VetsWork is an eleven month 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 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.
Meet Our Interns
2022 VetsWork: Aaron (Armando) Penales
2022 VetsWork: Kayden Walton
2022 VetsWork: Kyle O’Brien
2022 VetsWork: Taylor Payton
2022 VetsWork: Samuel Kauffman
2022 VetsWork: Robert Alwood
2022 VetsWork: Donald Hollingsworth
2022 VetsWork: Damon Jackson
2022 VetsWork: Taylor Cunningham
2022 VetsWork: Taran Snyder
2022 VetsWork: Luke Duvall
2022 VetsWork: Drew Bryant
OPEN Service Positions
- There are no open VetsWork Internships at this time.
Service Positions by State
FILLED – USDA Forest Service – Alaska Regional Office: Lands and Realty Management Intern (Juneau, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest: Recreation Technician (Juneau, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest: Recreation Technician (Ketchikan, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest: Special Uses Intern (Sitka, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest: Natural Resource Specialist (Petersburg, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest, Thorne Bay Ranger District: Recreation Technician, Thorne Bay, AK
FILLED – Chugach National Forest: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician (Anchorage, AK)
FILLED – Chugach National Forest: Invasive Species Specialist (Anchorage, AK)
FILLED – Chugach National Forest: Survey Technician (Anchorage, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest: Visitor Information Assistant (Ketchikan, AK)
FILLED – Tongass National Forest: Geologic Technician (Juneau, AK)
FILLED – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): Habitat Restoration Specialist (Anchorage, AK)
FILLED – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Eagle Creek Hatchery: Biological Science Technician (Estacada, OR)
FILLED – Umatilla National Forest: Conservation Education Assistant (Pendleton, OR)
FILLED – Malheur National Forest: Trails Operations and Projects Facilitator (Prairie City, OR)
FILLED –National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries – Restoration Center: Salmon Recovery Specialist – 2 Positions (Portland, OR)
FILLED – Deschutes National Forest – Bend-Fort Rock District: Fleet Mechanic Assistant (Bend, OR)
FILLED – Malheur National Forest – Recreation Operations Intern (Prairie City, OR)
FILLED – Mt. Hood National Forest – Recreation Technician (Parkdale, OR)
FILLED – King Conservation District: Forest Stewardship Technician (Renton, WA)
FILLED – Gifford Pinchot National Forest—Wind River Work Center: Forestry Technician (Timber Sale Prep) Carson, WA
FILLED – National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries – Restoration Center: Salmon Recovery Specialist – 2 Positions (Seattle, WA)
FILLED – Olympic National Forest: Recreation and Community Engagement Technician (Forks, WA)
FILLED – Pacific Northwest Regional Office –Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest: Condition Assessment Surveyor (Everett, WA)
FILLED – Gifford Pinchot National Forest: Recreation Resources Technician (Randle, WA)
How to Apply
Include the Following:
- Cover Letter
- Include one for each position you’re applying to (you can apply to more than one).
- If you are unfamiliar with cover letters, click here to learn more.
- Copy of your DD 214
- 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:
Use this form to contact Recruitment.
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.