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Timber Marker Intern (Forest, MS)
Ref No.: 19-00052
Company/Department:USDA Forest Service/Region 8
Location: Forest, Mississippi
Position Type:Intern
Start Date: 06/10/2019
Site Location: National Forests in Mississippi (Bienville Ranger District)

Position Description:
This 24-week program is a rigorous work and learning experience that provides exposure to the Forest Service, development and training opportunities, and the opportunity to make a lasting impression on generations to come. Participants will gain experience in timber marking, timber cruising, harvest unit layout, harvest and service contract inspections. Specific duties will include, but are not limited to:
  • 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.
  • Under supervision of a professional forester, and using pre-established marking
    rules, select and mark trees to be harvested or left uncut. Client 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.
  • Bring attention to responsible individual situations where specific prescriptions do not fit ground conditions.
  • 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.
  • Follow clear direction given by supervisor or other senior personnel and implement it efficiently, producing high quality outcomes that meet Regional standards.
  • Summarize cruising and marking data and prepares reports and topographic maps indicating quantity of timber, condition of area, difficulties to be encountered, etc.
  • 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. Monitor and inspect for compliance (with terms) of timber contracts.
  • Perform other resource or fire duties as qualified and assigned.
Participants will gain: 
  • A two-year hiring authority allowing interns to apply to internal Forest Service positions.
  • Mentorship from a master performer throughout the program in an apprentice-style setting that trains them specifically for a pre-identified permanent position in the Southern Region.
  • An invitation to a Southern Region job fair to apply for full-time positions.  The timing of the job fair will coincide with the ending of the internship
Participants should: 
  • Have an interest in natural resources, public service and connecting people to their public lands.
  • Be willing to move to locations in the Southeast.  For this internship, a permanent position for which the intern is highly encouraged to apply is located in Forest, MS.
  • Be interested in working in and fostering an inclusive work environment.
Application Deadline: March 29, 2019
Benefits: Relocation, training, and monthly housing stipends 

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