Position Title: Stewardship (Hydrology/Fisheries) Resource Assistant Intern
Position Code: R3.COC.STE
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MobilizeGreen is a national nonprofit committed to jumpstarting green careers for diverse youth and recent graduates, while advancing environmental equity in communities across the country.
In partnership with the USDA Forest Service, MobilizeGreen offers internship opportunities for college students (graduating before April 12, 2021), graduate students, and recent graduates. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) provides flexible internship placements based in National Forests across the US for those 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. The RAP was designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers.
Each MobilizeGreen Resource Assistant starts their journey with a weeklong orientation, where they will meet other RAs and Forest Service staff from across the country and engage in skill building and career development activities. Once an RA arrives at their host site, they are supervised and mentored by a variety of Forest Service staff, engaging with experts from business, conservation, and science backgrounds, and learning more about careers as they work on vital projects within the Forest Service. Upon completion of the program, RAs receive a 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service, keeping the door open for exciting career opportunities with their host site, or with any of the 154 national forests across the country. MobilizeGreen will enhance your career opportunities, introduce you to key leaders in the natural resource field, and engage you on your career journey to a job with the Forest Service.
Position Abstract: This position will work in the Coconino National Forest Stewardship Program (Hydrology and Fisheries) and the Four Forest Restoration Initiative (4FRI). The RA will assist with forest-wide fisheries, wildlife, and watershed restoration projects . Duties include project planning, assisting with Best Management Practices (BMP) monitoring around logging activities, coordinating and assisting with stream restoration projects (i.e. loose rock structure and beaver dam analog projects), conducting aquatic habitat inventories, and conducting wildlife and fisheries surveys. While working with 4FRI, the RA will work with the planning and implementation teams, mainly providing assistance to the monitoring coordinator. The RA would help design and implement monitoring associated with the forest restoration objectives of the 4FRI program and could include springs monitoring and work with aquatic resources.
Work Environment: The RA will be required to travel and work in remote locations independently and as part of a team. This includes driving and navigating forest roads and hiking in remote canyons without reliable communication while carrying packs up to 50lbs. RA will be working in a variety of weather conditions. Administrative work will also be required.
Location: The Coconino National Forest is home to a variety of environments, including ponderosa pine forests, red rock deserts, pinyon/juniper forests, and alpine tundra. Most of the work for the RA position will occur in and around streams, many of which are in deep and rugged canyons. There are many recreation opportunities on the forest, including hiking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, and camping. Flagstaff is 2 hours from Phoenix, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forest National Park.
Host Unit: Coconino National Forest
Duty Station: 1824 S. Thompson St., Flagstaff, AZ 86001
- 26 weeks, starting April 12, 2021
- 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
- Assisting with hydrology projects on the Flagstaff and Mogollon Ranger Districts
- Assisting with forest-wide fisheries and wildlife projects
- Project planning, assisting with Best Management Practices (BMP) monitoring around logging activities, coordinating and assisting with stream restoration projects, conducting aquatic habitat inventories, and conducting wildlife and fisheries surveys
- Collaborating with the planning and implementation teams for 4FRI, with an emphasis on providing assistance to the monitoring coordinator
- Designing and implementing monitoring associated with the forest restoration objectives of the 4FRI program, could include springs monitoring and work with aquatic resources
Experience and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Hydrology, or Forestry required.
- Valid driver’s license required (driving record will be reviewed prior to placement)
- Experience conducting arduous field work and working alone and as part of a team in a remote setting (required)
- Basic computer skills, including experience with the Microsoft Office suite (required)
- Experience with watershed restoration projects (preferred)
- Experience with fish survey techniques (preferred)
- Understanding and connection with local tribal communities a plus
Application Process (It's important that you read this carefully):
In addition to the position listed above, MobilizeGreen is recruiting for 30+ other Resource Assistant Positions. You only need to submit one application to be considered for these positions. If you have already submitted another application, you do not need to answer the application questions again. Simply indicate you have an active application in the system and they will be transferred.
Competitive selection process, positions filled on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply ASAP.
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MobilizeGreen is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization committed to diversity. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.