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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Internship opportunities available with National Forest

  • Mark Twain National Forest will have a number of internship opportunities this year for college students who have an interest in and are majoring in recreation management or similar fields.
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  • Mark Twain National Forest will have a number of internship opportunities this year for college students who have an interest in and are majoring in recreation management or similar fields.
    Opportunities may be located on any one of the forest’s districts. In some cases, interns may work with the forest on one district for at least half of their internship and then work on another district or supervisor’s office for another portion of their internship.
    “Realizing that each university has different requirements, and each student has different goals and brings a different background and different skills to the job, we try to tailor the experience to the specific situation,” said Nancy Feakes, Mark Twain National Forest recreation manager. “Not all parts of the job will be challenging or fun. At some point, you may be answering phones, surveying visitors, doing data entry or mowing lawns and cleaning toilets — those are all part of what we do.”
    Feakes said the internship will focus on matching intern interests with forest needs and will try to allow the student to shadow or assist for a few days in one or more other functions, such as timber, engineering, fire or wildlife.
    Qualifications, expectations:
    • Most interns are required to pass a background check. Interested interns will need to provide license information and consent to check personal records at least two to four weeks prior to their starting date.
    •  Most interns are required to have a valid state driver’s license, to take defensive driving and to have a relatively clean driving record.
    • Most recreation interns will be required to work Saturdays and may also work Sundays. The actual work schedule will be negotiated, but interns should expect to work four to five hours per week if they are receiving housing or a housing subsidy.
    • Interns will need to provide boots and suitable clothing for the job assignments and to utilize the gloves, hard hats and other safety gear provided.
    • Because the interns represent Mark Twain National Forest, they are expected to be on time, to be courteous and respectful to all other employees and members of the public, and to follow the same rules and protocols as forest employees.
    • While most opportunities are for volunteers, Mark Twain National Forest has some options to offset or reimburse students for some expenses they may incur as a result of their internship.
    • Some districts have housing available in a bunkhouse setting for interns who will be working in a full-time capacity not within commuting distance, which is generally 35 miles. Interns may be sharing a room with another person at least part of the time, and may be sharing the house with up to five others.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Interns who have to secure housing within commuting distance may receive reimbursement for a portion of their housing costs.
    • Interns who commute from their home and do not receive any housing assistance may receive a negotiated mileage reimbursement.
    Questions about available opportunities can be directed to the recreation staff for the districts that students are interested in or by contacting Jane Mobley, forest manpower development specialist, at jmobley@fs.fed.us or 573-996-2153 or Feakes at nfeakes@fs.fed.us or 573-341-7472.
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