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2022 Internship, Forest Resources

State of Washington
Tumwater, Washington, US
Closing date
Jan 17, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Informatics / GIS
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2022 Internship, Forest Resources Intern - Summer Recruitment #2021-12-9387 Exempt, Full-time to Part-time (minimum 16 hours and up to 40 hours/week) Flexible start date with a 3 month duration. Sophomore and under: $15/hour Junior: $16/hour Senior: $17/hour Graduate students: up to $20/hour * 1 year Master $18/hour * 2 year Master $19/hour * Higher $20/hour * DNR provides housing in some locations or a $500/month housing stipend if free housing is not available. Want to join something GREAT and make a difference? The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has an exciting opportunity. This unique educational opportunity is located in the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Scientific Consultation group of DNR's Forest Resources Division. Natural Resource Scientists at DNR conduct research and monitoring to ensure that DNR management activities do not negatively influence imperiled fish and wildlife species. This internship will provide hands-on experience collecting data on forests, streams, fish populations and harvest operations, and provides an opportunity to work under the guidance of professional scientists. The intern will be based in Forks, WA, and the work will take place on the Olympic Experimental State Forest (OESF) on Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The OESF is a unique landscape managed as both a working forest and a place for research. This internship will provide experiences in a variety of scientific data collection techniques, and an understanding of how DNR maintains a working forest while protecting vulnerable species through its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) developed under the Endangered Species Act.Responsibilities: * Collecting data on forests, streams, fish, and harvest operations. * Backpack electrofishing. * Downloading remote data loggers collecting information on stream temperatures, stream flows, or birdcalls. * Hiking in remote, rugged locations over rough terrain without trails. * Driving on unpaved forest roads * Navigating using GPS technology. Required Qualifications: * A full-time student (12+ credits/quarter) majoring in Natural Resources, Biology, Wildlife, Fisheries, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Forest Science, Silviculture, or related field and will be returning to school in a following quarter/semester. OR a graduate student. * Physically able to work alone or as part of a team in undeveloped, remote or back-county landscapes and terrain in all weather conditions. * A valid driver's license and have two years of driving experience. This position requires driving as an essential function. Finalists and/or interview candidates will be asked to provide a driving record from all states in which they have held a license during the past three years. * At least 18 years of age at the time of hire. * DNR Core Competencies: * Personal Accountability * Value Others * Compassionate Communication * Inspire Others * Commitment to Excellence * All employees of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Vaccination status will be verified at the time an offer of employment is made. An accommodation may be available for individuals who have a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason for not receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, based on the essential functions of this position. Desired Qualifications: * Desired course work includes: * General Biology * Environmental Sciences * Wildlife and Fisheries Ecology * Ecology and Evolutionary Biology * Forest Mensuration * Silviculture * Natural Resource Management * Plant Identification * Beginning knowledge of theory, policy, principles, and practices of natural resource management. * Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office and ArcGIS. * Basic written and oral communication skills. * Candidates should have work or recreational experience driving on logging roads. Location: One of the world's most scenic places, Washington State offers breathtaking discoveries for people who love natural beauty and outdoor recreation, from the Pacific Coast shores to the rugged Cascade Mountains to the rolling hills of the Palouse. Your office will be located in Forks. For more information on this area visit, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected for most office activities. When approved to return, staff are expected to report to their assigned duty station for work activities or may be approved for telework based on DNR's telework policy. About the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). At DNR we approach our work through the lens of making Washington a better place environmentally and are dedicated to serving Washington's lands and communities through diversity, equity and inclusion. With nearly 1,500 employees in locations throughout Washington, we manage and protect more than 5 million acres of state-owned forest, range, commercial, agricultural and aquatic lands. Our Vision - Our actions ensure a future where Washington's lands, waters, and communities thrive. Our Mission - Manage, sustain, and protect the health and productivity of Washington's lands and waters to meet the needs of present and future generations. Our Core Values: * Safety and Well-Being -Our top priority is the safety of the public and our employees. * Public Service -We value and respect the public we serve, and we value and respect the people of the Department of Natural Resources who step up to serve. * Innovation and Creative Problem-Solving - We solve our state's most pressing challenges through innovative thinking, dedication, and bold and creative vision. * Leadership and Teamwork -We are committed to building leaders at all levels and building teams for success. DNR provides excellent benefits, a few of those include: * Commitment to organizational health and wellness * Work/life balance * DNR Employee Resource Groups (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, Women's Employee Resource Group, Veterans Employee Resource Group, etc.) * Statewide Employee Business Resource Groups, visit here to learn more * Leadership that empowers and supports employees * Professional development opportunities * Educational and career development aid * Public Service Loan Forgiveness Eligibility * Opportunities to participate in wildland fire suppression assignments * A comprehensive benefit package that includes employer contributions toward health insurance, paid holidays, retirement plans, sick leave and vacation days. Visit for more information. Application Requirements: * To be considered you must apply online at (Click on the APPLY button above). You must complete the entire online application to be considered for the position. * A letter of interest, no more than two pages in length, describing your interest in forestry or in fisheries and what you would like to gain from this internship. * Attach a resume describing your experience and qualifications. * Provide three to five professional or professor references - you may attach a document, use the References text field in the online application, or include with resume. * Attach an unofficial copy of your transcripts. * Complete all supplemental questions. Additional Information: This recruitment may be extended and may also be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to sixty (60) days. Veterans wishing to claim Veteran's preference please attach a copy of your DD-214, NGB-22 or other verification of military service. Please black out your social security number prior to attaching. We thank you and are grateful for your service! Persons needing accommodation during the screening process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact DNR Recruiting staff at (360) 522-2500 or (360) 522-0143 or by email at Those with a hearing impairment in need of accommodation are encouraged to contact the Washington State Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) at 1-800-833-6388 or DNR is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. Check us out on: DNR's website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | YouTube | WordPress Questions? Please contact Kyle Martens at 360-902-1272, or e-mail us at Once you submit your online application, you can check your status by logging into your account. If you experience technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524-5627 or email


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