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Resource Assistants help the Forest Service accomplish mission-critical work as they work to attract and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce. The Resource Assistant's Program is designed for emerging professionals to launch their natural and cultural resources careers. RA's will receive hands-on learning experience, mentorship, coaching to complete mission-critical work while developing leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication skills. MANRRS is proud to offer undergraduate and graduate students amazing internship opportunities that support our mission!


  • Practical, on-the-job experience in natural and cultural resource management careers 
  • Coaching and mentoring by Forest Service staff and partners
  • Weekly stipend; housing, travel, and training allowances; and optional health care
  • Networking access to career opportunities with Forest Service units 
  • Eligibility for the RAP Direct Hire and Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility authorities for 2 years after successful completion of the program



  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents over 17 years old. 
  • Preference is given to individuals enrolled in institutions of higher education, especially minority-serving institutions.