FC-FLIP 2016: Reforestation Internship

Four Corners Federal Lands Internship

Reforestation Internship


PDF of Position - HERE

Timeline: May 31 - August 12, 2016                                                                     

Location: Bayfield, Colorado

Mentor: Gretchen Fitzgerald, Reforestation Forester; San Juan National Forest

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

Responsibilities: The intern will assist a team of forestry technicians collecting survival information in several tree plantations.  The intern will also participate in the preparation of a reforestation contract for fall of 2016 by laying out and GPS planting units. Additional work will include collecting stand exam data and some timber sale marking. Other opportunities with the Columbine Ranger District 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.  Most of the work will be on steep slopes in old wildfire areas at high elevations.

Desired Skills/Qualifications:

·         Inquisitive Nature

·         Desire to work outdoors in all weather conditions

·         Camping and backpacking skills

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

·         Basic map reading skills and GPS knowledge useful

·         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

·         Knowledge of local tree species is useful

·         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

·         Ability to be flexible and willingness to jump in to help as needed

Training Provided: Orientation will be held in Silverton the week of May 31st 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; upon successful completion the intern will qualify for an $1195 AmeriCorps Education Award.   

Housing: Housing is available through the Columbine RD outside of Durango on a first come first serve basis: priority is given to FS 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