Monongahela National Forest Accepting Internship Applications

The Monongahela National Forest released an announcement on August 16th that they are accepting applications for two Resource Assistant Internship positions; one in the Parsons and the other one in Marlinton.

These Internships are sponsored by the Greening Youth Foundation, a leading youth conservation organization focused on the recruitment, training and placement of young people from under-served and diverse backgrounds in natural resources management in partnership with public lands.

The selected interns will organize partner meetings to help develop a shared natural resource and recreation vision, actively seek out opportunities for the Forest service to integrate more fully into communities, and coordinate events and activities to promote the outdoors to people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences. Interns will become eligible for a Non-Competitive Hiring Authority Certificate after working 960 hours.

Applicants are required to have a public relation, business administration, communications, education, outdoor recreation, environmental sciences or other relevant degree. They also need to have excellent communication skills -both written and oral. They are looking for self-starters who can work both independently and as team members. Interns are also required to have the ability to work both in an office environment and a field environment requiring foot travel to remote forested areas. They are also looking for experience in grant writing, proficiency in Microsoft Office computer programs, experience in writing reports and creating and coordinating presentations- among other skills listed on the full position description. Here is a link to that position description:

The applications must be submitted by 8/28/19 and the internship stars on 9/1/19, with a salary of $12.00 per hour plus a rent stipend. You can apply by sending your resume to your preferred location, either the Parsons or Marlinton Monongahela Forest District, plus email a cover letter to Further information can also be requested using that email.

Marlinton-White Sulphur Springs District Ranger Cynthia Sandeno summed up these internships. “This is an exciting opportunity to gain on-the-ground experience in multiple resource areas with the Forest Service and our many partners” said Sandeno. “If you Have strong communications skills and would enjoy working with partners and communities in the mountains of West Virginia, we want to hear from you.”

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