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Special Uses Permits Intern

  2022-11-21     Mt. Adams Institute & Tongass National Forest     2108 Halibut Point Road, Sitka     2000 month  

The following is a paid, AmeriCorps 10.5-month career-development internship that requires U.S. Military Veteran status (DD 214 will be collected with application documents.)  Visit for additional positions across Alaska. 

Position Title Special Uses Intern

Partner Organization Tongass National Forest


Project Location Sitka Ranger District, 2108 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, AK 99835

Service Dates February 6, 2023 to December 15, 2023 (1700-hour position)

Position Summary

In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute (MAI), Tongass National Forest will sponsor a VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern to serve as a Special Uses Intern. The mission of the Tongass Special Uses team is to connect people to their national forest in ways that directly benefit lives and livelihoods. We work to meet the needs of today’s users, while sustaining the land and resources for future generations’ use and enjoyment. The purpose of this position is to develop and grow the Intern's knowledge and skill in applying and executing the principles, knowledge, and techniques of special use administrative work in order to achieve the team's mission.

This position involves regular contacts with other people. Parties involved typically have cooperative attitudes, with occasional uncooperative encounters with special use proponents, permit holders, or the public. Comfort serving with a diverse group of people will help in this position. The position is primarily office-based with occasional field duties. Tasks performed outdoors involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks associated with backcountry travel.


  • VetsWork is an apprenticeship program approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor. Members with G.I. Bill benefits may be able to dual enroll as an apprentice and access their Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) of up to approximately $2,400 per month. Actual benefits vary by individuals’ qualified benefits.
  • $22,500 living allowance – paid monthly over the 10 ½ -month term of service ($500 weekly, before taxes).
  • $6,495 education award (qualified student loans and/or education expenses)
  • Loan Forbearance
  • Health Care Insurance
  • Child Care Reimbursement
  • Professional development, trainings and networking opportunities.
  • A $1000/month housing stipend provided by service site.

Essential Functions

To include, but not limited to:

  • Receives formal and on-the-job training in skills, techniques, and procedures by performing a variety of productive special uses administration tasks.
  • Performs all aspects of special uses administration activities.
  • Reviews proposals, processes applications, issues simple special use authorizations.
  • Performs on-the-ground inspections and compliance reviews.
  • Generates and tracks cost recovery and land use bills.
  • Assists with maintenance of the Special Use Data System (SUDS), the database of record for the program.

Position Requirements

To include, but not limited to:

  • Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Basic knowledge of computers and the skills to prepare documents using word processing programs.
  • Ability to independently enter and exit vehicles, boats, floatplanes, and helicopters for field travel.
    • Ability to serve 40 hours a week, on average 8 hours per day, Monday - Friday during regular business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm). Field travel may require weekends and may vary from one day to several days in duration.
  • The position requires varying proportions of office and field-oriented duties. Office duties will require some time communicating with special use proponents and holders, Forest Service staff, outside interest groups, tribal officials, and other federal and state agencies. Office duties will require long periods at a workstation inputting, organizing, and interpreting data. Field duties may involve driving, hiking, climbing, and other forms of outdoor physical activities.
    • Duties performed outdoors involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks associated with backcountry travel; moderate discomforts such as exposure to wind and low or high temperatures; moderate exposure to environmental factors such as insects, poisonous plants, or irritating chemicals; or serving in areas known to be frequented by hostile wildlife such as wolves or bears.
  • Must have served in the Uniformed Services of the United States, including Guard and Reserves and have a DD214 with an honorable or general under honorable (on case by case basis).
  • At least 21 years of age at beginning of service term.
  • U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.

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