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Position.      Sub-Regional Volunteer Coordinator

Duration.     8 Month Fellowship (32 weeks): Starting June 2024 (dates are dependent upon the start date)

Location.     Supervisor’s Office, San Diego, CA | Palomar Ranger District, Ramona, CA

Fellowship Description.

The position is located within the U.S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region (California). The Resource Assistant (RA) will be responsible for the development, coordination, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the volunteer program on the Cleveland National Forest. The ideal candidate should enjoy working with people. The position requires the RA to have excellent written and oral communication skills. The RA will communicate with Forest Service employees on multiple forests as well as regional office staff, volunteers, academic professionals, community partners and state and local government officials. The position requires the RA to be professional, articulate, organized, creative, detailed oriented, and innovative.


  1. Assist the forest in collaborating with partners and volunteers to develop a strategic approach to the volunteer program including project development, training, skills building and safety.
  2. Developing and processing simple participating agreements and individual and group volunteer agreements, including risk analysis.
  3. Performing a detailed analysis of the volunteer program on the Cleveland NF to identify trends, areas of success, program gaps and improvement needs. Includes engaging and surveying forest staff, partners and volunteers, and reviewing forest websites and other public facing media.
  4. Develop and conduct workshops and webinars for forest staff, partners and volunteers to share information pertinent to the volunteer program.
  5. Report forest volunteer’s service, and conservation education accomplishments, develop briefing papers, gather data to develop annual forest accomplishment report and develop volunteer best practices and operating procedures.
  6. Fellow may participate in a variety of complex and recurring technical duties either individually or as a crew member within the unit’s various recreation program areas.
  7. This position will work under close supervision of a Resource and/or Recreation Specialist.

Fellows will work and communicate with a HAF Program Associate during their fellowship. Fellows will be expected to participate in scheduled conference calls, webinars, and meetings conducted throughout their term. Fellows will capture photos and/or videos for reporting purposes and submit 3-5 blog posts highlighting their experience and development.

Special or Preferred skills.

The ideal candidate:

  1. Direct experience interacting in a public setting or customer service role.
  2. High level of organizational skills, attention to detail and excellent note taking.
  3. Skill or ability to communicate orally and in writing, in person and virtually.
  4. Demonstrated experience or skill with computer programs or software such as: Microsoft Office Suite (word, excel, PowerPoint, publisher, etc.)
  5. Ability to learn new skills quickly.
  6. Active listening skills.
  7. Ability to work independently, collaboratively and in a team setting.
  8. Is comfortable working independently outside, in all weather conditions.

Minimum Qualifications.

  • Ages 17 and up
  • Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) for 32 weeks
    • Starting June 2024
  • Driver’s license required
    • RA will be required to drive a government vehicle
  • 3rd or 4th year undergraduate student, recent grads, or young professionals
    • Minimum: completed 2 years at accredited university or earned an Associate’s degree or higher
  • Business, communications, education/environmental education, forest resources/forestry, natural resource management, outdoor recreation, physical science, sociology, social science, but open to a variety of Bachelors or Masters degrees and recent grads with strong writing skills
  • US citizenship or permanent residency. Interns must undergo a government background check if selected.
  • Participation in US Forest Service Orientation Training scheduled for June 2024. Travel arrangements covered.
  • People from all US states and territories are encouraged to apply.

Stipend + Benefits.

  • $1,500 biweekly pay stipend based on a 40-hour workweek*
  • $1000 monthly housing stipend and $50 monthly commuting stipend
  • Optional health care benefit provided by the RAP partner at no cost to the resource assistant
  • Up to $2,750 available for Forest Service work travel, orientation, trainings, professional development opportunities that align with RA role and goals
  • Paid Federal holidays
  • 56 hours of PTO for an 8-month internship
  • Direct Hiring Authority Eligibility – after completing a minimum of 960 hours (excluding orientation week), DHA status provides special non-competitive hiring status when applying for Forest Service positions.

*Interns are hired as temporary employees; taxes may be withheld from stipends.

Application Requirements:

  • Resume
  • Two References, not recommendation letters


HAF is managing the recruitment for these positions. All applications should be submitted through HAF’s MANO Project application page. A resume and two references will be required for submission. Your application or resume should include professional and educational experience, along with any awards, technical skills or volunteer activities. Application questions or issues may be directed to Carina Chavez at

Applications for this position are due by  April 28th at 11:59pm EST. Phone interviews and final decisions will be made by mid May.

US Forest Service Mission.

To sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Hispanic Access Foundation Mission.

Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that connects Latinos to partners and opportunities improving lives and creating an equitable society. HAF’s vision is that all Hispanics throughout the U.S. enjoy good physical health, a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success and civic engagement in their communities with the sum improving the future of America.