Recreation and Lands Fellow

Hispanic Access Foundation

Job Description


Recreation and Lands Fellow

Duration 8 Month Fellowship: Starting February 5, 2024

Location Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
Comanche Ranger District, 27204 Highway 287, Springfield, CO

Fellowship Description

The Resource Assistant will assist with programmatic develop in both the Recreation and Lands-Special Uses Programs on the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. There are a variety of projects that the Resource Assistant will have the opportunity to assist with or to spearhead in both the recreation and lands programs. Proposed projects include: field inspections using Esri Field Maps, administration of lands and recreation special use permits, developing a fee-system for recreation facilities on the grasslands, establishing grants and agreements to expand our recreation offerings, and growing our community outreach program. The Resource Assistant will have an office-field ratio of about 70-30 throughout their time on the Grasslands. This position is ideal for a self-starter with broad area of interest who is eager to learn about how the lands and recreation programs operate on a National Grassland.

The RA will have the opportunity to collaborate with FS staff and to travel to various project sites in the course of their work. A valid driver’s license is required for this position, there is no public transportation, but a government vehicle will be available.

Fellows will work and communicate with a HAF Program Manager 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 blog posts highlighting their experience and development.

Special or Preferred skills
  • Comfortable working independently outside, in all weather conditions
  • Is good at networking and creating partnerships within the Forest Service as well as with private and non-profit groups and individuals
  • is proficient in and enjoys writing and communicating clearly;
  • has experience conducting field inspections using Esri Field Maps
  • is experienced at creating maps in ArcPro and ArcGIS Online

Minimum Qualifications
  • Ages 17 and up
  • Available to work full-time (40 hours per week) for 52 weeks/1 year
  • Starting June 2023
  • 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
  • Environmental Science or Natural Resource degree or similar majors preferred, 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 2023 in Denver, CO. Travel arrangements covered.
  • People from all US states and territories are encouraged to apply.

Stipend + Benefits
  • $750 weekly pay stipend based on a 40-hour workweek*
  • $1000 monthly housing stipend
  • $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 and 40 hours of leave
  • 80 hours of PTO for a 12 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
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Two References, not recommendation letters
  • Copy of Drivers License

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 Anastasia Hernandez at

Applications for this position are due on Friday, October 27, 2023 11:59 pm EST.

About Us
The Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are in Rural Southeastern Colorado and Southwestern Kansas. There are 3 offices that the Resource Assistant will work at in: Elkhart, KS, La Junta, CO, and Springfield, CO. The duty station for this position will be in Springfield, CO where there is a bunkhouse ~7 miles from the office. Springfield is a small town surrounded by grassland and beautiful canyons with petroglyphs, dinosaur tracks and the occasional fossil. Springfield is a small community, with a few restaurants and other businesses and is 3.5-hour drive from Pueblo CO and Colorado Springs.

The team out of Elkhart, La Junta and Springfield share resources and collaborate on many projects. As a Resource Assistant you will have a chance to meet and go into the field with all of our Grassland Staff and will be a welcome addition to the team.

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.

*Please mention you saw this ad on JobsInNonprofit.*

Apply Now

Be Seen By Recruiters at the Best Nonprofits

Create a FREE Profile to be Seen!

Want to stand

Nonprofit Hiring Begins Here.