Summer internship position available at Raystown Lake Project

Published March 30, 2016

HESSTON, Pennsylvania– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Raystown Lake are seeking to fill the summer employment position of Student Conservation Association (SCA) public safety intern. 

The SCA public safety intern will work under supervision of USACE park rangers encouraging public safety on USACE-managed public lands and waters. Responsibilities will include promotion of boating and water safety, with an emphasis on communication with high risk groups.  Training in boating and water safety interpretation/education will be provided. 

SCA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to build the next generation of conservation leaders and inspire lifelong stewardship of our environment and communities by engaging young people in hands-on service to the land.  

The intern should be comfortable interacting with persons of varied ages and backgrounds. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and in possession of a valid driver’s license. Minimal physical ability may require extended periods in the outdoors during adverse conditions such as heat, cold, or rain.  Internship duration will be approximately 12 to 16 weeks, beginning in the late May and going through early September; time frame is negotiable.  

The intern will receive an $85 weekly stipend, and will also be reimbursed for mileage to and from work. Qualifying interns are offered the opportunity to apply for an AmeriCorps Education Award that can be used for college tuition or repaying qualified student loans. 

SCA/AmeriCorps enrollees also receive deferment and/or zero interest rates on qualified student loans during their service.  Interns may also receive academic credit depending on the college they attend.

If you are interested, please contact Alicia Palmer at (814)658-6812, via email at, or drop off your resume at the Raystown Lake Visitor Center Park Ranger Office at 6993 Seven Points Road, Hesston, PA 16647, weekdays 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Raystown Lake is the largest lake located entirely in Pennsylvania and offers 8,300 surface acres of clear water surrounded by 21,000 acres of forested mountain slopes.  Raystown is a multi-purpose lake constructed and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood risk management, recreation and natural resource opportunities, and hydropower. For more information on Raystown Lake, visit the natural resources program link at or call 814-658-3405.  

Alicia Palmer, park ranger
Raystown Lake Project

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