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Special Uses Intern
Ref No.: 20-00073
Location: Harrisburg, Illinois
Position Type:Internship
Start Date: 09/21/2020
Pay Rate : $ 12.00 - 15.00 /Hour

This position will assist the Forest’s realty specialists in processing special use permits, with a focus on expired permits. Duties will involve both office and field work, including gathering and collating complex information, ground-truthing permit information, data entry in the SUDS database, working with GIS to compile spatial data, communication with customers, development of permit documentation, and permit inspections. The position will receive training and experience in the agency’s special use permitting process and SUDS database, as well as some introduction to other aspects of the Lands program and other Forest Service programs. .

Spanning 289,000 acres, Shawnee National Forest is nestled in Southern Illinois between the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. It features strikingly beautiful oak-hickory forests, flourishing wetlands, lush canyons, razorback ridges and unique geological features. A rare convergence of six natural ecological regions results in a diversity of plant and animal species. With nearly 1 million people visiting annually, the forest serves as a retreat to Americans living in urban areas; more than 30 U.S. cities are within a six hour drive.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with all aspects of Special Use Permit administration for activities within undeveloped and developed areas of the unit.
  • Reviews applications, determines potential impact on land and other visitors, and prepares documents associated with the permit.
  • Assists with performing compliance checks and inspections on existing permits under the Special-Use authorization.
  • Reviews a wide variety of uncomplicated special use permits (land use, recreation, and non-recreation) and minerals permits; making certain the use to be made of the land is compatible with Forest Service programs and objectives and that each permit fully protects the public interest.
  • Assists with internal coordination and review of permits and other lands and recreation proposals. This includes assisting in the preparation of the environmental analysis report (Categorical exclusion, EA, or environmental impact statement), for a variety of Recreation and land projects.
Experience and Qualifications
  • Recent college/graduate student with a degree in any field acceptable.
  • Ability to acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of laws and government policies; interpersonal communication, public speaking and/or customer service experience. Demonstrated ability to compile, manage, and report on multifaceted data.
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Ability to work independently with a curious mind.
  • Have some experience writing reports, conducting formal, or informal, presentations, experience with the Microsoft suite of products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are most used), and some knowledge of GIS would be helpful
  • Ability to perform duties in an office setting, as well as, field assignments which could require off-trail hiking through arduous terrain in hot-humid weather using a map and compass; GIS/GPS experience a plus
  • Ability to perform duties in an office setting as well as field assignments involving foot travel in remote forest areas