USFS Silviculture Summer Internship

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
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How to Apply

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A complete application package consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.  Selected candidate must provide proof of completion of the degree before the appointment can start.  Click Here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two educational or professional recommendations. At least one recommendation must be submitted in order for the mentor to view your application.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline
4/14/2023 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

USFS Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) at the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station located in Olympia, Washington.

At the heart of the U.S. Forest Service's mission is their purpose. Everything they do is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because their stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives the agency’s mission and motivates their work across the agency. It’s been there from the agency’s very beginning, and it still drives them. To advance the mission and serve their purpose, the U.S. Forest Service balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by: working in collaboration with communities and our partners; providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; connecting people to the land and one another; and delivering world-class science, technology and land management.

Research ProjectThe USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest (PNW) Research Station has an internship opportunity focused on silviculture in the PNW region. The intern will collaborate with a team of USFS staff on several long-term experiments and participate in the implementation of new studies. The team includes researchers in silviculture and genetics that are housed within the PNW Station. The intern will 1) assist with the implementation of a new experimental network focused on assisted migration, 2) conduct literature reviews of key topics related to reforestation practices, and 3) assist with field and lab measurements for ongoing experiments related to silviculture, assisted migration and climate adaptation. The intern will also have an opportunity to develop or participate in new avenues of research or other interests related to natural resource management.

Learning ObjectivesThis appointment provides an opportunity to:

  • Understand and facilitate interactions at the intersection between science and land management. The Fellow will have a tremendous opportunity to engage and interact with scientists at the research station, as well as a large and diverse group of stakeholders including the USDA National Forest System, state natural resource agencies, tribal entities, and forest industry.
  • Learn about silvicultural and natural resource management issues in the Western United States while helping to implement and maintain several long-term, high-impact experiments
  • Enhance collaborative skills as a member of a scientific team through development of questions, learning of data collection techniques, and methods for data assessment
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of Forest Service Research & Development science and National Forest System management. 

MentorThe mentor for this opportunity is Robert Slesak ( If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 22, 2023.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for four months in the summer, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The current stipend for this opportunity will be $3,312 per month. There is a travel allowance associated with the appointment.

Citizenship RequirementsThis opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.

ORISE InformationThis program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Forest Ecology, Forestry, Environmental Science).

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate and work with diverse individuals
  • Experience working in forested settings under a variety of conditions
  • Experience conducting literature reviews to summarize knowledge related to key topics
  • Willingness to learn principles of data collection, experimental design, and data assessment
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to balance multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Capacity to work independently and prioritize activities to meet project schedules 
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor's Degree.
  • Academic Level(s): Undergraduate Students.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Earth and Geosciences (21 )
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (9 )
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (11 )

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