Student Intern-Forestry Aide

Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
Toppenish, Washington, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 14, 2021
Employment Type
Salary Type
Student Intern-Forestry Aide

Tribal Forestry

Department of Natural Resources

Hourly Wage: $14.02/Temporary/Full-Time

Position functions under the Yakama Nation, Division of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Development Program. The YN DNR in coordination with the Bureau of Indian affairs (BIA) is responsible for the management of 1.2 million acre Yakama Reservation which includes more than one-half million acres of timberlands located along the Eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains.

As a student intern, the student will assist with Forest Development projects designed to improve the growth and development of the Yakama Forest. The position requires the individual to work on a wide variety of forestry related activities within the boundaries of the Yakama Reservation. Projects will be of a highly technical and physical nature, and will require coordination with various forestry personnel and other natural resource disciplines. The incumbent will assist with project development, documentation, implementation and monitoring of Forest Development projects.

Incumbent will be involved with the implementation of plans, including timber sale follow-up activities such as planting, precommercial thinning, site preparation and seed collection, survival studies, and others.

Examples of Work Performed:
  • Plans, implements and monitors appropriate forest development follow-up projects including planting and thinning, and related follow-up activities.
  • Designs, implements, and assesses timber stand examinations and inventories in order to formulate and develop silvicultural prescriptions. Analyzes stand exam data, prepares data summaries, statistical analyzes, maps, and graphs for silvicultural prescriptions. A variety of computer software and programs are utilized including Microsoft Word and Excel as well as Geographic Information System (GIS) including ArcView and Global Positioning System (GPS).
  • The field work may include laying out project boundaries and recording them using a GPS apparatus, assisting with contract inspections and developing summaries of the result, collecting field data to verify treatment succession.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the Yakama Nation resources including forest, range, water, wildlife and culture and understanding of the Yakama Nation policy plans, resource plans, tribal regulations and tribal ordinances.
  • Knowledge of silvicultural systems applicable to the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains including forest insects and diseases associated with Eastern Cascade timber types.
  • Knowledge and ability to use computer software for word processing and data spreadsheets and use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including ArcView software and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
  • Knowledge of and ability to recognize forest insects and diseases associated with Eastern Cascade timber types.

General Recruiting Indicators:
  • Candidates must be in pursuit of a Bachelors of Forestry degree, or associated degree in natural resources.
  • Must provide a copy of college diploma and college transcripts when submitting application for this position.
  • Must provide written response to the incumbents Knowledge, Skills and Abilities as outlined or provide resume detailing qualifications as indicated on the job announcement and position description.

Special Requirements:
  • Required to pass a pre-employment drug test.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable and willing to endure extended periods of work under a wide variety of environmental conditions and be in good physical condition, be able to ascend and descend steep topography through rough forest terrain.
  • Must have or be able to obtain a Washington State Drivers license and be insurable under the Yakama Nation insurance guidelines.
  • Enrolled Yakama Preference, but all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.