Internships

Join the Next Generation of Environmental Stewards

Discover Your Forest is committed to providing Career Pathways for high school and college students and recent college graduates. With goals to also reach underserved populations, we hope to provide internship opportunities to ALL students. Through our Generation Green Internship program, Conservation Education Internships, and now 21CSC Internships, Discover Your Forest is sure to have an opportunity that works for you. Contact us today to learn what program is the right fit for you and how to submit your application and resume. 

Generation Green Internships

The Generation Green Internship program is as follows: a) Provide conservation education and exposure to natural resources through mentorship and job shadow opportunities and educational experiences to high school and college students as well as recent graduates in either natural resources, cultural resources, recreation, or engineering; b) participants are required to complete a minimum of 160 hours of service; c) each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution; d) all participants will have the opportunity to gain experience with other U.S. Forest Service programs outside of their targeted program area.

Current Opportunities

Aquatic and Wildlife Habitat Monitoring Internships

Office Location:
Deschutes National Forest Supervisors Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701

Essential Functions:
The aquatics and wildlife programs at Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District in partnership propose to utilize two Generation Green interns during the summer of 2018, to collect field data for management of aquatic and wildlife habitat. Duties would include collecting data on forest roads and trails for potential decommissioning, collection of monitoring data related to Forest Plan (LRMP) compliance in a select sample of timber sale/fuel treatment units, and monitoring of water quality. The interns would conduct 100% counts of snags and downed logs within the selected units and compare densities to the respective standard, and reported mitigation measures in the original NEPA document. Outcomes of this small survey will help inform the wildlife specialists on future planning teams if and what actions are likely to result in either dead wood retention or elimination. The products will help inform burn plan development for future fuels reduction work. Interns would also field check bald eagle nest sites and help with golden eagle survey efforts; refining our database on currently active sites and non-active or non-remaining sites.

Duties would be spread out over the summer (mid/late June through August) working an average two days a week. Water quality monitoring would take place every week; wildlife projects would be focused in multi-week increments (e.g. nest monitoring for 3-4 weeks and then snag and log monitoring).
Internship duration: 160 hours

Stipend: $250 per 40 hours. $1,000 stipend total.

The intern will initially: The intern duties would include:
1) Visit road and trail segments (driving to and from in a government vehicle), collect GPS data and assess conditions, and document with photos.
2) Visit each vegetation management unit by vehicle and grid-walk the entire unit tallying all snags and downed wood by size class and decay class.
3) Navigate in field with maps and GPS, locales for nest monitoring.
4) Becoming familiar with the underlying land management allocation and planning document (NWFP or Eastside Screens) in order to determine plan compliance or not. If not, the interns will help suggest reasons why it is not meeting, and any remedies, if applicable.
5) Participation in Deschutes National Forest New Employee Orientation occurring in June, 2018. (to include Defensive Driving, First Aid and CPR training).
Minimum Qualifications:
1) Valid driver’s license;
2) Ability to spend long days in the field under varying weather conditions;
3) Ability to hike over rough, uneven terrain;
4) Use a map, compass and GPS device in order to ensure 100% coverage of an area;
5) Good communication and organization skills;
6) Ability to work in small teams, show initiative and use creative problem solving skills;
7) Interest in a wildlife/natural resource management career.

Bat Monitoring and Cave Management Internship

Office Location:
Deschutes National Forest Supervisors Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701

Essential Functions:
The wildlife program at Bend/Ft. Rock Ranger District proposes to utilize one Generation Green intern during the summer of 2018 to assist with backcountry cave management and bat monitoring efforts. Work will likely include weekend shifts. Most assigned tasks will occur above ground – cave entry will only occur following strict safety protocols. Duties would be spread out over the summer (mid/late June through August) working an average two days a week.

Internship duration: 160 hours

Stipend: $250 per 40 hours. $1,000 stipend total.

The intern will initially: Working with District staff, the intern duties would include:
1) Visit cave sites (driving to and from in a government vehicle), collect data, assess conditions, and document with photos;
2) Deploy and operate acoustic monitoring equipment, manage acoustic data;
3) Document recreational cave use, keeping data organized and accessible;
4) Make contact with public cave users and help with education and outreach efforts about caving etiquette, Leave No Trace ethics, white-nose syndrome and cave management;
5) Participation in Deschutes National Forest New Employee Orientation occurring in June, 2018 (to include Defensive Driving, First Aid and CPR training).
Minimum Qualifications:
1) Valid driver’s license;
2) Ability to spend long days in the field under varying weather conditions;
3) Ability to hike over rough, uneven terrain;
4) Use a map, compass and GPS device;
5) Good communication and organization skills;
6) Ability to work in small teams, show initiative and use creative problem solving skills;
7) Interest in a wildlife/natural resource management career.

Wildlife Program Internship

Office Location:
Deschutes National Forest Supervisors Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701

Introduction:
The Forest Wildlife program proposes to utilize on Generation Green Intern during the summer of 2018 to assist with more administrative duties. Duties would include assisting with the gathering, organizing, and validation of records, literature searches for various species and activities, data entry, and assisting with the development of social media and other media stories and tweets related to wildlife.

Internship duration: 160 hours

Stipend: $250 per 40 hours. $1,000 stipend total.

Proposal: Working with the Forest Wildlife Biologist, the intern would:

1. Gather, organize, and validate spotted owl and Oregon spotted frog records for the Forest-wide Programmatic Biological Assessment.
2. Assemble Oregon spotted frog records into appropriate site folders.
3. Assist in searching through bat information and organizing said information
4. Organize carnivore survey data
5. Data entry into the NRIS Wildlife database
6. Develop tweets and stories related to various wildlife (Year of the Bird, Endangered Species Day, Pollinator Week, stories on camera monitoring, importance of guzzlers, etc.)
7. Work with district biologists in obtaining necessary records
8. Coordinating with other agency biologists
9. Potential to assist other field crews with field work
10. Participation in the Deschutes NF New Employee Orientation occurring in June 2018 (to include Defensive Driving, First Aid, and CPR training).

Qualifications Needed:

1. Valid driver’s license
2. Ability to work independently when needed
3. Good communication skills
4. Good organization skills
5. Good computer skills
6. Interest in wildlife/natural resource management career.
7. May be required to get fingerprinted for computer access

To apply or learn more about these opportunities, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 and/or send a resume and cover letter to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21csc) Internships

The 21st Century Conservation Service Corps is a bold national effort to put thousands of America’s young people and veterans to work protecting, restoring, and enhancing America’s great outdoors. 21CSC participants perform a wide range of services ranging from maintenance and restoring the thousands of miles of trails to coordinating volunteers and special events on National Forests and Grasslands.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps is an opportunity for an individual(s) between the ages of 16 and 30 years old (inclusive), and veterans up to 35, engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service, each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution. Working toward 640 hours of conservation or related service, of which at least 120 hours take place on an appropriate Forest Service project. Upon completion of the program, candidates have a 2-Year window of eligibility for non-competitive hiring status. Noncompetitive hiring status means the ability to apply and be considered for vacancies without competitive examination or competing with career or career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures for any position which eligible. Candidates applying under this authority are considered with other non-competitive candidates.

Current Opportunities

21CSC Groundskeeper, Native Plant Gardener, Grounds Crew Coordinator Internship

Office Location:
Deschutes National Forest Supervisors Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Road, Bend, OR 97701

Essential Functions:
The Deschutes NF Native Plant Gardener Intern will work on helping the Deschutes National Forest connect people with nature through the use of the pollinator living lab – grassland. The Deschutes NF Native Plant Gardener Intern will allow us to have a fresh perspective on ways we can engage current visitors and future constituents of the environment. The Intern will also help us in focusing on how the work on the native grassland and living lab helps us to connect with local community and nature.

This internship is a 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) Internship. Age requirement: 16-30 years and veterans up to 35 years of age. Internship duration: 640 hours and then intern will receive 2-Year non-competitive status hiring authority.

Stipend: $250 per 40 hours. $4,000 stipend total.

The intern will initially:
• Assist with exotic species control/removal.
• Operate and maintain in good working order related tools, equipment, and vehicles used for grounds maintenance.
• Assists with management of native plant landscaping, including maintenance and restoration of the front meadow.
• Assists with maintenance and activities associated with field preparation for restoration.
• Maintains office grounds, about 5 acres of native plants and parking.
• Participates in outdoor lab days and volunteer work days as necessary.

Responsibilities and Scope:
• Complete project(s) to enhance the Deschutes National Forest connection to the local community.
• Assist in youth outreach, including local elementary and middle school science programs, local high school environmental club, and volunteers.
• Assist in developing tables and interpretive activities for outreach events and onsite events.
• Work with Deschutes National Forest invasive control staff on-site and on adjacent partner agency sites on invasive survey work.

Minimum Qualifications:
• HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2016, 2017, or 2018) of Biology, Education or related field, or equivalent.
• This position requires a valid driver’s license.
• Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a USFS driver’s license requirements, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.
• Experience with effective communication via written, spoken, and graphical means.
• Experience working with youth in an outdoor setting.

Desired Qualifications:
• Coursework/training and/or experience in designing interpretive and volunteer programs
• Coursework/training and/or experience in current trends and practices in conservation, land management and nature resource preservation
• Experience working independently and meet deadlines
• Strong organizational skills

To apply or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Stacey Cochran, Discover Your Forest Community Engagement Director at 541-383-5530 and/or send a resume and cover letter to Stacey.cochran@discovernw.org.

21st Century Conservation Service Corps is an opportunity for an individual(s) between the ages of 16 and 30 years old (inclusive), and veterans up to 35, engaged as a crew member or intern through an organization that operates in partnership with the Forest Service, each participant will be paid a stipend of $250 per 40 hours served and has the option to gain credit as an intern or other definition through their academic institution. Working toward 640 hours of conservation or related service, of which at least 120 hours take place on an appropriate Forest Service project. Upon completion of the program, candidates have a 2-Year window of eligibility for non-competitive hiring status.

Noncompetitive hiring status means the ability to apply and be considered for vacancies within the Forest Service without competitive examination or competing with career or career-conditional employees under internal merit staffing procedures for any position which eligible. Candidates applying under this authority are considered with other non-competitive candidates.

Other Internship Opportunities

We also host internships outside of the Generation Green or 21st Century Conservation Service Corps. In partnership, internship opportunities are available for those who would like to gain experience in their field of interest. Residential internships and partner internships can be found in this section. 

Current Opportunities

Check back as we will update this section when an internship becomes available.

To learn more about internships, please contact and/or email resume and cover letter to Stacey Cochran at stacey.cochran@discovernw.org or call 541-383-5530.

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