MobilizeGreen Resource Assistant Positions with the U.S. Forest Service - Across the US - Spring 2021

Resource Assistant · Washington, District of Columbia
Department Resource Assistant
Employment Type Intern
Compensation $500+/week

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MobilizeGreen is a national nonprofit committed to jumpstarting green careers for diverse youth and recent graduates, while advancing environmental equity in communities across the country. We are currently recruiting for over 40 Resource Assistant (RA) Internship positions to start in April of 2021.  

In partnership with the USDA Forest Service, MobilizeGreen offers internship opportunities for college students (graduating before April 12, 2021), graduate students, and recent graduates. The Resource Assistants Program (RAP) provides flexible internship placements based in National Forests across the US for those interested in Forest Service careers. Resource Assistants work under the mentorship and coaching of Forest Service staff to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. The RAP was designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers. 

Each MobilizeGreen Resource Assistant starts their journey with a weeklong orientation, where they will meet other RAs and Forest Service staff from across the country and engage in skill building and career development activities. Once an RA arrives at their host site, they are supervised and mentored by a variety of Forest Service staff, engaging with experts from business, conservation, and science backgrounds, and learning more about careers as they work on vital projects within the Forest Service. Upon completion of the program, RAs receive a 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service, keeping the door open for exciting career opportunities with their host site, or with any of the 154 national forests across the country. MobilizeGreen will enhance your career opportunities, introduce you to key leaders in the natural resource field, and engage you on your career journey to a job with the Forest Service.

Resource Assistant positions cover a wide range of disciplines and work environments. Some examples of the types of positions available include:

  • Office Administration
  • Special Uses
  • Recreation
  • Forestry
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Biology/Ecology/Hydrology
  • GIS and Data Analysis
  • Architecture
  • Civil Engineering
  • Volunteer Coordination
  • Archaeology
  • Trail and Facility Maintenance

Location: MobilizeGreen places RAs in National Forests across the country.  We are currently recruiting for positions in the following locations (others may be added):

Custer Gallatin National Forest - Bozeman, MT

Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest - Dillion, MT

Idaho Panhandle National Forest - Coeur d’Alene, ID

Pike and San Isabel National Forests - Leadville, CO

White River National Forest - Glenwood Springs, CO

Medicine Bow and Routt National Forest - Laramie, WY

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests - Boulder, CO

Rocky Mountain Regional Office - Lakewood, CO

Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests - Paonia, CO

Los Padres National Forest - King City, CA

Lassen National Forest - Susanville, CA

Inyo National Forest - Bishop, CA

Angeles National Forest - Arcadia, CA

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit - South Lake Tahoe, CA

Mendocino National Forest - Willows, CA

Pacific Southwest Regional Office - Vallejo, CA

Klamath National Forest - Yreka, CA

Cleveland National Forest - Santa Ysabel, CA

Plumas National Forest - Quincy and Blairsden, CA

Eldorado National Forest - Pioneer, CA

Pacific Northwest Research Station - Blue River, OR

Savannah River Site - New Ellenton, SC

Land Between the Lakes - Golden Pond, KY

Ozark St. Francis National Forest - Hector, AR

National Forests and Grasslands in Texas - Lufkin, TX

Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest - Eaton, GA

Ouachita National Forest - Hot Springs, AR

Coconino National Forest - Flagstaff, AZ

 Commitment and Term :  

  • RA Positions are typically 6 months in length with some as long as a year.  
  • Positions in the Cohort we are currently recruiting for start April 12, 2021
  • These positions are Full Time/40 hours per week 
  • For most positions you will need to relocate*
  • There is a weeklong orientation at the beginning of the internship that all RA’s are required to attend 

*some positions may shift to virtual due to safety protocols around Covid-19

Benefits of being a Resource Assistant: 

  • 2-year direct hiring certificate with the Forest Service upon completion
  • Hands on learning and job training experience
  • Mentorship for career and professional development 
  • Weekly living allowance (at least $500 per week)
  • Provided housing or monthly housing allowance ($500-$1000 per month)
  • Relocation assistance 
  • Health insurance


  • US Citizen or permanent resident, 18 years of age or older
  • Current student or recent graduate of a higher education program (0-5 years out of school). We do not typically recommend that current students juggle school and a RA position at the same time. College or graduate students accepted to this program would need to graduate prior to April 12, 2021. 
  • Available full-time for at least 6 months starting April 12, 2021
  • Commitment to MobilizeGreen’s mission and the work of the U.S. Forest Service

Application and Timeline: 


  • October-November 2020: 
    • Submit Generic Resource Assistant Application by clicking ‘Apply Here’
    • Selected applicants will be asked to fill out a supplemental application form
  • November-January 2020: 
    • MobilizeGreen will will conduct a pre-screen call with you and match you with positions which you will be able to review 
  • January-February 2021: 
    • MobilizeGreen will recommend 3-5 candidates for each position to the Forest Service
  • February 2021: 
    • The Forest Service will interview those candidates and select one for the position
  • February-March 2021: 
    • MobilizeGreen will onboard the selected candidate 
  • April 2021: 
    • Selected candidate attends orientation and begins service


MobilizeGreen is an equal opportunity employer. We are an organization committed to diversity. Women, people of color, indigenous people, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, military veterans, and members of other historically disenfranchised groups are encouraged to apply.


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  • Location
    Washington, District of Columbia
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    Resource Assistant
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