River Rangers Outreach and Education Intern


River Rangers is an outreach and education program of the Pisgah National Forest that is operating through a multi-organization partnership.  This program is designed to promote the balance between recreation and conservation of Pisgah National Forest’s waterways to ensure future use.  In this position the Education Intern will be working with the US Forest Service, The Pisgah Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, and Public Land Corps.  

Work Environment

This position is located within a National Forest. The primary purpose of this position is to perform a variety of duties in support of the unit's management program in the areas of fisheries, recreation, wildlife, trails and special uses.  The Intern will be stationed out of the Pisgah Ranger Station near Brevard, NC.  They will be working alongside a lead educator, and 5 other interns.  Most work will be in the field, with little time spent in an office setting.  The Intern will need to be able to lift up to 50 lbs., wade in streams of various depths, and be prepared to work in all types of weather conditions.


The education intern will patrol river corridors and initiate public contacts in the field to enhance the user's river experience and protect the river resource through dispersal of information.  Keep records of visitor use levels, types and patterns, and reports to the Lead River Ranger. Conducts education programs addressing water safety, Leave No Trace camping, river management, angler etiquette, angler conservation and wilderness philosophy. Develops and conducts river education programs in the local community. Analyzes ways to educate users.

Performs routine maintenance at dispersed recreation sites including site cleanup and naturalizing. Documents destruction to or impacts on campsites, recreation areas, and waterways.

Intern may occasionally assist in creel surveys and conduct inspections of outfitter guides for Forest Service and NC Wildlife Resource Commission.Responsible for maintenance and care of assigned vehicles and field equipment.

Duration of work

Tentatively May 13, 2020 - August 12, 2020

Compensation and Work Hours

Compensation will be $10/hr, not to exceed 40 hours per week, with some weekends and holidays required. Please note, housing is NOT provided.


Must currently be enrolled in college or recently graduated (within the last year), obtaining a degree in Natural Resources Management, Biology, Environmental Science, Education, or the like.

Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of flora and fauna of WNC, and basic natural resources management.  Experience working with the general public, particularly in the realm of environmental education or interpretation.  Experience working in the outdoors.  Strong verbal communication.  CPR/First Aid certified (preferred).


Please contact Ericka Hincke with any questions at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Deadline for Applications

Please send a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Ericka Hincke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 5th, 2020.