Forestry SCA Intern: The Ocala National Forest is seeking motivated and hard-working individuals to fill a seasonal position on our Timber Management Team. This is an excellent opportunity to work in one of the most unique timber ecosystems in the National Forest system.
Term: Begins May 22, lasts 12 or 24 weeks
Duties for Wildlife SCA Intern: Ecosystem Management Technician
Wildlife Interns will work hard, and build vital skills needed for a strong resume and excellent professional references in natural resources conservation. You will be part of a search-and-destroy team responsible for controlling invasive plants that are drastically degrading habitats of imperiled Florida species. You will hike cross-country through a beautiful, unique, rugged and ecologically-diverse subtropical forest in the heat of summer, often carrying a 45-pound backpack of herbicide, to carry out your important mission. You will be trained to identify native and invasive species, understand the safety and management of applying various physical and chemical methods of controlling different non-native invasive plant species, use advanced skills in Geographical Positioning Satellite data loggers, interface the logger with computer Geographical Information System, improve your navigation and orienteering field skills, while you increase your outdoor fitness.
You will be a Weedinator! With invasive species being among the greatest threats to conservation, these skills and experiences alone will greatly enhance your professional marketability, along with the positive reference you could earn from well-established professionals supervising you. In addition to your primary mission, you also will assist in endangered species surveys and monitoring, habitat enhancement projects, and work with other disciplines involved in conservation to broaden your experience and knowledge. We are looking only for field-rugged, dedicated, conservation professionals who will rightfully earn accolades with their sweat and the withered stalks of dead weeds in their wake. Do you have what it takes to call yourself an Ocala National Forest Weedinator?
- Lays out boundaries of Timber Harvest areas as outlined in NEPA documents considering variables such as accessibility, stream protection, nesting tree protection, wildlife impacts, fuels management and regeneration requirements.
- Prepares area maps, marks unit boundaries and uses GPS to record boundary locations.
- Conducts timber cruises and surveys within varying stand conditions to locate and estimate the quantity of timber on a given area, according to species, type, and quality.
- Estimates volume, defect, and quality of timber in a given area. Measures and detects timber on the ground using maps and written cruise plans provided by an advanced cruiser that explain sampling intensity, plot locations, type of cruise and any special instructions.
- Is able to follow clear direction given by supervisor or other senior personnel and implement it efficiently.
- Summarizes cruising and marking data and prepares reports and topographic maps indicating quantity of timber, condition of area, difficulties to be encountered, etc.
- As assigned, assists in other aspects of natural resource management.
- Monitors and inspects for compliance (with terms) of timber contracts under the supervision of a Harvest Inspector or Timber Sale Administrator.
- Skill in use of cruising, marking and layout tools such as Relaskop, diameter tape, and compass.
- Work requires moderate strenuous physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, and working in a hot climate.
- Work is performed in a forest environment where the terrain may be uneven, rocky, sandy and covered with thick, tangled vegetation. Temperatures range from very dry and hot to extremely wet. Rain, wind, or dust may be encountered.
- Work requires the use of safety equipment such as boots, gloves, goggles and hardhats.
For more info: Contact Liz Ramirez at firstname.lastname@example.org.