The Hiawatha Interpretive Association Summer Internships 2018 Internships sponsored by Hiawatha Interpretive Association Hiawatha National Forest is recruiting to fill three Hiawatha Interpretation Association (HIA) Internship positions for the summer 2018 season. Estimated Start Date: Start between April 15th and Memorial Day Interpretive interns will each work an average of 40 hours/week providing information and customer service to forest and local visitors. They will attend trainings, develop programs, work on career development, and present programs. They will implement lighthouse walking tours, act as ambassadors for the USFS and HIA at special events such as Yooper Day and Grand Island Day, develop and implement campground programs, and present evening programs such as Dark Sky programs and campfire programs. Kids in the Woods (KIW) days, roving, tabling and other impromptu engagements will be required and emphasized as an aspect of this internship. With a newly formed partnership between the Forest, HIA, and a local partner, information delivery may be in a different environment using alternate methods. The opportunity to interact with visitors in a new and exciting manner will allow for creativity, increased interpretive programming, and exploration of various means of interpretive interactions and customer service. Interns will be scheduled to meet the interests and needs of forest visitors at multiple locations including but not limited to the Munising Ranger District Office, local visitor information center, Grand Island National Recreation Area, as well as specialized programming at the Rear Range Light, forest campgrounds, local schools, Kids in the Woods, and community events. Interns will answer phones, return messages, design flyers, operate cash register, restock retail inventory, and maintain cleanliness of visitor area and restrooms. Responsible for providing visitors from around the world with information, often of a repetitive nature and in a fast-paced, busy location. Interns may spend time in May and/September assisting with conservation education programs in local schools. Scheduling will be drafted and monitored by FS staff. Intern should remain flexible and can expect to work alone, with other interns, or alongside FS staff. Opportunities for occasional work in other FS departments can be arranged to allow exposure and awareness to the vast array of careers available, dependent upon intern interest and availability. Incumbent should expect to work weekends and holidays. Length of the internship is 14-18 weeks. $250/per week stipend Government housing (bunkhouse style with communal kitchen and restroom facilities) will be provided. $150 mileage, maximum reimbursement amount for use of personally owned vehicle for official travel when government owned vehicle is not available ($0.54/mile) Work Conditions Some of the work for these positions will be in the outdoors.  Conditions will vary from cool to very hot to humid to rainy. Incumbent should be in good physical condition and needs to be equipped with leather boots, long pants, and long sleeve shirts each day to protect the body from the elements, scratches and insect bites.  Any specialized equipment required by the Forest Service for specific tasks will be provided by the government.  Students will participate in tail-gate safety discussions prior to starting any new activities and will be thoroughly briefed on job hazards.   Student should also expect to spend long hours indoors, mostly in a visitor center environment. Position involves standing extended periods of time and may involve use of office equipment such as computers, copiers, laminators, and phones. A Forest Service uniform will be provided and will be worn for the majority of work days. Requirements A valid state driver’s license is required for all of these positions and successful applicants will have to attend defensive driving training to utilize government vehicles for work.  The ability to work independently without direct supervision is essential.  Applicants should be enrolled in a natural resources or related environmental science curriculum but this is not required. Duty Station Munising Ranger District is located at the junction of H-58 and M-28 in Munising.  The District manages the portion of the Hiawatha National Forest that lies in Alger, Schoolcraft and Marquette. The Hiawatha National Forest lies in the central and eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Approximately 1 million acres fall within the Forest boundary. Hiawatha National Forest’s uniqueness stems largely from its proximity to three Great Lakes.  The Great Lakes affect its weather, recreation opportunities, scenery, historic sites, hydrology, and ecosystem diversity.  The Forest’s recreation niche, “Your Great Lakes National Forest” captures some of this uniqueness by focusing on the Forest’s “Great Lakeshores” (Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron), “Great Lighthouses” (Point Iroquois, North Light, East Channel Light, Christmas Range Light, Peninsula Point and Round Island Lighthouse); “Great Islands” (Grand Island, Round Island, and St. Vitals Island); and “Great Snow” (referring to the hundreds of inches of snow that fall each winter). Hiawatha National Forest is divided geographically into two units.  The Forest’s West Unit, includes the Munising Ranger District and the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District.  The West Unit is home to shoreline on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan.  The Forest’s East Unit includes the St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie Ranger Districts, including a work station located in Raco.  The East Unit includes shoreline on Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. MISSION:  Hiawatha National Forest sustains the health, diversity and productivity of the Forest’s resources to meet the needs of present and future generations through conservation.  We will accomplish this mission through: Integration - We achieve Forest goals through interdisciplinary planning and implementation of projects, emphasizing teamwork. Innovation - We achieve Forest efficiency and effectiveness working with partnerships, stewardship contracting, volunteers, and better systems approaches. Safety - Our core values include safety and wellness, which guide our daily operations. Diversity - We strive to develop a versatile workforce to serve our diverse public. VISION: Your Great Lakes National Forest inspires unforgettable experiences and sustaining ecosystems and livelihoods through collaborative, science-based land management. Community Information Munising (population 2,355): Located on the shore of Lake Superior, surrounded by protective hillsides and picturesque Munising Bay, Munising is a scenic treasure-trove.  The Munising area boasts the gateway to Hiawatha National Forest, Grand Island National Recreation Area, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, numerous waterfalls, and a host of other natural wonders, all in close proximity. Some rental properties may be available starting at $500 per month and up. The cost of living is 15% lower in Munising than the National Average. The largest city in Alger County, Munising is the county seat. It supports several community service organizations, civic organizations and an active local government. New businesses are welcomed and supported by a strong network of business professionals. The name Munising is derived from the Ojibway language. 'Munissi' means island. 'Munising' means near the island. Grand Island is located one half mile north in Munising Bay. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Communities for Youth, Alger County truly is a great place to raise a family. Our connectivity to the outdoors, along with a strong sense of community make Alger County an excellent place to call home. Surrounding Area Marquette (population 19,700) is the Upper Peninsula’s largest city.  Located on Lake Superior about 45 miles west of Munising, it is conveniently located in which to find additional options including medical services, shopping, art, culture, entertainment, restaurants and more.  Marquette is home to Northern Michigan University and U.P. Health System Marquette a Duke LifePoint Hospital, numerous clinics, several malls and large chain stores, a food co-op, theaters, and a YMCA. Escanaba is located about 65 miles south of Marquette and has a population of 14,000.  It is the third largest city in the Upper Peninsula and is the county seat of Delta County.  Escanaba is home to Bay de Noc Community College and OSF Health Care St. Francis Hospital and Medical Group, numerous clinics, restaurants, shopping amenities, churches, and a YMCA. For more information about these positions please contact Brenda Rebitzke, West Zone Recreation Program Manager, at 906- 474-6442 ext. 2119. If you are interested in the above opportunities, please send a completed resume, including references, and a cover letter to Brenda at by March 15th. Selections will be made from candidates that apply by the stated deadline.
A Non-Profit Membership based organization dedicated to Supporting the Enviromental Education and Interpretive Efforts of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Our Purpose is to provide for visitors’ enhanced enjoyment and understanding of the Hiawatha National Forest’s Munising Ranger District, including Grand Island National Recreation Area, and the Rapid River Ranger District.  The HIawatha Interpretive Association assists the Forest Service by providing financial support to accomplish the following educational objectives: * Promoting wise stewardship of the National Forest Lands. * Interpreting natural and cultural   heritage through educational programs, publications and exhibits. * Encouraging no-trace camping. * Enhancing forest visitor’s recreational opportunities. * Helping visitors learn about National Forest management.
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