HPP Natural Resources Internship

Expected Dates
June 3, 2018 to April 13, 2019
Osceola National Forest
Position ID
Seeking two interns to assist with the natural resource management of the Osceola National Forest. These positions involve work with several programs and projects dealing with silviculture, engineering, wildlife, and recreation. Participants will also be involved in the prescribed burning program and wildfire suppression.
Major duties will include:
  • Collecting technical data and measurements such as radial growth, basal area, site index, stand density, stand condition, etc., which is needed to prescribe stand treatment;
  • Surveying, mapping, assessing, and rehabilitating degraded wetlands using GPS, data loggers, GIS, chainsaws, and prescribed fire;
  • Surveying and monitoring rare plants and animals, in extreme temperatures of Florida summers and thick vegetation of Florida scrub and swamps. 
  • Installing artificial red-cockaded woodpecker cavity boxes from ladders with chainsaw; and
  • Participating in studies, projects, and resource management activities.
  • The Osceola district office is located in Sanderson, FL (Baker County) which is 12 miles east of Lake City. Lake City is the county seat of Columbia County and has a population of approximately 13,000 people. The population of Columbia County is approximately 47,000 people.
  • Government vehicle operation; chainsaw; ATV; safety training; CPR/First Aid (possible). Opportunity to interact and receive
    mentoring from Forest Service employees involved in the management of Osceola National Forest.
  • This “flatwoods” forest is a mosaic of low pine ridges separated by cypress and bay swamps. Visitors enjoy
    quiet, peaceful woodlands named in honor of the famous Seminole Indian warrior, Osceola.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Recreation Management
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Customer Service
some experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience