Young-growth Wood Quality Field Intern

Expected Dates
June 5, 2017 to September 10, 2017
Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory
Position ID
The interns will assist the lead scientist in collecting field data for a large-scale young-growth wood quality study. The results of this study will inform the transition from old-growth to young-growth timber harvesting in southeast Alaska. Interns will work together in a crew of up to 4 members collecting tree and site data in the field. This will include installing and measuring temporary stand exam plots to determine stand characteristics and delineating 1-acre strips for subsequent destructive sampling. All team members will ensure the quality, efficiency, and safety of the work done by the team. This work is physically demanding due to off-trail travel in steep terrain with dense vegetation and cold wet weather. Some of the sites are remote and will be reached by boats, seaplanes, and trucks.
  • The research sites are located in the southern Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska. Some can be reached by road, others require travel by foot, boat, ATV, or float plane. Camping on site may be required for up to 8 days at a time.
  • Interns will receive training in wilderness first aid, CPR, aircraft and boat safety, ATV use, shoreline survival, defensive driving, bear behavior, pepper spray use, and radio use. Additional training is provided on the use of field research equipment.
  • Interns will be able to interact with scientists and professionals at the Juneau Forestry Sciences Lab. Outdoor recreational opportunities are abundant and include hiking, camping, fishing, biking, kayaking/canoeing, and wildlife viewing
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
Resource Management
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
some experience
Field Research
some experience
some experience