Forest service seeks veterans for program


Hoosier National Forest staff is working with a program called VetsWork to hire three seasonal interns.

The program was developed by the nonprofit Mount Adams Institute as a career training program for military veterans.

The program entails 45 weeks of hands-on training in which participants will learn while supporting natural resource, recreation, community engagement and volunteer coordination projects on the national forests. Participants will receive training and experience on topics pertaining to a variety of natural and cultural resources.

The experience and training in the VetsWork program is designed to encourage veterans to explore potential career options with the forest service.

In the Hoosier National Forest program, two positions will be located at Bedford and one at Tell City.

Participants will work in a variety of programs, including recreation, wildlife habitat and forest management projects, will help lay out and mark timber sales and help with prescribed burns.

The jobs are open to any veteran with an honorable discharge who is at least 21 and can pass the physical requirements.

For information or to apply, visit and click on employment opportunities.

Mount Adams Institute is working with national forests across the Midwest to train veterans for potential careers in public lands/natural resources management. The Corporation for National Service (AmeriCorps) has provided additional support.

The program begins Feb. 22. Participants receive a living stipend, basic health insurance, an AmeriCorps education award of $5,730 and other benefits.

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