VetsWork is a career development internship program for military veterans interested in the natural resources management, public lands, and environment sector. VetsWork participants are placed at local, state, and federal land management agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S Fish & Wildlife Service, and NOAA where they provide project support while learning about various career paths.

VetsWork Is Many Things

  • A career development program where participants learn new skills and build professional networks.
  • A workforce development program where land management agencies have an active role in shaping its future workforce .
  • A community and national service program (AmeriCorps) that engages veterans in civilian service to our public lands and natural resources.
  • VetsWork participants receive a modest living stipend, an AmeriCorps education award and basic health coverage.
  • Read Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about VetsWork here.

VetsWork Internships

Positions by State

How to Apply

Include the Following:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
    1. Include one for each position you’re applying to (you can apply to more than one).
    2. If you are unfamiliar with cover letters, click here to learn more.
    3. Include your motivation for applying to the position(s)
  • Copy of your DD 214, member 4 copy
  • Three professional references: Include their name, phone number, email, and relation to you.

Your application will not be considered without all of the required documents.

Email completed applications with documents to our recruitment coordinator, Erica Bingham, at:

Latest Field Notes

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Taylor Davis

With just under a month left of my Forest Service internship with the Recreation Department on Mt. Hood’s East Zone, I...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Tom Bonnette

The last few months working as a Rec Tech (recreation technician) at the Homochitto National Forest through the...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Jacob Brainard

Here at the Savannah River Forest, my fellow Mt. Adams VetsWork intern and I have spent the last few months filling in...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Olivia Day

The Mississippi heat can be a bit unbearable at times, but getting to help conserve threatened species and work with...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Jodie Robinson

I am five months into my internship working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and I am loving...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Robert Ontiveros

During my time here, I have covered a wide variety of tasks, from trail work to community events and public outreach....

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Joey Anderson

As a Recreation Resources Technician on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Randle, Washington, my main job is to...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Exploring Alaska’s Secrets from Mines to Glaciers with Austin Kief

The year started off slowly but that gave me plenty of time to get familiar with Juneau and Forest Service systems. I...

2023 VetsWork Field Note: Clearing the (Fish) Pass by Alexander Apelis

Alexander Apelis here, a Vetswork intern with the Petersburg Ranger District serving as a Natural Resource Specialist...

2023 VetsWork: Logan Napoli

Recreation Technician on the Mark Twain National Forest

2023 VetsWork: Joe Aluia

Wildlife Tech on Huron Manistee

2023 VetsWork: Jean Draudt

I grew up in Moore, Oklahoma. I enjoy hiking, geocaching, photography, collecting plants, and being able to go places...

2023 VetsWork: Tom Bonnette

Forestry Technician (Recreation) on the National Forest in Mississippi

2023 VetsWork: Evan Daley

Biological Assistant (Fisheries) on Six Rivers National Forest (NOAA)

2023 VetsWork: Baylor Mann

I grew up in West Florida and spent a lot of time in the water. When I wasn’t in the water, I was camping or hiking. I...

Partners & Sponsors

As a partner of the program, your organization directly benefits from the support of a VetsWork intern on projects that you determine, such as volunteer coordination, trail maintenance, habitat restoration, special uses/permitting/surveying, education, and any other aspect of public lands / natural resources management. Additionally, you have the opportunity to train a potential new member of your workforce.

Partners are required to provide a cash match, have time to supervise/mentor the intern and be available for specific program-related training. It might sound like a lot, but our past partners would tell you that it’s worth it.

If you and/or your organization are interested in sponsoring a VetsWork intern, please contact us via the button below.

Current Program Partners