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Recreation Technician-Military Vets Only

  2022-11-23     Mt. Adams Institute & Tongass National Forest     3031 Tongass Ave, Ketchikan     $2,000 month     Sign On Bonus: GI Bill Benefits, Free Housing, Education Award, Free Health Insurance  

VetsWork is an eleven-month career development internship program for military veterans interested in the natural resources management, public lands, and environment sector. VetsWork participants are placed at local, state, and federal land management agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service where they provide project support while learning about various career paths. 

Contact Katie Schmidt, Recruitment Coordinator for more information. {{{katie[at]}}}

Position Summary

In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute (MAI), the Tongass National Forest will sponsor a VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern to serve as a Recreation Technician. The Intern will support all facets of the Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District Developed Recreation Program. This role will assist with the maintenance and cleaning of recreation sites focusing on the Ward Lake area. This is the “backyard” of Ketchikan and is an off-the-road system. There are three campgrounds, three day use shelters, a day use picnic area, and multiple trails. This multiuse area is highly used year-round for day hikes, school events, and special events such as weddings, graduation parties, and birthday celebrations. The Intern will also be assisting our Cabin Program Lead with the maintenance of our recreation cabins. These cabins are remote and accessed by floatplane or boat. In addition, trail maintenance is an ongoing project on the District that will include simple trail repairs to trail reconstruction to brushing. This position will include a lot of project variety that will make for a great resume-building experience. There will be opportunities for independent and team projects.

Essential Functions

To include, but not limited to:

  • Clean campsites and day use areas: cleaning bathrooms, sweeping floors, cleaning out fire pits and fireplaces, and picking up litter.
  • Minor trail maintenance, brushing and logging, and clearing culverts.
  • Assist trails program lead with replacing boardwalk and spreading gravel.
  • Assisting cabin program to perform maintenance (roof repair, painting etc.), brushing, and firewood stocking.
  • Carpentry including but not limited to:
    • Create and install route sign
    • Build and repair picnic tables.

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 lift 50 lbs and hike 5 miles with 50 lb. pack.
  • Stay overnight at remote cabin locations.
  • Willing to perform duties in bear habitat (bear safety training provided).
  • Receive and pass safety classes on watercraft, aviation and bear safety.
  • Ride on small fixed wing float planes and small watercraft several hours to remote destinations.
  • 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.
  • Ability to commit to the full 45-week term of service.


  • 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.
  • Free housing is provided by service site.

Transportation Information

  • Airfare is provided at the start of our program; from Intern’s location to the Service Site (up to $700)
  • Upon successful completion of the program, airfare is provided from Service Site to Intern’s home (up to $700)

How To Apply

Email the following application materials to Katie Schmidt at

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter (one page; one for each position)
  • Three Professional References (former supervisors - military, civilian, or academic)
    • Include - Name, Title, Relation to you, email & phone number.
  • DD 214 – (with Honorable Discharge):
  • A “General Under Honorable” discharge considered on a case-by-case basis
  • Must be long form “Member 4 copy” (has 30 total boxes of information).

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