site travel stipend eligible

  • 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service (with successful completion and 960 hours completion)

  • Health insurance eligible

  • Mentorship for career and professional development


  • Water rights research

  • Litigation report preparation

  • Case tracking, docket updates

  • File organization and management

  • Other office support tasks as needed

Experience and Qualifications

  • Degree requirement: Recent graduate (0-5 years) with degree in Water Resource Management or Western Water Law degree from an accredited educational institution.

  • Excellent written and oral communication

  • Demonstrated ability to multitask

  • Must also have a good eye for details and be flexible to accommodate continuous shifting priorities

  • Comfort with online database research, be experienced with and/or comfortable with data entry tasks and be willing to learn new applications and systems.

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Work environment: The Rocky Mountain Region enjoys a proud heritage in the Forest Service. The Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming and the White River National Forest in Colorado are among the first National Forests Congress created from the original Forest Reserves. The Region, headquartered in Golden, Colorado, comprises 17 national forests and 7 national grasslands. As an RA, the intern will be part of a cohort and must complete an orientation.

To Apply:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and why you would be a good match

  • 3 references