USFS Resource Assistants

United States Forest Service Resource Assistants work on Forest Service locations under the supervision of agency staff. Types of work include monitoring species, conducting research and supporting agency operations.

Unlike BIA Pathways, which focus on developing professionals in Forestry and Wildland Fire, students serving as Resource Assistants can find placement in any Natural Resource discipline, regardless of tribal enrollment.

Who can be a Resources Assistant?

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 17 years old. Anyone who meets age and citizenship requirements is encouraged to apply. Preference is given to individuals enrolled in institutions of higher education, especially minority-serving institutions.

PLEASE NOTE: SKC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual identification, gender, age, or disability, except as allowed by the Indian preference provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Students typically earn a salary of $500 per week for six months. Many opt to split their six-month term over two summers.

Internships currently pay just over $12.25 an hour.

Money is also available for Resource Assistants to attend one professional development event,  conference or training.


Check out our openings here.



Forest Service Managers can learn more about hosting an intern here.