The Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a collaboration between the Forest Service and the Northwest Youth Corps to provide work and training experiences for eligible candidate’s 17 years old and up. The RAP is a rigorous, immersive work and learning internship for individuals interested in conservation, natural and cultural resource management, research and development, and other career opportunities with land management agencies. The program emphasizes the engagement of current students, recent graduates, and underrepresented populations. The program facilitates learning experiences for participants, under the supervision of Forest Service staff, while contributing to high priority work that demonstrates leadership, critical thinking, and strategic communication.

Benefits include:

  • A minimum weekly stipend of $350
  • A travel and training allowance of $1,250 for Forest Service approved work related professional development
  • Housing support
  • After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RAs may acquire a two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility

Professional development benefits are acquired through:

  • Practical on-the-job experience
  • Work assignments comparable to a minimum GS-04 grade level but may be higher
  • Training related to work assigned
  • Coaching and mentoring by Forest Service staff and networks



Contact Info:

For information on the RAP contact:

Jay Runte
Internships Director,

(541) 743-8590



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