Botanical Intern at Malheur National Forest (PO-00734357)

This is a good position for a recent graduate looking for hands on experience with native plant restoration work. The main focus of this internship is the coordination and execution of the native seed program. The intern will spend 80-90% of their time in the field locating, mapping, monitoring, and collecting native seed as well as applying seed or planting seedlings. The ability to identify plants by genus and species using local dichotomous keys and guides is essential. Other required skills include navigation, self-sufficiency, ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle, ability to hike, stand, and stoop all day, attention to detail and organization. Navigating with paper maps and GPS both in a vehicle and on foot over steep or uneven ground away from roads or trails is needed.  A radio and GPS will be provided, but the intern must be comfortable working alone in the field. There will be days where the intern will lead groups to assist with field work. It is the intern’s responsibility to attain proper field clothing to protect them from injury or discomfort, including sturdy hiking boots, effective rain gear, pants and long sleeve shirts, warm or cool weather hats, 3-quart size water bottles, and work gloves of choice. Fall seeding is often cold and wet. The Forest Service will provide a hard hat. Office work may include organization and preparation of collected seed to be shipped to the extractory or nursery, preparing seed mixes, updating the seed inventory, assisting the forest botanist with coordination of planting/seeding events, calling nurseries to arrange different grow outs, and to a lesser extent research on particular species.


  • $727/week* Living Allowance (paid bi-weekly)
  • $1,100* To/From Travel Allowance, paid once with first paycheck
  • Housing provided 
  • Duty Related Travel reimbursement (not to exceed $800)
  • Eligible for the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority upon successful completion of position (640hrs minimum of service)

*All Allowances are subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

This position is NOT eligible for AmeriCorps due to the high comepnsation package

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Position ID: PO-00734357

Expected Dates: May 1, 2023 - October 29, 2023

431 Patterson-Bridge Rd.
John Day, OR 97845

Training Provided: Training for the position will be peer to peer knowldege transfer from Malheur botany program employees. There will also be opportunity for self guided study of native species targeted for collection. Safety training including first aid is offered as well

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The intern will learn the steps of running a native plant materials program. Recrational opportunities including hiking, biking, fishing, backpacking, and fossil hunting on public land are all close to John Day.

Handicap Accessible?: No

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Not Eligible

Driving Logistics: Required

Housing or Stipend Provided?
A. Partner will provide suitable housing for the member

USFS Bunkhouse.  

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: No

Student Conservation Association