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Transportation/Civil Engineer Resource Assistant

Tonto National Forest – Supervisors Office

Length: Term of positions is 52 weeks; full-time 40 hrs/wk

Location: 2324 E. McDowell Rd. Phoenix, AZ


$18.75/hour (pre-tax), plus $1000 monthly housing allowance (pre-tax) ($250 per week)

Start Date: July 8th, 2024

Application Due Date:

Preference given to applicants that submit application by at least six weeks prior to start date.

Position Title

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 an intern 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.


The position will support the Tonto's Civil Engineering Program by assisting with major highway and facilities projects.  Major duties include reviewing engineering design plans, evaluating environmental clearance documents, performing project inspections, collecting field survey data, conducting inventories, and developing engineering reports. The intern will work with the Arizona Department of Transportation Liaison and the Facilities Engineer at the Supervisor’s office in Phoenix, AZ. This position is both field going and includes office work.


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. 
  • Trainings for activity:
  1. Avenza Pro mobile application, which will be used to collect field survey data
  2. Introduction to Forest Service road standards
  • 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. 
  • Trainings for activity:
  1. Avenza Pro mobile application, which will be used to collect field survey data
  2. Introduction to Forest Service road sign standards
  • 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. 
  • Trainings for activity:
  1. Introduction to Forest Service Engineering construction projects
  2. Introduction to Forest Service public works inspection and contracting
  • 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.
  • Trainings for activity:
  1. GIS/ArcMAP


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.
  • 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. 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by Conservation Legacy (over 21 years old or drivers license for at least three years).
  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Must have High School Diploma or GED
  • Must have or be able to obtain a post-secondary degree by end of service (Associate’s or higher)


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.



  • $1,000.00/month living allowance. (pre-tax, $250 per week)
  • $50/monthly commuting allowance. (pre-tax)
  • $4,750.00 Professional Development and Travel fund. 
  • On-the-job training related to position responsibilities. 
  • Eligible for Health Benefits after 60 days of employment


*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 as well as a Direct Hire Authority for FS Career positions.


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.


Application Questions: Please contact Roddy Cobb Jr. at for any questions. 


Conservation Legacy is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to hiring a breadth of diverse professionals and encourage members of diverse groups to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, political affiliation, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during application or recruiting process, please send a request to the hiring manager.