Recreation Planner (Landscape Architect)

Site Location: Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests (Edgefield, SC)
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 the development of annual work plans and the execution and administration of short range plans relating to recreation, wilderness, wild and scenic rivers, scenery management, and recreation planning. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to: 

  • Evaluate recreation needs in planning, organizing, advising on, and administering recreation activities and programs which promote the physical, creative, social, and environmental development of participants.  Conduct surveys and studies of existing dispersed and developed recreation facilities and their present use and demand.
  • Provide specific program input into the overall natural resources management planning process. Coordinate with other natural resource disciplines ensuring program requirements are included in the project planning and execution. Based on studies of recreation areas and activities, recommend potential sites or areas for additional recreation use and planned development with suggested priorities for development.
  • Develop, plan, and monitor new construction of parking areas, trailhead facilities, campgrounds, picnic areas, parking areas, and access roads in consultation with other resource personnel. Implement recreation plan objectives and inspects the full range of recreation uses.
  • Develop plans for potential sites or areas for additional recreation use and planned development. Gather relevant information and project cost for recreation facilities, maintenance, and operation. Develop source documents for managing and carrying out management plans. Participate in the development, administration, and execution of annual work plans for recreation resources in compliance with agency guidelines and direction.
  • Visit project sites to perform site analyses. Prepare recreation and scenic resource specialist reports, including design features and proposed mitigation measures in graphic and written form for a variety of management activities.  
  • Participate in the development of land management plans related to recreation, scenery and related resources; works with other resource staffs to develop scenic character descriptions and goals, scenic integrity objectives, and to integrate ecological, social, and cultural influences regarding aesthetics, scenery, and recreation.  Assist in monitoring the Forest's accomplishments of scenic character goals and scenic integrity objectives.
  • Develop environmental documents including environmental impact statements concerning proposed recreational sites, wilderness and wilderness trails, wild and scenic rivers, and other natural resource projects. Use INFRA and other databases to maintain unit information in order to monitor recreation resources program activities. Communicate program information to the public regarding the agencies management practices, rules, and regulations. Work with Federal and local law enforcement agencies to ensure compliance with federal laws, reporting all known violations of law or regulations.

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 Edgefield, SC.
  • Be interested in working in and fostering an inclusive work environment.

Application Deadline: May 13, 2017
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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