Volunteer Internship Opportunities

RED RIVER GORGE and CAVE RUN LAKE Volunteer Opportunities

Interns are official U.S. Forest Service Volunteers. The Forest will provide supervision, mentorship, and training that will lead to valuable professional experience, which can be documented on future federal employment applications. The Forest Service can work with your school to create internships to earn college credit. Depending on the length of commitment, an intern may be eligible for volunteer housing and some reimbursement.  All positions typically last from 10-15 weeks (some can be longer) and dates can be flexible to accommodate your schedule.

VISITOR CENTER INTERN – RED RIVER GORGE AND CAVE RUN LAKE

Visitor Center Interns staff the front desk at the Gladie Visitor Center in the Red River Gorge or at the Cumberland Ranger District Visitor Center at Cave Run Lake.  Interns greet visitors, and provide excellent customer service by answering questions related to recreational opportunities, natural and cultural resources, and Forest rules and regulations. Interns also assist with Forest activities including special events, programs, and educating the public about Leave No Trace principles. The best candidates will be outgoing and comfortable interacting with the public in a professional manner.  Positions work weekends and holidays.

Red River Gorge Gladie Visitor Center positions available March - November.

Cave Run Lake Visitor Center positions available Memorial Day – Labor Day.

BACKCOUNTRY RANGER INTERN – RED RIVER GORGE

Red River Gorge duties include rehabilitating backcountry campsites, closing illegal paths and campsites, maintaining Forest trails and trailhead facilities, educating visitors about the best recreation practices and Leave No Trace principles, recording visitor use, and monitoring archaeological resources. The best candidates will be able to hike long distances, use hand tools, and work in a variety of weather conditions. Candidates should be comfortable interacting with the public to share Forest rules and regulations in a professional and respectful manner. Position works weekends and holidays.

Backcountry Ranger Intern positions available March – November.

For Additional Information contact: Eric Dodd, Assistant Recreation Officer eric.dodd@usda.gov or 606-663-0576

Amie Owens, Support Services Specialist amie.owens@usda.gov or 606-784-6428





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