Forest Management Intern – Local Preferred (PO-00734893)

This is a temporary position located on a Forest Service unit.  The incumbent is responsible for performing technical duties in timber stand improvement, reforestation, and tree improvement.

This position performs a variety of routine and frequently complex tasks involving techniques and practices relating to natural resources management programs, (i.e., timber and silviculture).  Successful accomplishment of the assignments supports field projects and program planning activities for the unit.  Incumbent may perform any or a combination of the following duties:

Vegetation: Participates in noxious plant control, seeding, or similar projects by flagging boundaries, operating equipment, and carrying out kill studies. Identifies plant specimens in the field and collects and prepares specimens. Identifies plants and noxious weeds and determines how they grow.  Applies the proper chemicals to control noxious weeds. Uses botanical key to identify plants encountered during field trips or surveys of forest and range areas.  Compiles and summarizes the vegetation types obtained from ground surveys including forest health monitoring, biological evaluations, and range surveys.

Silviculture:  Inspects silvicultural contract work for compliance with contract.  Explains steps necessary for compliance to contractor and reports violations to COR. May act as COR on various silvicultural contracts. Examines sapling and larger stands to collect and record data on stocking, density, condition, insects, disease, site index, and ground vegetation.   May operate chainsaws and other power equipment to implement thinning, planting, pruning, fire suppression and other silvicultural projects.  Follows silvicultural prescriptions and directs work to accomplish timber stand objectives. May perform maintenance and cleaning of power equipment and hand tools. 

Performs other duties as assigned.

– $600/week Living Allowance
– $1,100 Travel Allowance, paid once
– Eligible for AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,718.25, to be received upon successful completion of position
– Hours served can be applied toward the Public Land Corps (PLC) hiring authority 

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes.*

Please note that housing is NOT provided for this position.

It is SCA's policy that all AmeriCorps-required background checks must return cleared results prior to the position's start; this includes being fingerprinted for the FBI check. Otherwise, the AmeriCorps award will be removed or the position's start date will be delayed due to non-compliance. 

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Position ID: PO-00734893

Expected Dates: July 10, 2023 - September 29, 2023

422 Forestry Rd
Hot Springs, VA 24445

Training Provided: Common Stand Exam training Tree ID training Prescribed fire training Wildland Fire Suppression training Pesticide Use and Application training Defensive Driving training Chainsaw Use training (TBD)

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: Two wilderness areas located among the Alleghany Mountains in the western section of Virginia and 336,464 acres of mountains and valleys. The district has over 240 miles of multi-use trail and over 300 miles of roads.

Handicap Accessible?: Yes

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Depends on how far away living quarters are located

Housing or Stipend Provided?
D. No housing is available

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

Student Conservation Association