Timber & Noxious Weed Interns (PO-00735042)

*Interns may start anytime between May 22 and June 5 to complete their 16 weeks of service*

SCA interns will work in conjunction with district Timber Staff, Noxious Weeds Crew, or Ecologist.  Duties will include assisting in timber, vegetation, or invasive plant management activities. Main duties for Timber related activities include assisting with reconnaissance and layout of cutting units, tree species identification, basic measurements of tree diameters and heights using timber measurement tools associated with timber cruising, data recording, natural regeneration stocking surveys in a post fire landscape, tree planting, marking boundaries with tracer paint, and using GPS equipment to navigate and map unit boundaries. Main duties for Noxious Weeds activities include application of herbicides using backpack sprayers, pickup or UTV mounted sprayers, or other mechanical and manual methods for invasive non-native plant treatment. Interns will perform basic mathematical calculations related to herbicide mixing and applications and always utilize appropriate personal protective equipment, supplied by the Forest Service. Interns will be responsible for identifying invasive plants, use of GPS equipment to map treatment areas, and use of topographic maps. Interns will assist in inventory, mapping, and monitoring of invasive non-native plants commonly found in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. Some duties may also include rangeland monitoring or monitoring sensitive plant species. For all duties, interns will generally work 10-hour days, carry heavy backpacks or gear, hike to remote locations in rugged terrain at high elevations and potentially work in adverse weather conditions. This is a timber and weeds combined position with potentially some rangeland and sensitive plant monitoring duties.  Interns will be asked to work with different resource staff as needed on a daily or weekly basis.

Compensation amounts:

  • $1,100 – one time RT travel allowance
  • $460 – weekly living allowance
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,678 education award)
  • Housing

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


Position ID: PO-00735042

Expected Dates: May 22, 2023 - September 10, 2023

9Ten Mile Drive
Granby, CO 80446

Training Provided: Herbicide mixing and application. Tree and plant species identification. ATV , UTV use and certification. Use of Forestry measurement tools and equipment. Training in GPS use and devices.

Educational/Recreational Opportunities: The Sulphur Ranger District is home to amazing recreational opportunities including but not limited to; hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fat biking, road biking, fishing, boating canoeing, skiing, snowmobiling, whitewater rafting and kayaking.

Main Area of Focus: Natural Resources Mgmt

Further Details

AmeriCorps Eligible: Eligible

Driving Logistics: Recommended

Access to amenities, groceries, and entertainment

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

Interns will share small government houses with other interns or government employees. Houses consist of 2 or 3 small bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Interns will be assigned a house with other interns or government employees of the same gender and each person shall have their own bedroom.

Indoor/Outdoor: Outside

US Citizenship: Yes

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