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Transportation/ Civil Engineer Resource Assistant


Individual Placement/Internships

Job Location

Phoenix, Arizona

Tracking Code


Position Type


National Forest Service – Tonto National Forest


Term of positions is 12 months (52 weeks); full-time 40 hrs/wk


Phoenix, AZ

Living Allowance:

$18.75/hour + $1000/month housing allowance

($24.52/hour over the course of a 40-hour work-week)

Start Date:

Negotiable. Preferred start date in early April.

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by3/1/2023

Title of Position

Transportation/Civil Engineer Resource Assistant


Position Details

Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health. Stewards in partnership with the Tonto National Forest are seeking a Resource Assistant who will survey and inspect National Forest System roads and road features and assist with transportation engineering construction projects to promote public health and safety, improve the Tonto National Forest transportation system, mitigate potential risks of erosion and flooding to at risk ecosystems, and reduce sedimentation in drainage systems, other ground surfaces, and bodies of water. 


Position Responsibilities will include:

  •  Road Condition Surveys
  • Performs field condition surveys of National Forest System roads to support the health, safety, and effective performance of the Tonto National Forest transportation system.
  • Follows established Forest Service survey and data collection protocols.
  • Road Sign Surveys
  • Conducts sign condition surveys along National Forest System roads that have been prioritized for sign replacement.
  • Follows established Forest Service survey and data collection protocols.
  • Transportation Project Monitoring
  • Assists with transportation project site visits and inspections.
  • Gathers data used to monitor progress of contractors or field crews in achieving contract requirements and complying with project specifications.
  • Follows established Forest Service inspection and data collection protocols.
  • Data Management
  • Downloads data from Avenza Pro mobile application and other electronic devices
  • Performs data entry into the engineering system of record or other applicable databases, and corrects or updates any errors.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Certificate or degree in Engineering, Construction Management, or a similar field that equips applicants with the knowledge of basic methods, techniques, and procedures to conduct engineering analyses, surveys, and inspections.
  • Ability to evaluate roads and road features for potential safety and performance deficiencies.
  • Ability to use Microsoft applications and Adobe Acrobat software to generate inspection reports, perform calculations, and manage/organize data.
  • Ability to follow established survey and data collection protocols and maintain accurate records with minimal data entry errors.
  • Strong organization and communication skills - ability to work independently and with others to accomplish project objectives within established timeframes. Communicates progress and concerns to supervisor and is able to provide effective written and oral information exchange.
  • Follows all Forest Service safety requirements including check-in and check-out procedures during fieldwork. Comfortable working in Arizona summer heat.
  • Driver’s License and ability to pass MVR through Conservation Legacy (must be over 21 years old or have had license for 3 years)
  • Possesses a good driving record and the ability to drive a four-wheel drive on difficult roads.
  • Ability to get along well with others.
  • Enthusiasm for working in the outdoors and sharing with others.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  •  Experience working with GIS software - accessing data, creating layers, importing/exporting data, conducting geo-spatial analyses, and producing maps.
  • Technical proficiencies in data collection methods, including using digital tablets or other electronic devices.




  • Living Allowance: $18.75/hour (pre-tax)
  • $1000/month housing allowance (pre-tax)
  • $50/monthly commuting reimbursement. (pre-tax)
  • $5500.00 Professional Development and Training fund.
  • Eligible for health care after 60 days.
  • On-the-Job Experience
  • Training Opportunities
  • Coaching and Mentoring by FS Staff
  • Professional Development
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Paid Federal holidays and 40 hours of leave during 6 months of service
  • Eligibility for special Forest Service hiring authorities.


How to Apply
Apply on-line at:  In addition to your resume, please submit a one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.


*The USFS Resource Assistant Program (RAP) is a rigorous, immersive, paid internship providing developmental and training opportunities for individuals interested in learning more about Forest Service careers. After completing a minimum of 960 hours of satisfactory work and an associate degree, RA’s may acquire a two-year certificate of noncompetitive hiring eligibility. The certificate enables participants to apply to internal merit announcements for qualifying permanent General Schedule FS positions.


Please contact Roddy Cobb at with any questions.


Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

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