VetsWork: Looking Forward to My Future

It amazing to think that this VetsWork program with the Mt. Adams Institute is coming to an end. The experience I have had at Mt. Hood National Forest was completely amazing. I have had an opportunity to learn many new things and I have gained skills that will certainly help me in the future. Continue Reading…

VetsWork: A Fun Ride

Well we are coming to the end of the program, which is a little weird to say. I’ve done so many things, seen so many new and beautiful places, and met so many awesome people. Continue Reading…

VetsWork: First Impressions

Hello. I am Tylynn Scoggins and I work as a VetsWork AmeriCorps Intern for the Mt. Hood Ranger District in Parkdale, OR. During my first month as a recreational site surveyor, I had the opportunity to meet several great professionals who shared their experience working for the Forest Service. So far, during this time in Parkdale, I have worked on many small projects such as making fee signs for recreational sites and some maintenance work at different ranger stations and Mt. Hood Visitor Center. My coworkers and I have also been enjoying our time in the snow getting our snowmobiling certificates, so that we can go to lookout towers and provide maintenance work to ensure that these lookouts are ready for this year’s fire season.

In the carpentry workshop, we were working on fee signs for recreational sites, so that we can install them once spring arrives.

Changing lightbulbs at the Barlow Ranger Station in Oregon.

This is my coworker John, and our friend Fred who we have saved several times during our CPR and First Aid certification.

My coworker Ryan and I are at the Willamette National Forest learning how to collect data at recreational sites using Infra, and learning how much goes into keeping our recreational sites up and running for the public. During this time, we had the chance to explore new places and meet new friends all in having a wonderful time.

During our latest adventure getting certificates for snowmobiling, we’ve had a lot of fun with a lot of great people. I feel very lucky to be in a program with such awesome opportunities for the VetsWork interns, as well as being able to spend our time in the outdoors and learn new skills that will help us in our futures.


VetsWork: Getting To Know My New Office – Mt. Hood National Forest


My name is Ryan Toth, and I am one of two Mt. Adams Institute, AmeriCorps interns working as a recreation site surveyor for the Mt. Hood Ranger District in the little town of Parkdale, OR. So far during my first few weeks it has been quite the adventure going up on the mountain and doing a little bit of exploring while working and getting my qualifications.


Mt. Hood National Forest

My supervisor and their co-workers have been more than helpful during my transition into this internship; basically showing me the ropes of how things work around the district, and how the next year will be. I have already been offered to go out with multiple departments throughout the ranger district, as well as out of town trainings that I’m really looking forward to. I had no idea of all the jobs that the U.S. Forest Service has to offer, and really hope I don’t have a hard time choosing when it comes down to applying for jobs with them after my internship.

So far on the work aspect of things, we have started fixing up the discrepancies for the upcoming safety inspection, started making signs for local campgrounds, completed a few online training courses, and tuned up some snowmobiles for us to ride. We took the snowmobiles out and rode up to the Clear Lake fire watch, where we delivered tools and checked on the family currently renting it out. After we saw everything to be shipshape, we road to the other side of Clear Lake, looking at local campgrounds we will be upgrading, as well as doing a bit of exploring in my new office (Mt. Hood). Although a lot of it was still under a couple feet of snow, it was good to travel around and get a small glimpse of what I will be working on.

Clear Lake

I decided to attend what seemed to be a team building/safety meeting for the engineering department of the Forest Service, and was able to meet and greet most of the engineers based out of Mt. Hood National Forest headquarters in Sandy, OR. There I was able to learn a lot about their positions and how they operate when they are not in the field working. I also obtained potential fieldwork opportunities outside of my internship duties, in order to get a better understanding of the engineering field for future employment. I’m going to be learning quite a bit throughout the next year, so I am really looking forward to getting to know each department more in depth.