Expected Dates
January 22, 2023 to May 14, 2023
Position ID
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is partnering again with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to administer the Integrated Fire and Recreation (IFR) Internship. This program is a full time, 16-week, paid internship opportunity which prioritizes mission-critical work in fire and recreation while providing young adults with a high-quality internship experience. We value and seek greater diversity in our programs to enrich and broaden our community and tackle ever-changing and more complex conservation and social issues. We seek a diverse group of candidates and encourage applications from female-identifying or members of other marginalized communities interested in employment with USFS.

The internship will start with a two-week training with basic firefighter training (S-130 & S-190), an arduous work capacity test, and basic trail management and maintenance. After the training, interns will spend approximately 14 weeks on districts implementing what they learned in the field. Upon completion of their 640-hour internship, interns will have the opportunity to earn the Public Land Corps Hiring Authority giving them eligibility to apply to merit vacancy announcements for two years with the Federal Government. Check out this quick 5-minute video about the program for an in-depth look and to hear from alumni.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Staff, Conservation, Full Time, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders



US Citizen or Permanent Resident
18-30 years of age
Completion of Associates or Bachelors degree
Background in natural resource management or biological sciences a plus.
Physically fit
Interested in working outside
Positive attitude
2.0 or high GPA
Vehicle required for service
*A Health Screening Questionnaire will be required from each member. A physical might be required before WCT can be administered. Financial assistance may be available if required.
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About Student Conservation Association

Today, SCA’s mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of the environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land. Members participate in a variety of capacities and contexts. Beyond national parks, members work on marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks, and community green spaces in our nation’s urban centers. Members do land management, habitat restoration, trail building, disaster rehabilitation or prevention work, environmental education, public outreach, and more.

Application Instructions

Please click on the application to view full Position Description. Submit Application Here: https://www.thesca.org/serve/position/2023-integrated-fire-and-recreation-ifr-internship-candidates/po-00734235