Women in Wildland Fire Program

Forest Service
Dixie National Forest, Escalante Ranger District

“This girl is on fire…” –Alicia Keys

Actually she’s putting it out, mopping it up and controlling it. She’s a part of Fire and Aviation Management. Want to make a difference while doing something different? Want to spend the summer outside caring for the land? Want to challenge yourself and learn valuable leadership skills? Apply to be a “call when needed”  wildland firefighter in southern Utah with Women in Wildland Fire on the Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-La Sal National Forests. Deadline: March 4, 2016 http://bit.ly/UTwiwf2016app

Public Affairs Intern

Dixie National Forest

Position Description:  Public Affairs Intern

Hourly Rate: $15.31/hr; 20- 29 hrs/wk.

Employment Period: Approximate dates November 30, 2015 – January 9, 2016 (negotiable start date and possible extension of internship length)

Number of interns: 1

The Women in Wildland Fire program on the Dixie National Forest is a new program promoting workforce diversity in wildland fire and aviation management.

The duties of the internship may include a variety of tasks:

  • Marketing/branding project centered around wildland fire
  • Developing web content
  • Creating program communications plan
  • Writing public service announcements
  • Providing public information for ongoing wildland fire related activities
  • Aiding with multi media: photo library, audio and video productions
  • Assisting forest Public Affairs Officer with press releases, social media updates and communication

Additionally, other duties will include working with the Women in Wildland Fire program to develop marketing and branding materials for recruitment and retention purposes. The intern will work with the forest Public Affairs Officer (PAO) and the Women in Wildland Fire (WIWF) Grant Lead to develop a communications framework and materials for public outreach. The intern will also assist the PAO with routine dissemination of public information and help with ongoing special projects. The work can be mentally challenging and demands creativity and innovation regarding public information. The intern may be expected to visit field sites to gather information on current forest activities and speak to employees and public to gather information. The duration of commitment for this position is approximately 6 weeks between approximately November 30, 2015 to January 9, 2016, with negotiation on dates and possible extension. Work shifts can consist of, but are not limited to, 8 hours days 3-5 days a week (as allowed by the IIC policy). This position will require hard work, devotion, working with the public and a good attitude that will be rewarded with spectacular views, great recreation and valuable work experience.

The Dixie National Forest is the largest national forest in Utah, occupying almost two million acres, and stretches for about 170 miles east to west, straddling the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. (www.fs.fed.us/dxnf/dixie.html).

Recreation activities on the Dixie National Forest range from hiking alpine mountains and slot canyons, to mountain biking slick rock and single track trails, to riding all-terrain vehicles along the Great Western Trial. The Dixie National Forest receives a lot of recreation use by visitors of the three surrounding national parks and one national monument: Zion, Bryce, and Capitol Reef National Parks, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. Both Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks are within an hour and a half drive.

Application Procedure




Please follow all instructions to insure your application is complete. If your application does not provide all the information requested on the forms and in the position announcement, you may lose consideration for a position.

Submit resume, education transcripts and the IIC application either by email or in person to: Marcia Gilles mgilles@fs.fed.us or 1789 N Wedgewood Lane, Cedar City, UT.

For more information please contact: Marcia Gilles 435-865-3730 or Megan Saylors 435-826-5478

Graphic Design Internship

The internship length covers approximately early-October 2015 through mid-March 2016 with up to approximately 10-20 hours each week.

Pay Range: $11.95 per hour

Contact: Braden Yardley, braden_yardley@nps.gov, 435-703-4237

Position Description: The citizen science graphic design intern will serve as an integral member of the resource management division at Cedar Breaks. The intern will be expected to work independently to complete the design of a 15-20 page citizen science guidebook. The information and activities in the guidebook have been completed by resource management staff at Cedar Breaks. This job will require the intern to summarize the information and photos collected. Designing the book should be completed according to National Park Service design standards. The booklet should also be completed in a way the public can easily navigate and understand the activities contained therin. In addition to completing the design phase of the booklet, the intern will work with printing to offices to get the book in final form.

Position Qualifications: Applicants should have a high level of motivation, good communication skills, self-starter, dependability, meticulous organization skills, and ability to work in both office and outdoor environments, although outdoor activities will be very limited. Additional skills include: proven experience with computers and proficiency in knowledge of design programs, familiarity with photo editing, proof-reading, and working independently with minimal supervision. Targeted academic majors include Graphic Design, Communication, Journalism, Art majors, and Outdoor Recreation in Park and Tourism.

Application Procedures: Applications must be received by October 9, 2015. Submit IIC application, resume, transcripts, and statement of interest.

Volunteer Opportunities to get you outdoors Fall 2015

Public Lands Day:
Sept. 26, 2015

Thunderbird Gardens:
Celebrate the Cedar City BLM opening their new Trail System!

7:30 Registration and T-shirt pick up
8:00 Grand Opening of the Thunderbird Canyons Trail System/ribbon cutting.
8:30 Construction of fence/trail/kiosk and trash clean up.
12:;00 Close and head home

To get to Thunderbird Gardens, travel south on Main Street from University Blvd. Turn east on 900 North (as if you were going to the golf course). Continue east(ish) on the dirt road past the dikes until you see the trail head.

Contact: Liesel Whitmore, Cedar City BLM Recreation Technician (435) 865-3012 or email lwhitmore@blm.gov

Cedar Breaks National Monument: Collecting native seeds

This year’s Public Lands Day service project will be to collect native seeds for restoration porjects. The even starts at 9:00 AM and will commence at 3:00PM. If you plan to attend please check-in at the Ranger Station anytime from 9:00AM to 2:00PM. Lunchy will be provided, but please make sure to wear proper clothing, including sturdy shoes and a jacket, and to also bring a water bottle.

Contact: Michael Bell, Cedar Breaks Bio-Tech at 435-586-0787 ext. 4041 or email michael_r_bell@nps.gov

Build the South Town BLM TRail System
September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31

7:00-5:00 (you can come and leave any time).

IMBA is building a six mile loop near the Southview trailhead at the south end of Cedar City. This trail will consist of a 4 mile green climbing trail and a 2 mile downhill flow trail. This is a machine built trail and needs finish work. The IIC Crew works on the trail each Saturday from 7:00AM to 5:00PM. If you are interested in assisting with the trail work bring some or all of the following tools: finish rake, hand clippers, hand saw, Mcleod, water and gloves.There will also be extra tools if you do not have any of these tools or prefer to use the FLM tools.

Contact: Caleb Smith (435) 586-5020 or email CIC@suu.edu

To get to the trailhead: Drive south on Main street, then continue south on Old Highway 91. After the Holiday Inn Express, turn east onto Easst Shurtz CAnyon. Follow this road to the trailhead.

Get the trails ready for Nordic skiers and snowshoers!
October 3 and 9

Join the Dixie National Forest and the Cedar Mountain Nordic Ski Club to prepare the Deer Hollow Ski and Snowshoe trails for winter grooming! Two Trail Days are planned: Saturday October3 and Friday October 9. We will meet both days at 9:00AM at East Canyon Park, at the parking lot on your right just as you leave town toward Cedar Mountain on Hwy 14. We will car pool for the 20 mile drive to Deer Hollow. Work will consist of brushing and clearing debris from the trails and assisting Forest Service sawyers. Bring a lunch, water, and globes. Please RSVP to Jim Riehle (Ski Club Event Coordinator) at jimriehle@yahoo.com. Get to know these wonderful trails and meet other skiers and snowshoers!

2015 End of Season Gathering Acknowledgments

2015 Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative, IIC, End of Season Acknowledgments

The IIC held its annual “End of Season Gathering” at the SUU Mountain Center last Friday, August 21st.  The event was a huge success, and the IIC staff would like to formally thank all of the interns, partners and SUU faculty and staff that contributed their time and efforts in making this an incredible season.

IIC Training:

The IIC continues to strive in providing current and updated training programs for the interns. During the 2015 IIC season the following individuals, within partner agencies, contributed significantly to the on-going improvement of these programs. The IIC would like to recognize them for their efforts:

  • Liz Kolle, Back Country Ranger, BLM Grand Staircase National Monument.  Liz provided multiple first aid trainings and talks for IIC interns and crewmembers this summer.
  • James McNitt, NPS Bryce Canyon National Park Ranger. Jim and colleagues from Bryce Canyon National Park provided Wilderness Remote First Aid Training as part of the IIC Crew Leaders training.
  • William Roach, BLM. William spent an entire day teaching two Defensive Driving classes to the IIC interns who required the Federal Defensive Driving class.
  • Kim Soper and colleagues from the Dixie National Forest and the Cedar City Utah Conservation Corps branch for helping teach the S212 chainsaw certification class.

Southern Utah University:

The IIC could not provide the programs and services offered without the incredible efforts and contributions from SUU Departments.  These contributions not only assisted the IIC with daily operations but more importantly helped to excite and interest students in the IIC Program.

  • The President’s Office
  • Office of Sponsored Programs, Agreements, Research & Contracts
  • The Payroll Department
  • The Controller’s Office
  • Event Services
  • SUU Fleet Services
  • Deans, Department Chairs, and Faculty
  • Administration

IIC 2015 Special Acknowledgement Award:

This year’s winner of the award is the SUU Human Resource Department. The entire HR staff are the recipients of the IIC 2015 Special Acknowledgment Award. The amount of work the department did greatly contributed to the success of the IIC Program and their efforts are truly appreciated.  Thank you Human Resources!

The following are the Award Winners from the 2015 End of Season Gathering:


  • Crew of the Year: Cedar City Field Office, BLM Career Internship Corp Crew.
  • Crew Leader of the Year: Katie Barnes
  • Alumni of the Year: Sarah Haderlie
  • Advisor of the Year: Jake Manning, SUU Lecturer, ORPT
  • Mentor of the Year: Dave Jacobson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Cedar City Field Office, BLM
  • Partner of the Year: Cedar City Field Office, Bureau of Land Management
  • Intern of the Year: Maiya Osife

Interns competing in the poster contest competed in one of three internship categories. The grand prize was an award of a $1,000 scholarship in each category.  This years winners were:

  • Visitor Services: Chantel Henrie, Bryce Canyon National Park Intern
  • Administration: Cory Litson, St. George BLM Intern
  • Resource Management: Maiya Osife, Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument Intern

Again, the IIC would like to thank everyone that assisted with the program’s continued success and helped celebrate another successful internship season.  The IIC staff is currently moving forward with plans for the 2016 season and looks forward to continuing to work collectively with agency partners and SUU in the coming year.

Direct Hire Authority comes to the IIC

IIC Direct to BLM

The IIC has been awarded a long-term contract with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) under the Direct Hire Authority  Resource Assistant Internship Program.

The BLM Resource Assistant Internship Program is a competitive and rigorous project-based internship that runs for at least 11 weeks. The target participants for the program are current college students or recent college graduates. The internship is an career-building opportunity to bring new and diverse viewpoints to the BLM.  Upon successful completion, the intern may be eligible for the Resource Assistant Direct Hire Authority, a direct springboard into a career with the Bureau.

Visit our “BLM Direct” page for more information about the DHA and details about our 2015 Positions.

Public Lands Employment Day 2015




We want to welcome everyone to the 2015 Public Lands Employment Day, you don’t want to miss this event!  There will be representatives from all of our partners looking to hire students for paid summer internships.  Bring a resume and some questions for each of them.  They respond well to people who show enthusiasm and interest.  Try to do some research before you come, it will make you a better candidate.  Above all, come with a willingness to learn and to talk to people.  There’s something for everybody at the IIC.