OFFICE of SURFACE MINING
RECLAMATION and ENFORCEMENT

U.S. Department of the Interior

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Get Involved - Youth and Volunteers

OSMRE offers various service and learning opportunities for students, recent graduates, and the public at large to get involved and make a difference. These programs also support the Department of the Interior’s efforts to engage the next generation.

View the Department of Interior Youth Initiative page.

Semester Internship Program

Contact: Sara Eckert, 202-208-3779

Summer 2015 interns participate in a coal mine tour

Interns participate in a coal mine tour in Maryland.
Photo credit: OSMRE

The Semester Internship Program provides a career exploration opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. Interns work in OSMRE Headquarters, regional, and field offices and gain professional experience with a federal regulatory agency.

Interns conduct research assignments and participate in group projects to build their resumes in their fields of interest. Assignments include environmental science, community development, communications, data analysis, and more.

  • Must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution or be a recent graduate
  • Summer Semester (11 weeks), Spring Semester (15 weeks), Fall Semester (15 weeks)
  • Opportunities available in OSMRE offices nationwide

Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) Program

Contact: Sara Eckert, 202-208-3779

Students participated in a service project planting native trees in a riparian buffer zone

Students participated in a service project planting native trees in a riparian buffer zone
Photo Credit: Stewards Individual Placement Program

OSMRE’s award-winning program was established in 2002. It is a unique partnership between the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement, other Department of the Interior bureaus, AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and the Stewards Individual Placement Program. The VISTA program places college-educated individuals to live and serve in a host community for a one year term.

The program aims to assist rural communities impoverished by environmental degradation. Volunteers accomplish five Core Goals during their service:

  • Build capacity
  • Create economic opportunity
  • Promote environmental stewardship and healthy futures
  • Enhance outreach and education
  • Engage in professional development
An OSMRE/VISTA explains how to take pH samples from streams impacted by mining in Pennsylvania.

An OSMRE/VISTA explains how to take pH samples from streams impacted by mining in Pennsylvania.
Photo credit: Stewards Individual Placement Program

The OSMRE/VISTA team - Assists local organizations dedicated to addressing environmental and economic impacts in communities affected by pre-regulatory coal and hardrock mining. For more information, visit http://osmrevista.org/.

AmeriCorps Program

Contacts: Sara Eckert, 202-208-3779

An OSMRE/AmeriCorps Member records data related to acid mine drainage

An OSMRE/AmeriCorps Member records data related to acid mine drainage in Tennessee
Photo Credit: Stewards Individual Placement Program

The OSMRE/AmeriCorps program has connected participants to direct-service projects in support of OSMRE’s mission since 2012. OSMRE/AmeriCorps Members work directly with OSMRE staff and gain professional experience in a federal agency. Projects range from water monitoring, community outreach, invasive species removal, and reforestation to mapping and digitization, and more.

Pathways Programs

Contact: Brenda Garrett-Freeman, 202-208-2771

Former and current OSMRE/AmeriCorps Members with the former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel.

Former and current OSMRE/AmeriCorps Members with the former Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewel. Photo credit: DOI

The Pathways Programs promote Federal workforce employment opportunities to students and recent graduates. Opportunities through Pathways Programs are available for students from high school through postgraduate school, and recent graduates. The Pathways Program collectively includes the following 3 programs:

Internship Program - Offers paid opportunities for students currently enrolled in a variety of educational institutions to work with the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement and explore careers while completing their education. It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

Recent Graduates Program - Provides developmental experiences for individuals who have graduated from qualifying educational institutions within the previous two years (includes associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degrees or certificates).

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program - The PMF program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree candidates for more than three decades. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate.

Visit https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads/ for current opportunities.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers prepare tree seedlings in planting buckets for a Flight 93 National Memorial tree planting in Pennsylvania

Volunteers prepare tree seedlings in planting buckets for a Flight 93 National Memorial tree planinting in Pennsylvania
Photo credit: Stewards Individual Placement Program

The Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative (ARRI) - Encourages the reforestation of coal-mined lands in the Eastern United States. ARRI uses a technique known as the Forestry Reclamation Approach (FRA) to plant trees. OSMRE and Green Forests Work partner to recruit volunteers throughout Appalachia to help reforest lands affected by surface mining. Thousands of volunteers from over 300 partner organizations enjoy planting native tree seedlings, connecting with nature, and learning about Appalachian culture annually.

Page Last Modified/Reviewed: 3/7/17

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