Special Uses Resource Assistant

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Deadline to Apply:

Friday, April 1, 2022, 12:00am



Santa Fe, NM
United States

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Fellowship Description:

The Forest Service manages over 192 million acres of national forests and grasslands that comprise the National Forest System (NFS). Today, our growing population and mobile society have created a demand for a variety of uses of these federal lands; ranging from foot races to guided hunting, fire research, feature film shoots, cabin rentals, community water systems, and electrical power lines. These diverse needs on our public lands require specific approval. 

The Forest Service's special-uses program authorizes these types of uses, and more, on NFS land via special use authorizations that provide a benefit to the general public while also protecting recreation and natural resources. A special-use authorization is a legal document such as a permit, lease, or easement, which grants certain rights or privileges, which would otherwise not be allowed on NFS land, to individuals, organizations, or other federal agencies.

Duration: 6 Month Fellowship (26 weeks), June 6, 2022 - December 2, 2022
Location: Santa Fe National Forest, 11 Forest Ln, Santa Fe, NM 87508  
Housing: Must be secured by the intern. A housing stipend of $1,000 per month will be provided. 
Type: In-person


Preferred skills: 

● Is comfortable working independently outside, in all weather conditions, and navigating with a map; 
● Is good at networking and operating in a team environment; 
● Is proficient in and enjoys writing and communicating clearly; 
● Has excellent customer service skills; 
● Has demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, has an ability to learn new software and database applications; 
● Is able to listen, ask questions, and document conversations with internal and external stakeholders; 
● Has proficiency in the basic principles of accounting.

GIS skills are a plus
Awareness and/or knowledge of environmental science concepts, permits, NEPA, etc. 

Fellows will work and communicate with a Hispanic Access Program Manager during their fellowship. Fellows will be expected to participate in scheduled conference calls, webinars, and meetings conducted throughout their term. Fellows will capture photos and/or videos for reporting purposes and submit 3-5 blog posts highlighting their experience and development. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ages 17 and up
  • Driver’s license required
  • RA will be required to drive a 4x4 government vehicle, at times on rough roads
  • 3rd or 4th-year undergraduate students, recent grads, or young professionals
  • Minimum: completed 2 years at accredited university or earned an Associate’s degree or higher
  • Environmental Science, Natural Resource, Accounting, Math, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, English and/or Creative Writing or similar degree preferred, but open to a variety of Bachelors or Masters degrees and recent grads with strong communication and writing skills, and an ability to learn new skills
  • US citizenship or permanent residency. Interns must undergo a government background check if selected.
  •  Participation in US Forest Service Orientation Training scheduled for June 6-10, 2022. 

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How to Apply:

*Interns are hired as temporary employees; taxes may be withheld from stipends. 


Hispanic Access Foundation is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through the Hispanic Access' MANO Project application page. A resume and two references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills, or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Yashira M. Valentin Feliciano at yashira@hispanicaccess.org

Applications for this position are due on Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 11:59 pm Eastern Time. 

About Us: 

U.S. Forest Service: To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. 

Hispanic Access Foundation Mission: 

Hispanic Access Foundation is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos to partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. Hispanic Access’ vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success, and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.

Given Hispanic Access Foundation's mission and vision we encourage those who culturally identify as Latino/a to apply; however we do not discriminate with regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions, childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. The Hispanic Access Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Compensation Information:

Stipend + Benefits: 

● $500/week based on a 40-hour workweek* 
● $1,000/month housing allowance 
● $50/month commuting stipend 
● Option for health insurance coverage throughout the term 
● Up to $2,750 is available for Forest Service work travel, orientation, trainings, professional development opportunities that align with RA's role and goals 
● Direct Hire Authority Eligibility – after completing a minimum of 960 hours, DHA status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions. 

*Interns are hired as temporary employees; taxes may be withheld from stipends. 

Contact Name:

Yashira M. Valentin Feliciano

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