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All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
*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 Project: The 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 Objectives: This appointment provides an opportunity to:
Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Robert Slesak (Robert.Slesak@usda.gov). 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 Length: The 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 Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The 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 Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only.
ORISE Information: This 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 USForestService@orise.orau.gov 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).