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Program Dates:05/20/2024 – 09/08/2024

About us:
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is the largest provider of hands-on environmental conservation programs for youth and young adults. Program participants protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces across the country."

Program Description:
SCA interns will work in conjunction with district Timber Staff, Noxious Weeds Crew, or Ecologist. Duties will include assisting in timber, vegetation, or invasive plant management activities. Main duties for Timber related activities include assisting with reconnaissance and layout of cutting units, tree species identification, basic measurements of tree diameters and heights using timber measurement tools associated with timber cruising, data recording, natural regeneration stocking surveys in a post fire landscape, tree planting, marking boundaries with tracer paint, and using GPS equipment to navigate and map unit boundaries. Main duties for Noxious Weeds activities include application of herbicides using backpack sprayers, pickup or UTV mounted sprayers, or other mechanical and manual methods for invasive non-native plant treatment. Interns will perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications and always utilize appropriate personal protective equipment, supplied by the Forest Service. Interns will be responsible for identifying invasive plants, use of GPS equipment to map treatment areas, and use of topographic maps. Interns will assist in inventory, mapping, and monitoring of invasive non-native plants commonly found in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Some duties may also include rangeland monitoring or monitoring sensitive plant species. For all duties, interns will generally work 10-hour days, carry heavy backpacks or gear, hike to remote locations in rugged terrain at high elevations and potentially work in adverse weather conditions.This is a timber and weeds combined position with potentially some rangeland and sensitive plant monitoring duties. Interns will be asked to work with different resource staff as needed on a daily or weekly basis.

Member benefits:

  • $1,100 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $460 - weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,678 education award)
  • Housing
    • Interns will share small government houses with other interns or government employees. Houses consist of 2 or 3 smallbedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Interns will be assigned a house with other interns or governmentemployees of the same gender and each person shall have their own bedroom.
  • All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

Member Qualifications:

  • Driver's license
  • Personal vehicle required


Must be eligible to serve as an AmeriCorps Member. This includes:

  • Being a citizen, permanent resident, or national of the United States;
  • Being at least 18 years or older;
  • Having a high school diploma or equivalent;
  • Being willing to undergo National Service Criminal History Check, including criminal background, sex offender and FBI checks.