Resource Assistant Program

SAWS is proud to be a pilot partner of the United States Forest Service in offering the Resource Assistant Program (R.A.P.) to our qualifying seasonal staff.


What is the Resource Assistant Program?

The R.A.P. provides participants with valuable experience while working closely with the U.S. Forest Service. Participants work in paid positions in the field of natural resource management, conservation, and cultural resources. During their time in the R.A.P., participants will hone and expand their skills, have opportunities for training and professional development, and receive guidance from a Forest Service mentor. Another benefit of the R.A.P. is a certificate that participants receive once they complete their service. The certificate provides the added benefit of allowing recipients to apply to internal Forest Service job openings for two years.


How do I become a Resource Assistant?

SAWS is pleased to offer participation in the R.A.P. through our Wilderness Ranger Program. Our Wilderness Rangers work throughout the Southeastern US on a variety of tasks. SAWS typically posts Wilderness Ranger positions in early Spring each year. Check our Jobs Page for current opportunities.