The NorthWoods Stewardship Center is hiring a Sustainable Forestry Intern for a 14-week summer/fall season. This intern will gain experience while working with Forest Stewardship and Conservation Science staff on wildlife habitat assessments, GIS mapping, riparian habitat restoration, seed collection, invasive plant control, environmental education, and landowner outreach projects during the first half of the internship. In the second half of the internship, this person will transition into a crew leader role for the fall season, working on forest management projects with 2-3 other interns and Forest Stewardship staff.
Projects during the 2021 Sustainable Forestry Internship will include wildlife habitat assessments and ecological mapping for private landowners; invasive plant control (under supervision of a Vermont Commercial Pesticide Applicator); riparian restoration project development and implementation; pre-commercial thinning and low-impact timber harvesting in the NorthWoods Demonstration Forest; tree planting; forest landowner outreach and consulting (working with a Vermont Licensed Forester); firewood processing; and other forestry, conservation, and education projects. Emphasis will be placed on gaining knowledge and understanding while completing boots-on-the-ground projects, with optional reading and discussions about ecology, water quality, silviculture, management goals/decisions, and forest dynamics. Current forest health priorities will be addressed, with a focus on landscape-level forest integrity, sustainable forestry practices, and invasive species management.
Qualified applicants should have basic knowledge of ecology and/or forestry, ability to identify local tree species, and chainsaw training (Game of Logging, US Forest Service or equivalent. For those without chainsaw training, Game of Logging will be offered at a reduced cost during the internship). Preferred qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in forestry or environmental science, experience with GPS/GIS mapping, Wilderness First Aid/First Responder training, invasive plant control experience, and/or forest management experience.
This position is very physically demanding and requires extensive outdoor work in varied weather. Applicants must be comfortable with this work environment and able to navigate in the woods with a map/compass and GPS unit. A positive attitude, strong work ethic, physical fitness, and interest in forest ecology, management, and education are essential!
Employment Period is from June 14, 2021 – October 8, 2020 (16 weeks). 40 hrs/week. Start/end dates may be flexible for qualified applicants with scheduling conflicts. Occasional weekend work may be required.
Compensation is $15/hr. Discounted housing may be available; inquire for details. Free/discounted participation in NorthWoods events and free equipment rentals (canoes, camping gear, woodshop, etc.)
About NorthWoods Stewardship Center
NorthWoods is a non-profit conservation organization serving the communities of northern Vermont and New Hampshire through our Education, Conservation Corps, Conservation Science, and Forest Stewardship programs. Our Charleston, Vermont campus and 1,450 acre demonstration forest are a destination for outdoor recreation, as well as a hub for youth and adult education, sustainable land management, and ecological conservation.