Resource Assistant Internship Application



Resource Assistants help the Forest Service accomplish mission-critical work as they work to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce. The Resource Assistant's Program is designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers.  RA's will receive hands-on learning experience, mentorship, coaching to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. MANRRS is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students amazing internship opportunities that support our mission!





  • Practical, on-the-job experience in natural and cultural resource management careers 
  • Coaching and mentoring by Forest Service staff and partners
  • Weekly stipend; housing, travel, and training allowances; and optional health care
  • Networking access to career opportunities with Forest Service units 
  • Eligibility for the RAP Direct Hire and Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility authorities for 2 years after successful completion of the program


Who can be a resource assistant?


  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 17 years old.  
  • Preference is given to individuals enrolled in institutions of higher education, especially minority-serving institutions.



Job descriptions

Click the job title to view the full job announcement and position details. Please read the job description for your selection in its entirety. Be sure to complete the application in its entirety by uploading all of the required documentation. This is a competitive selection process.


Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2023.



Winter cohort: THe forest service urban & community forestry Program


Urban and Community Forestry Resource Assistant
Location: Region 5 + PSW Region | 100% virtual but must reside in Hawaii
Urban and Community Forestry Resource Assistant
Location: Region 1| Region 4 | This position is 100% virtual but candidates must be in ND, MT, ID, UT preferred
Urban and Community Forestry Natural Resource Specialist 
Location: Southwestern Regional Office | Remote Optional | Arizona or New Mexico preferred 



Summer 2023

MA402 Silviculture Forester
Location: Region 8 | Southern Region
MA405 Information Assistant/ Community Engagement Assistant 
Location: Chattahoochee- Oconee National Forest | Gainesville, GA 
MA406 Admin/Budget
Location: Washington Office 
MA608 Biological Scientist
Location: Research and Development | PNWRS
MA614 GS-11 Equivalent Post-doc
Location: Southern Research Station | Center for Forest Restoration and Management | Athens, GA
MA615 GS-11 Equivalent Post-doc
Location: Southern Research Station | Center for Forest Restoration and Management | Lexington, Kentucky
MAIIJA700 Geology Assistant 
Location: Washington Office, Minerals and Geology Management | 1617 Cole Boulevard Bld. 17, Lakewood, Colorado 
MAIIJA701 Natural Resources Fellow
Location: Remote Optional | Pacific Northwest Region. Hosted at any Forest Service office in Oregon or Washington

MAIIJA702 Heritage Program Resource Assistant 
Location: Region 4 | Salmon-Challis National Forest, North Fork Ranger Station |11 Casey Rd, North Fork Idaho, ID

MAIIJA703 North Zone Trails Resource Assistant
Location: North Fork, Idaho
MAIIJA704 North Zone Pre-sale Forester
Location: Region 4 | North Fork Ranger District | North Fork, ID
MAIIJA705 Ecologist/Botanist 
Location: Region 10 | Cordova Ranger District | Cordova, Alaska 
MAIIJA706 Climate Change Resource Assistant 
Location: Region 3 | Apache- Sitgreaves National Forests Offices | Springerville, AZ 
MAIIJA707 California and Hawaii Climate Change Resource Assistant
Location: Region 5 | Remote Optional or Hilo, HI or Honolulu, HI
MAIIJA708 Climate Adaptation Resource Assistant
Location: Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison NF | Delta, Colorado
MAIIJA709 Climate Change Resource Assistant
Location: Remote or Cass Lake, MN
MAIIJA710 Climate Change Communications Fellow
Location: Bishop, CA
MAIIJA711 Eastern Washington Climate and Monitoring Resource Assistant
Location: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 215 Melody Lane, Wenatchee, WA 98801 OR Colville National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 765 S. Main St., Colville, WA 99114
MAIIJA712 Climate Education Fellow
Location: Washington, DC
MAIIJA713 Resource Assistant Climate Change Science Fellow
Location: Wallowa- Whitman National Forest | Baker City, Oregon 
MAIIJA714 Climate Education Fellow
Location: Region 2 | Position is virtual.  
MAIIJA715 Climate Change Planner
Location: USDA Forest Service Washington Office, 1400 Independence Ave. Washington, D.C.
MAIIJA716 Climate Resource Assistant 
Location: Umpqua National Forest | 2900 Northwest Stewart Parkway Roseburg, OR 97471
MAIIJA717 Kaibab National Forest Climate Change Resource Assistant
Location: Choice of duty station on the Kaibab National Forest 
MAIIJA718 Science Fellow 
Location: Rocky Mountain Research Station, Water and Watersheds Program, Boise, ID
MAIIJA719 Ecologist
Location: Remote
MAIIJA720 Carbon Specialist
Location: Remote or Washington, DC.
MAIIJA721 Climate Change Resource Assistant 
Location: Remote or Washington D.C.
MAIIJA722 National AgroForestry
Location: Remote (conterminous US) or Washington, DC or Lincoln, NE.  
MAIIJA723 Recreation Management Specialist
Location: North Fork, Idaho




 All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Additionally, all positions are a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed.
Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client.

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Internship Application