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Forester Intern

Company: Greening Youth Foundation
Location: Ely
Posted on: March 20, 2023

Job Description:

Forester Intern

Location: Ely, Minnesota

Position Description:
This 32-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. This position requires a detailed oriented and self-motivated individual. The internship will focus on Timber Sale Preparation and allow for the development of knowledge, skills, and expertise to assist the Kawishiwi Ranger District to reach its annual timber target. This job involves supervising our 4 person timber crew, writing timber sale contracts, appraising timber sales, checking sales for NEPA compliance, creating cruise plans, cruising and marking timber, laying out sale area boundaries, recommending units for treatment, helping develop silvicultural prescriptions, reconning futures sales, and other timber sale related duties. The supervision of the 4 person crew will not be part of the job during the internship but would become part of the duties if converted to a full time permanent position.


Prepare Timber Sale Contracts

Appraise Timber Sales

Create Cruise Plans

Cruise Timber Sales

Layout Timber Sales

Mark Timber and Check Crew Timber Marking Quality

Scout Future Timber Sales and Make Treatment Recommendations

Relay Current Information to the Silviculturist and Participate in the Development of Prescriptions

Check NEPA Mitigations and Make Sure Timber Sales are NEPA Compliant

Create Timber Sale Maps



A 4-year Forestry or a related Natural Resource Management Degree is required. Skills in ARC GIS, TIM (timber information management), Cruise Design, Excel, Tree Identification, Various Cruising Techniques, and Technical Writing are all desired but onsite training in these can also occur. Candidates need to be able to hike through brush, snow, swamps, and dense vegetation in temperatures ranging from -30 F to 100 F daily. Candidates also need to be comfortable working by themselves in the forest in remote locations that may not have cell service.


$16.25/hr or $650/wk.

Practical, on-the-job experience in natural and cultural resource management careers

Coaching and mentoring by Forest Service staff and partners

Weekly stipend; housing, travel, and training allowances; and optional health care

Networking access to career opportunities with Forest Service units

Eligibility for the RAP Direct Hire and Noncompetitive Hiring Eligibility authorities for 2 years after successful completion of the program


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Ely, Minnesota is the Gateway to much of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). Ely is a small community (about 3,000 year-round residents) but has most services available. Highways do not extend North or East of Ely and we are said to be at the end of the road. The nearest town with a Wal-Mart and Target is Virginia MN (pop. 8,000) and it is about an hour drive to the Southwest. Duluth MN is the closest city, and it is about a 2-hour drive to the South. Ely has one grocery store, a movie theater, a public sauna, several year-round and some seasonal restaurants, several hotels, one K-12 school with about 400 total students, and a small community college. Summers in Ely are warm and humid with several bug and tick seasons. Temperatures in the summer range from highs in the 60's to highs in the 90s. Winters in Ely are cold with most winters having several weeks with low temperatures of -30 F or colder and highs at or near 0 F. Most winters the temperatures will only rise above 32 degrees for a couple of days between November and March. Common recreational activities in Ely are canoeing, fishing, camping, boating, ATVing, hiking, ice-skating, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, winter camping, dog sledding and ice fishing.


*This is a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed. Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client. For more information, please refer to www.irs.gov or talk with a tax professional.

Questions? Email Jaina Reed Thompson at jreed@gyfoundation.org

Keywords: Greening Youth Foundation, Duluth , Forester Intern, Other , Ely, Minnesota

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