Resource Assistant (Budgeting)

Site Location: Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests (Columbia, 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 budget and financial support. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Serve as a key point of contact for budget and financial coordination and tracking for the program.  Participate in the annual work plan process by assisting in the development and execution of the annual budget.  Carry out monitoring, spending, tracking, providing information on costs, upward reporting, and reviewing for consistency, accuracy, and procedural requirements.
  • Perform other administrative duties such as travel, human resources related tasks, records maintenance, correspondence, reports, procurement, contracting, grants and agreements, property, research reporting and tracking, research plans, facility liaison, utilities, wireless devices, safety and security support, vehicle tracking and reporting, meetings support, etc.
  • Process requisitions making sure that funds are available, work plans are correct, and that the procurement documentation is signed and attached. 
  • Maintain awareness of applicable laws, regulations, directives, and policies for administrative work within their area of responsibility. Identify, develop, recommend, and implement new systems or processes to combine, simplify, eliminate, or improve administrative policies, plans, and procedures to provide effective solutions. Disseminate relevant administrative information to unit employees. 
  • Serve on committees or assists with special projects in either a lead or supporting role.  As needed, participate in the development and/or implementation of administrative procedures for use within the staff or throughout the Station.

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 Columbia, 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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