FC-FLIP 2016: Timber Management Internship

Timber Management Internship

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The intern will work with directly with forestry technicians and Forest Service professionals on the Pagosa Ranger District of the San Juan National Forest to compete a variety of forest monitoring activities.

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                       

Location: Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Mentor: Tim Leishman, Pre-sale Forester; San Juan National Forest, Pagosa RD

Schedule:  40-hour week; occasional long days, weekend or evening work may be required                                                                                                            

Responsibilities: The intern will assist a team of forestry technicians in the preparation of several timber sales. These projects align with the fuel reduction goals of the San Juan National Forest. These projects are under the veil of the Pagosa Area Long Term Stewardship initiative. This 10 year project involves detailed silvicultural work in the mixed conifer and ponderosa pine cover types. This internship will also teach the individual how to mark timber to silvicultural prescriptions, learn the basics of timber cruising (forest measurements, and perform regeneration surveys. If time allows, the intern will also be exposed to other timber duties, e.g. assisting supervisor’s office personal with Common Stand Exams. Other opportunities with the Pagosa District wildlife professionals and other resource professionals may be available if time allows. This internship will be physically demanding with long days on foot, in the field, in the wide variety of summer time weather in the San Juans.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Camping and backpacking skills (the intern will spend a number of nights in a                     backcountry setting)

·         Some experience and/or course work in basic field survey and monitoring methods

·         Basic GIS and GPS knowledge highly recommended

·         Strong background in the sciences and/or natural resources

·         Completion or work towards a degree in forestry, natural resource management, botany,            plant physiology, or ecology

·         Clean driving record for operation of government vehicles

·         A reliable personal vehicle is required

·         Strong written and verbal communication skills

·         Ability to carry out and accomplish order in a timely manner

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of June 6th and will include: backcountry skills and safety, introduction to federal careers and USAJobs, natural resources and issues in the Four Corners, scientific and professional communications, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification (interns need to prepare (8 hrs.) prior to arrival on June 6th).

Compensation:  Living Stipend $4,400; paid biweekly.

Housing: Housing is available through the Pagosa RD on a first come first serve basis: priority is given to fire crews in FS housing. 

To apply, visit www.mountainstudies.org/fcflip.

For more information, contact Anthony Culpepper at anthony@mountainstudies.org.  

Applications close 01 March 2016