Field Forestry Intern

Working in our Conservation Ventures, North Coast Forest Conservation Program, this six month position (June to December) is intended to provide valuable field support for the management of 74,000 acres of redwood forest, while providing practical forest management experience to a current (or recent graduate) natural resources student.  The Conservation Fund manages these properties for sustainable timber harvest, watershed restoration, wildlife habitat protection, and low-impact public access.  Intern(s) will be employed from June – December 2014 (dates are flexible).  People of color, women, veterans, and residents of Mendocino County are especially encouraged to apply.

The essential functions of this position include but are not limited to assisting the North Coast Timberlands Manager, Forester, Forest Technician, and Program Coordinator with conducting field activities.  The primary responsibility will be surveying for Northern spotted owls, conducting a forest inventory in recent harvests areas, and establishing more permanent plots to monitor forest growth.  Additional job duties may include any or all of the following depending on actual program needs and the applicant’s individual strengths and interests.  Opportunity to complete a research project may be possible.

Forest inventory—install and measure temporary and permanent plots to collect information on timber stand characteristics;

Timber Sale Layout—Under the supervision of an Registered Professional Forester identify and delineate harvest boundaries and stream buffers, identify and mark individual trees and small groups for harvest;

Road and Sediment Source Assessments—Under the supervision of the Timberlands Manager  evaluate and quantify potential erosion sites and road maintenance needs;

Biological surveys—participate in surveys or habitat assessments for Northern spotted owls, red legged frogs, anadromous fish, and other species of interest;   

Silvicultural projects—Oversee and monitor silvicultural activities designed by the RPF  such as tree-planting, brush-clearing, weed removal, and other projects;

Public access—help keep properties in safe condition, including install road signs, remove trash, spread straw mulch to reduce erosion, and monitor trespass;

Office tasks—update GIS layers, organize records, enter inventory data, etc.

Gain experience with the day to day activities of managing conservation related forestland.

Specialized training will be provided for First Aid, ATV safety, road assessments, timber marking, inventory specifications, wildlife surveys, etc.  

It is required that the candidate meets these qualifications (at a minimum):

  • Be enrolled in or graduating from a degree program in natural resource management.
  • Have some field experience in forestry, natural resources, fisheries, botany, biology or related field. 
  • Ability to navigate and work safely in forested conditions and steep terrain.
  • Motivated individual, eager to learn and to contribute as opportunities arise.
  • Strong work ethic and time management skills.
  • Good communication skills
  • Computer and basic statistical analysis skills, including MS Word and Excel.  ARCGIS is a plus.
  • A commitment to conservation. 

Physical/Mental Requirements:  This position will regularly require the ability to safely travel to and perform field tasks at distant work sites in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, and sometimes in difficult and hazardous terrain.  

We are an equal opportunity employer; people of color, women, and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

The Conservation Fund


Fax:  (703) 525-4610