Eastern Regional Office - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Urban Connections Program - Urban Connections Fellow

The Urban Connections Fellow will assist the Urban Connections Program Manager and Milwaukee City Coordinator with assignments, special events, and projects. Work is aimed at increasing engagement of urban residents in the understanding and awareness of natural resources and environmental issues in their communities by developing the next generation of conservation and environmental stewards. A variety of travel and training opportunities will be offered throughout the year. The fellow may enhance the work of the United Community Center (UCC), a local Forest Service partner, to encourage Latino populations to participate in outdoor recreation activities and in the care and improvement of their local environments. This position will also require the fellow to work with other Urban Connections-related partners. Some of the main tasks and goals, performed with Urban Connections staff initially, may include:

  • Teaching environmental education through programs and activities
  • Hosting an informational booth at special events in the community highlighting the role of the U.S. Forest Service in the conservation of public lands and the multitude of career choices that are available in the agency.
  • Helping to plan, lead and organize hikes, camping trips, paddles, and/or special events
  • Developing curricula for training youth to work with younger people
  • Drafting articles for publications
  • Taking photographs of events, meetings, and activities for social media posts
  • Conducting fieldwork such as planting gardens, cleaning up public lands, and eradicating invasive species

Qualifications:

  • Have a strong desire to learn and grow personally and professionally, as well as to teach and inspire others to protect the environment and give back to their shared communities.
  • Initiative, creativity, and optimism will be huge assets.
  • Public speaking skills
  • Knowledge of environmental/conservation education principles would be ideal.
  • Knowledge of — and skills in — establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with groups interested in, or affected by Forest Service programs or policies.
  • Knowledge of computer databases and systems to manage, monitor and report on programs and projects.
  • Ability to obtain and deliver information to varied age groups and sizes.
  • Strong writing skills desired for documenting accomplishments, filing reports and using social media to promote programming.
  • Be flexible and available to work occasional weekends and evenings for special events
  • Be comfortable with physical work such as walking, playing and hiking on uneven and even terrain, as well as lifting and moving boxes and equipment up to 25 pounds.
  • Spanish fluency desired

Housing:

A modest housing stipend will be provided to support housing costs.

Transportation:

A driver’s license is not required for work duties. While a personal vehicle is not needed, it might be helpful for personal use.  Public transportation is available throughout the city.