USFS Hispanic Access Resource Assistant Fellowship

The US Forest Service (USFS) and Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) have partnered to connect Latino and Latina professionals with careers in natural resource conservation. For this reason, the USFS Hispanic Access Resource Assistant Fellowship (RA Fellowship) program was designed to recruit, hire and train participants at USFS national forests and offices throughout the United States.

Project Goal & Objectives

Our goal for this project is to build a strong community of inspired, skilled, culturally, ethnically, and economically diverse young people who have experienced natural and cultural resource careers. This will result in a diverse workforce of conservationists that reflects the diverse tapestry of our nation.

Through this project, HAF will select and oversee twelve highly motivated participants, ages 18 and up, who will work on research or resource protection activities through 1 year paid fellowships involving hands-on work with, and training by, professionals employed by the USFS.

Selected candidates will be introduced to various tasks and projects in the USFS, such as conservation education, resource interpretation, communication strategies, and rehabilitation activities through their assignments at USFS sites and through informal and/or formal training sessions provided by USFS employees. Participants will receive specialized training, mentoring and ongoing support from HAF to effectively carry out their assignments and to build or enhance skills such as culturally appropriate or community outreach in a manner consistent with local site priorities. RA Fellows will gain an understanding of professional opportunities in natural and cultural resources, as well as build skills and experience required for success in these careers.

Each fellow will receive a weekly stipend of $400 based on a 40-hour workweek, and a transportation stipend. Housing, or a housing stipend, will be provided. Housing arrangements will vary by site.  

Basic Eligibility

  • Ages 18 and up
  • Possess US citizenship or US work authorization
  • Have a strong interest and/or relevant experience in areas pertaining to natural and cultural resource management
  • Bilingual skills (Spanish/English) are preferred but not required for all positions
  • Be available to work full-time (40 hours per week) starting January 2018 through December 2018

Timeframe

  • Applications must be submitted by October 25th, 2017.
  • Top candidates will be selected for interviews by the beginning of November and will receive additional details about specific assignments.
  • Final placement decisions and assignments will be made by the end of November 2017.
  • The one-year fellowship period will begin in January 2018 and conclude by December 2018.

Selection criteria

Candidates may express interest in specific sites while completing their application. Specific assignments will be based on best fit with the unique requirements of each USFS forest and/or office. Final candidates will undergo a background check before beginning their assignment. Applications will be reviewed and rated according to the following criteria:

  • Relevant educational and work experience
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Professionalism, technical knowledge, and expertise
  • Adaptability and ability to work effectively with diverse audiences.
  • For all sites, priority will be given to local candidates
  • Applications will be reviewed as they are received 

Available Positions

The available fellowship assignments with USFS are listed below. 

Angeles National Forest, Supervisor's Office  
Arcadia, California
Public Affairs Assistant
Read Description and Apply 

Eastern Regional Office
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Urban Connections Program - Urban Connections Fellow 
Read Description and Apply 

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
South Lake Tahoe, California
VOEDA Interpretative Ranger  
Read Description and Apply 

Leadville Ranger District
Leadville, Colorado
Youth Engagement Coordinator
Read Description and Apply 

Lincoln National Forest, Smokey Bear Ranger District
Ruidoso, New Mexico
Wildlife Fellow 
Read Description and Apply 

Mendocino National Forest
Ukiah, California
Interagency National Monument Fellow  
Read Description and Apply 

Rio Grande National Forest
Monte Vista, Colorado
Heritage Program Fellow   
Read Description and Apply 

San Juan National Forest
Durango, Colorado
Partnership & Volunteer Coordinator 
Read Description and Apply 

San Juan National Forest, Chimney Rock National Monument
Pagosa Springs, Colorado
Research Assistant Fellow 
Read Description and Apply 

US Forest Service Headquarters
Washington, DC
Conservation Education/Partnership Coordinator 
Read Description and Apply 

US Forest Service Headquarters
Washington, DC
Wilderness and Wild & Scenic Rivers Fellow 
Read Description and Apply 

USFS Rocky Mountain Region
Lakewood, Colorado - Idaho Springs, Colorado
Field Ranger and Outreach Coordinator 
Read Description and Apply