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Outdoor Stewards of Oregon

OSO Internship Opportunities

Outdoor Stewards of Oregon (OSO) is a paid internship program offered through TBCC and three local land management agencies. Throughout this experience, learn essential industry skills and work alongside others in your future career field with a mentor that supports you. See available internships below. All internships require an OSO application. You may apply for multiple internships.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Applications are now open for Summer 2024 Internships. Please apply below!

Internship Interest Location Agency
Natural Resources
Hebo
Forestry Service (FS)
Natural Resources
Hebo
Forestry Service (FS)

The Forest Service
Natural Resources Internship

Hours: 40 per week
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8 hr days, 8 AM – 5 PM
Wage: $18.00
Estimated Start Date: 06/17/2024
Estimated End Date: 08/31/2024
Open Until: Filled
Location: Hebo Ranger District, 31525 Hwy 22, Hebo, OR 97122

Supervisor: Lauren Yokum

Agency Information:
Agency: Forest Service (FS)
Mentor: Eric Andersen
Phone Number: 541-815-7034
Email: eric.anderson@usda.gov
Title: Partnership Coordinator

Overview:
The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, “Caring for the Land and Serving People,” captures the spirit of our mission. The Siuslaw National Forest’s Hebo Ranger District encompasses 151,000 acres of lush coastal forest, dunes, and meadows in Oregon’s northern Coast Range. The district is home to productive forests, diverse wildlife and fisheries, and recreation opportunities.

Selected applicants will be assigned to a field crew to assist Forest Service staff performing field work for the Hebo Ranger District in recreation, aquatics, wildlife, and timber programs. Overall goals include providing interns with a range of experiences across disciplines by participating in Forest Service natural resource activities, learning about the Forest Service as an agency, and building connections with the local community.

Working Conditions:
Work is conducted primarily in the field. Work is routinely performed in rough uneven ground, within and adjacent to streams, on and/or off trail in dense brushy conditions. A variety of weather conditions will be encountered ranging from cold and wet to hot and dry.

Responsibilities:

  • Aquatics activities include aquatic organism passage (AOP, culverts) surveys, fish surveys (presence/absence), stream temperature and turbidity monitoring, stream and riparian habitat surveys, stream nutrient enhancement, collection of eDNA, abandoned road surveys and engage the public through outreach events.
  • Wildlife activities involve identification of Marbled Murrelet nest trees, identify wildlife trees in timber units, conduct Oregon Silverspot butterfly monitoring & habitat improvement, and perform Western Snowy Plover surveys.
  • Silviculture activities include stand exams, tree inspection, forest and vegetation surveys, tree planting inspection, maple tree seed collection, and other related activities.

Qualifications:

  • Must have completed at least 1 year Tillamook Community College with emphasis in Natural Resource courses.
  • Must be at least 18 years old with a strong work ethic and willingness to learn, an understanding of outdoor environments and an interest in public lands.
  • Possess a positive attitude, flexibility and commitment to the program while having basic knowledge of tools, the ability to lift 25 lbs., hike long distances and perform strenuous labor.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction and safely perform tasks.
  • Ability to be respectful and considerate to all team members, land managers, and visitors

Special Instructions:
Forest Service bunk housing is not available. Employee is required to provide their own rain coat, rain pants and sturdy boots for working in forest conditions such as walking on uneven ground and steep slopes. A boot stipend is provided but may not cover full cost of boots. Employee will be provided all tools and equipment for job such as gloves, hardhat, or specialized technical gear for completing assigned tasks.

Supervisor: Lauren Yokum

Agency Information:
Agency: Forest Service (FS)
Mentor: Eric Andersen
Phone Number: 541-758-8787
Email: eric.andersen@usda.gov
Title: Partnership Coordinator

Fill out the application below to apply for this internship

The Forest Service
Recreation Trails Intern

Hours: 40 per week
Schedule: Monday – Friday 8 hr days, 8 AM – 5 PM
Wage: $18.00
Estimated Start Date: 06/17/2024
Estimated End Date: 08/31/2024
Open Until: Filled
Location: Hebo Ranger District, 31525 Hwy 22, Hebo, OR 97122

Supervisor: Lauren Yokum

Agency Information:
Agency: Forest Service (FS)
Mentor: Eric Andersen
Phone Number: 541-815-7034
Email: eric.anderson@usda.gov
Title: Partnership Coordinator

Overview:
The mission of the Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Forest Service motto, “Caring for the Land and Serving People,” captures the spirit of our mission. The Siuslaw National Forest’s Hebo Ranger District encompasses 151,000 acres of lush coastal forest, dunes, and meadows in Oregon’s northern Coast Range. The district is home to productive forests, diverse wildlife and fisheries, and recreation opportunities.

Selected applicants will be assigned to a field crew to assist Forest Service staff performing field work for the Hebo Ranger District in recreation, aquatics, wildlife, and timber programs. Overall goals include providing interns with a range of experiences across disciplines by participating in Forest Service natural resource activities, learning about the Forest Service as an agency, and building connections with the local community.

Working Conditions:
Work is conducted primarily in the field. Work is routinely performed in rough uneven ground, within and adjacent to streams, on and/or off trail in dense brushy conditions. A variety of weather conditions will be encountered ranging from cold and wet to hot and dry.

Responsibilities:

  • Recreational activities include trail maintenance to maintain and/or protect as water quality, fish and wildlife habitat, and other resource values. Remove invasive noxious weeks to help prevent their spread
  • Assist in designing two trails: a new section of Oregon Coast Trail in the Cascade head Scenic Research Area and a trail through Silverspot butterfly habitat on Mt. Hebo. The new trails will deepen the human to nature experience, improve access for members of the public, improve understanding of local resources and promote stewardship.

Qualifications:

  • Must have completed at least 1 year Tillamook Community College with emphasis in Natural Resource courses.
  • Must be at least 18 years old with a strong work ethic and willingness to learn, an understanding of outdoor environments and an interest in public lands.
  • Possess a positive attitude, flexibility and commitment to the program while having basic knowledge of tools, the ability to lift 25 lbs., hike long distances and perform strenuous labor.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instruction and safely perform tasks.
  • Ability to be respectful and considerate to all team members, land managers, and visitors

Special Instructions:
Forest Service bunk housing is not available. Employee is required to provide their own rain coat, rain pants and sturdy boots for working in forest conditions such as walking on uneven ground and steep slopes. A boot stipend is provided but may not cover full cost of boots. Employee will be provided all tools and equipment for job such as gloves, hardhat, or specialized technical gear for completing assigned tasks.

Supervisor: Lauren Yokum

Agency Information:
Agency: Forest Service (FS)
Mentor: Eric Andersen
Phone Number: 541-758-8787
Email: eric.andersen@usda.gov
Title: Partnership Coordinator

Fill out the application below to apply for this internship

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