18 Oct
Fire Dispatch & Logistics-Shawnee N'tl Forest-U.S. Military Vets Only (Murphysboro, IL)
Kentucky, Owensboro

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The Shawnee National Forest, in partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute and AmeriCorps, is now offering a full-time, paid internship for U.S. Military Veterans.
***For more open positions and detailed position descriptions with full application instructions, please visit: mtadamsinstitute.org/internships/ or contact Katie Schmidt, Recruitment Coordinator, at (509) 395 3465 or recruitment{@}mtadamsinstitute.com.
Position Title: Fire Dispatch and Logistics Intern
Position Summary: In partnership with the Mt. Adams Institute, the Shawnee National Forest will offer training and real-world work experience for an intern interested in natural resource management with a focus on wildland fire. The intern will serve as a Fire/Logistics Dispatcher in an Interagency dispatch center. The areas involved encompass federal, state and private lands within the dispatch center's area of operation. The center is responsible primarily for wildland fire preparedness and suppression support activities, but may respond to all-risk incidents as needed.
The intern will learn a variety of computer software programs and communication infrastructure to support the movement of resources to support firefighting and other activities, as well as help prepare, display, analyze and disseminate data regarding firefighting resource status, weather and fire danger conditions, personnel training and qualifications, and similar tasks.
The intern will have the chance to attend other fire and natural resource-related trainings during the term of service. They may also join the wildlife management, recreation management, trails, wilderness, engineering, timber or other crews for specific projects and to gain additional experience/training. The intern would also have the opportunity to interact with a variety of other federal, state and local agencies and organizations, and the public at large.
General Responsibilities (to include, but not limited to):
1. Daily radio operation and communication and documentation of radio traffic.
2. Tracking initial attack resource availability/status.
3. Provide support to initial attack and extended attack resources (food, supplies, hotels, busses, ect.).
4. Tracking, ordering, processing and filing resource orders for aircraft, crews, equipment and overhead.
5. Flight following with aircraft and communication with air traffic control centers.
6. Track SHF resources going into and out of the field.
7. Maintain logs and records.
8. Support and status of prescribed burns - location, duration, resource commitment.
9. Upward reporting to the Eastern Area Coordination Center.
10. Daily validation and input of weather into fire danger forecasting software.
11. Coordinating with the National Weather Service to obtain general and spot weather forecasts, and red flag warnings.
12. Situation reporting and preparation of daily briefings.
13. Coordination with local 911 centers and county emergency management.
14. Maintenance of website and dispatch communications products.
15. Input training and qualifications data for employees and cooperators.
16. Entering and validating fire occurrence and weather data.
17. Complete a Community Action Project that is identified by the Intern, researched, and implemented during the term of service.
18. Attend and complete all MAI/AmeriCorps training and service requirements including orientation, trainings, team meetings and national service days.
19. Complete and submit all necessary MAI/AmeriCorps paperwork and reports in a timely manner.
20. Wear an MAI uniform and/or appropriate identifiers and required safety gear while performing service or attending official events.
Position Requirements:
1. Must have a valid driver's license, clean driving record and ability to provide documentation. Must comply with Driver Certification and Safety Agreement (see VetsWork Application Documents on website).
2. Attend a mandatory orientation in Dover, TN from 3/5 to 3/9, quarterly Intern trainings and quarterly Intern meetings.
3. Ability to read and interpret maps.
4. Moderate computer skills to include data entry, running reports, and editing in various database programs (training provided on Agency-specific programs.)
5. Must have good verbal communication skills.
6. Ability to collect accurate, detailed information on a variety of types, including physical description, measurements, and assessments of condition/operability.
7. Regular and reliable attendance; intern will normally work 40 hours/week; there will be occasional weekend or evening work; some flexibility in work schedule will be allowed.
8. Support enforcement of federal laws and regulation while working on the Forest.
9. A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as part of a diverse team.
10. Meet other requirements of federal employee (eg. background check)
11. Must have served in US Armed Forces and have a DD214 with an honorable discharge.
12. 21 years of age at beginning of service term.
13. U.S. citizen, national or lawful permanent resident.
14. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent, or commit to earning one prior to receiving an education award.
15. Ability to commit to the full 45-week term of service.
16. Selection, placement and retention are contingent upon passing the National Sex Offender Public Register and a national FBI fingerprint check. Position does not have recurring access to vulnerable populations.
17. Members are eligible to serve up to four terms of service and receive AmeriCorps Education awards for each term of service up to the value of two full time education awards only. It is the responsibility of the applicant to inform MAI of any previous service in an AmeriCorps program, regardless of whether or not they completed the previous term(s) of service. MAI is not liable for providing an Education Award to a member if they are not eligible under the Corporation for National and Community Service AmeriCorps guidelines.
Preferred Qualifications:
1. Background in emergency management, communications, natural resources, or related field.
2. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
3. Ability to work in high-stress environments; calm under pressure.
4. Computer skills for data management (Word, Excel, Access, internet and similar programs).
***Visit: mtadamsinstitute.org/internships/ for a full position description and application instructions.***
***To view a short video about Mt. Adams Institute's VetsWork program visit mtadamsinstitute.org/programs/.
Benefits include:
-$1,200 Monthly Living Allowance
-$5,815 Education Award
-Health Insurance
-Child Care Assistance
-Student Loan Forbearance
-Networking/Professional Development/Training Opportunities
***For more open positions and detailed position descriptions with full application instructions, please visit: mtadamsinstitute.org/internships/.

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