Civil Engineering Interns Resource Assistant - ONSITE - Pacific Northwest Region, Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest

Sedro-Woolley, Washington, United States | Resource Assistants Program | Contract


Start/End Dates: July 2024 - July, 2025

Compensation: $750 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical Insurance provided upon request

Application Due: Until Position Filled


The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers. You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

  • a college graduate.

* A personal vehicle is required for this position. 


Position Description: 

The Civil Engineering Interns Resource Assistant will perform one or more of the following duties as they develop toward a higher-level position: assisting civil engineers in various engineering tasks related to transportation, facilities, environmental, and structural engineering. These duties include conducting preliminary surveys and site investigations, participating in transportation and facilities planning, evaluating project economic feasibility, preparing design criteria,  developing design and contract package components, providing contract administration assistance, and responding to emergencies.



  • Making preliminary road locations, testing road surfacing materials, gathering data for maintenance surveys, participating in inspections, and performing a variety of other duties to gain work experience and training.

  • Making design calculations and preparing specifications for selected portions of projects related to forest development facilities. These projects may include roads, trails, water and wastewater facilities, buildings, bridges, culverts, and other engineering facilities. Assist in inspecting construction projects for adherence to approved plans and specifications. 

  • Assess compliance with respect to dimensions, designated material usage, progress of work, and other relevant factors. 

  • Data collection, construction inspection, and contract assembly

  • Conducts topographic and alignment surveys for selected projects using surveying instruments. Prepares field notes and assists in creating topographic and detailed maps. Transfer field notes into detailed drawings, develop preliminary road gradients, prepare design data forms, compute project quantities, and transfer these quantities and final gradients to plans.



Major studies relevant to this position include Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Engineering Construction Management. Knowledge in basic professional civil engineering principles and concepts is necessary to apply standard engineering practices in limited phases of survey, design, construction, and/or maintenance projects. The ability to articulate thoughts effectively, both verbally and in writing, is required to document and report on technical aspects of work.

  • Knowledge of fundamental engineering principles

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Willingness to learn 

  • Ability to take initiative

  • Experience with or willingness to learn engineering software

  • No professional experience required. 

  • Physical capabilities include working in remote forest locations (hiking/walking on rough terrain), operating government vehicles, and minor lifting such as transporting surveying equipment to and from project sites

  • Ability to multitask, work independently, and communicate effectively


Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

All RAP interns receive Direct Hire Authority (DHA) at the successful conclusion of their internship. DHA status enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans' preference, and "rule of three" procedures. For more information, please click HERE.


EEO Statement

Environment for the Americas provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.