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Minerals Inspector Internship
Ref No.: 19-00002
Location: Milam, Texas
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 01/07/2019
While learning about the overarching mission of the US Forest Service, the intern will be engaged in well-rounded training for a year.  The internship will center on the Minerals and Land Uses programs. The primary activities will be conducting annual inspections on a variety land uses, interacting with oil and gas companies who hold federal and/or private minerals leases, interacting with existing or prospective permit holders of land use authorizations (special use permits), assisting in processing of special use and mineral permits and coordinating with district minerals/lands specialist. The Minerals/Land Uses Intern will be trained by a minerals specialist and will gain experience in the following areas:
  • Project planning, including pre-work assignments
  • Planning field logistics and relationship management
  • Driving to and conducting inspections of oil and gas well locations and permitted land uses such as right-of-ways for pipelines, roads and a variety of utilities located on the Angelina and Sabine National Forests.
  • Writing up reports and drafting permit documents using Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Using ArcMap to create maps and entering data in Forest Service databases.
  • There will be typical office work like filing, developing briefings, attending project meetings, note taking, etc.
  • The intern will assist with other program areas (engineering, recreation, wildlife, timber, archaeology) on the planning and/or implementation of miscellaneous projects.  The objective is to gain knowledge and exposure on the various resource management operations of the agency.
  • There will be travel of which a majority of it will be local (i.e. within the administrative boundary of the Angelina-Sabine Ranger District).  Extended travel off forest is possible for off forest trainings or meetings.
  • The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion in the field including walking across well sites, roads, trails, or in the forest through dense vegetation. It also requires driving independently to worksite locations across the two forests. Work may also involve carrying loads, using tools for facility or trail repairs like shovels, machetes, hammers, etc.
Work Environment
Work is performed both out-of-doors and in an office setting. This internship involves moderate discomforts such as exposure to cold/hot weather, and will need to follow safety precautions provided by the Forest Service.   During fieldwork, the employee is required to wear a hard hat and boots in the field and other personal safety gear (long sleeves and pants, ear plugs, gloves, fire retardant clothing as needed.)  The intern will be working alongside a staff that is located at three duty stations, two of which have offices.
Required Training
  • Intern needs current First Aid/CPR and Defensive Driving certification.
Minimal Requirements
  • A valid State driver’s license is required
  • Satisfactory driver's record
  • MS Office Suite, Intermediate skills in Word and Excel
  • Arc Map GIS - preferred
  • Preferred Training - Not Required
  • NEPA training -preferred
  • OSHA experience
  • Contracting Officer Representative experience-preferred
  • Special Use experience -preferred
  • Forestry Tech students