Forester Intern

Position Description:
These internships will provide exposure to the Forest Service, and work in all phases of planning, pre-sale forestry and reforestation. The primary focus of these positions is pre-sale forestry (layout/marking/cruising timber stands for sales), stand inventory and non-native species control. But the internship will include developmental assignments in forest inventory, silviculture, interdisciplinary planning, layout/marking/cruising timber for sale, timber sale appraisal and accounting, non-native invasive species control, and reforestation. Interns will be afforded the opportunity to attain cruiser certification, chain saw certification, and herbicide applicator certification. Tree and plant identification skills are a plus. These positions will begin in October 2017, and continue full-time for 52 weeks.
Major duties will include, but are not limited to:


  • Perform duties which are designed to orient the employee in the application of academic theories and basic forestry principles to a variety of work situations.  
  • Receive formal and on-the-job instructions and training designed to familiarize the intern with functions and operations of the organization, and to provide experience in the practical application of basic forestry principles, theories, methods, techniques and practices.
  • Evaluate and analyze project folder information and conducts a preliminary field reconnaissance. 
  • Assemble and review the timber sales contract package.  
  • Conduct 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.
  • Estimate volume, defect, and quality of timber in a given area. 
  • Measure and defect 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.
  • Lay out boundaries of cutting areas as outlined in the NEPA, considering variables such as accessibility, steep slopes, stream protection, nesting tree protection, wildlife impacts, fuels management and regeneration requirements.
  • Mark trees using marking rules in areas complicated by variations in type, species composition, defect, site, age, class, etc.
  • Prepare area maps, marks unit boundaries and occasionally uses GPS to record boundary locations.
  • Summarize cruising and marking data and prepares reports and topographic maps indicating quantity of timber, condition of area, difficulties to be encountered, etc.
  • As assigned, assist in other aspects of natural resource management, such as inspection of forestry planning and cutting contracts to ensure state required Best Management Practices are implemented.
  • Conduct reforestation surveys, stand inventory, of forest health surveys.
  • May secure certifications timber cruiser, chain saw operator, herbicide applicator, ATV/UTV operator, and basic firefighter.
  • Perform other resource or fire duties as qualified and assigned.

 These positions are primarily field-going and interns should expect to work:

  • In all weather conditions – including sub-freezing temperatures, snow, rain, heat or high humidity
  • In a variety of terrains – including flat, steep, slippery, rocky, wetlands or
  • In a variety of vegetation conditions – including forest stands with thick brush or heavy fern understory, stands with blown down timber, young stands, stands with non-native invasive plant species, areas with standing dead trees, plantations or meadows
  • In areas where there is likelihood of encountering wildlife and risks due to ticks, bees and/or rattlesnakes

Location:  Allegheny National Forest (Marienville, PA)*
Compensation: $12/hour
*Site housing available


Questions? Email Eboni Preston at
Greening Youth Foundation (GYF, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to nurture environmental stewardship among diverse youth and young adults, while exposing them to conservation careers.
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