Recreation Technician

Site Location: George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (Natural Bridge Station, VA)
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 the unit’s recreation program.  Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for implementing both annual and long-term work plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites (campgrounds, day use sites, recreation residences, etc.).  Assist other resource personnel to develop long-range plans for managing recreation resources within management developed and dispersed recreation sites on the unit. Identify potential problems arising from changing use patterns and new activities and recommends strategies to deal with them.  Assist in the development of plans for recreation area maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and construction projects in accordance with program management objectives and policies.  Participate in the development of the unit’s annual work plans. 
  • Prepare detailed project work plans and schedules, including required personnel, equipment, and supplies for specific assignments.  Assist in the implementation of recreation operation and maintenance plans for developed and dispersed recreation sites.  Gather, compile, and recommend improvements for developed and dispersed recreation sites on the unit. 
  • Serve as the point of contact with community organizations and interest groups to generate interest in and use of forest recreation facilities.  Involve the community in program and activities.  Determine and recommend possible public involvement.  Coordinates group visits with operational personnel and communicates schedules and requirements for logistical support.  Recruit and train volunteers.
  • Serve as contracting officer’s representative (COR), determining when contracting is the best means to complete a project.
  • As Collection Officer for recreation sites, collect fees, counts, and reconciles money collected, and ensures deposits are made appropriately.  Participate in all aspects of Special Use Permit administration for activities within undeveloped and developed areas of the unit.  Assist in enforcing Federal Regulations and to protect life and property.
  • Maintain developed sites, e.g., roadside and backcountry dispersed sites.  Make repairs, removes or replaces facilities, or closes areas of facilities when hazards cannot be promptly eliminated.  Maintain District recreation facilities such as toilets, road closure gates, hand pumps, water systems, picnic tables, fire rings, barriers, dumpsters, and other miscellaneous structures. 
  • Determine informational and regulatory signing needs for the unit, including arranging for installation, and monitors for effectiveness.  Help to keep sign inventory current. 

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 Blacksburg, VA.
  • 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



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