Site Location: National Forests in North Carolina (Asheville, NC)
Position Description:
This 24-week program is a rigorous work and learning experience that provides exposure to the Forest Service, development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on generations to come. Participants will gain experience in cultural resource management, inventory strategy, and project planning. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee a small team of personnel responsible for inventorying, evaluating, and advising on heritage and cultural resource management, to include determining the effects of projects on cultural resources and recommended mitigation.
  • Provide advice on identification and management of Heritage and Cultural Resources Program, including development of immediate objectives, integration with resource activities, and establishment or priorities. Assist in ensuring integration with heritage and cultural resource activities and establishment of priorities.  The Heritage and Cultural Resource Program covers one or more resource area, such as the protection of historic and pre-historic properties and artifacts. Coordinate the budget and project plan of work for the unit's archeological and cultural activities within the NF unit.
  • Design inventory strategies as part of the land use planning process based on Forest-wide priorities and needs.
  • Organize, supervise, or directly perform inventory of areas. Work includes preparation of maps, inventories, reports, and records related to the discovery, protection, inventory, salvage, and interpretation of heritage and cultural resource areas.
  • Review reports as part of project planning to evaluate the quality of the inventory, the completeness of the report, and the significance of heritage or cultural sites found.  Prepare determinations of effect for such projects identified during project inventories.  Recommend mitigation procedures.
  • Determine eligibility of historical properties for the National Register of Historic Places. Provide heritage and cultural resource management orientation to Forest Service personnel on statutes, regulations and purpose of work to be performed.
  • Interpret heritage and cultural resources to the public and professional contacts through presentations at visitor facilities, professional journals, etc.
  • Develop contract specifications for heritage and cultural resource work and as delegated, and act as COR or inspector on such contracts.
  • Assist in developing and carrying out projects related to stewardship enhancement and public interpretation of heritage and cultural resources, such as partnership agreements and site steward programs.
  • Interpret heritage and cultural resources to public and professional contacts through presentations at professional conferences, visitor facilities, professional journals, etc.
  • Ensure program data for documentation submission including contracts, National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) eligibility criteria, legal documents to fulfill programmatic requirements, and internal reports.

Participants will gain:

  • A two-year hiring authority allowing interns to apply to internal Forest Service positions.
  • Mentorship from a master performer throughout the program in an apprentice-style setting that trains them specifically for a pre-identified permanent position in the Southern Region.
  • An invitation to a Southern Region job fair to apply for full-time positions.  The timing of the job fair will coincide with the ending of the internship

Participants should:

  • Have an interest in natural resources, public service and connecting people to their public lands.
  • Be willing to move to locations in the Southeast.  For this internship, a permanent position for which the intern is highly encouraged to apply is located in Heflin, AL.

Start Date: July 10, 2017
End Date: December 22, 2017
Stipend: $12/hr


Questions? Email Eboni Preston at
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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