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Natural Resources Intern - Forestry Technician (Timber/Silviculture), Lakewood, WI

Apply now(opens in a new window) Job No: 506514
Division/Organization: Extension
Department: Land & Water Program
Job Type: UW Student Jobs
Remote Eligbility: Not Remote
Location: Lakewood, WI
Salary/Wage Range or Lump Sum: $18.00 Hourly
Job Categories: Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Critical Thinking/Problem Solving, Teamwork/Collaboration, Professionalism/Work Ethic, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Education and Training, STEM, Data Analysis, Summer Off-Campus Opportunities, Athletics, Sports, and Recreation, Career Management

Department Overview:

The Division of Extension’s mission is to connect people with the University of Wisconsin system through statewide education and research programs. To learn more about Extension’s Natural Resource Institute, visit:

The mission of the US 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. To learn more about the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, visit:

Anticipated Start Date:

May 2024 (but some locations may start a week later)

Anticipated End Date (If Applicable):

August 23, 2024

Remote Work Eligibility Detail:

Not Remote


Anticipated Hours Per Week:



Employees mainly work 10 hours each for four days. Namely, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, employees start work at 8 AM and end at 6 PM. Hours may vary, depending on weekly duties and asks per Forest Service Staff.

Salary/Wage Range/Lump Sum:

$18.00 Hourly

Number of Positions:



- Undergraduate student currently pursuing a degree in Biology, Botany, Conservation Biology, Environmental Sciences, Forest Science, Forestry, Horticulture, Recreation, Soil Science, Wildlife Ecology, etc..
- Enthusiasm to learn about diverse natural resource careers.
- No prior field experience is necessary.
- We strongly encourage applications from first-generation college students and groups that are underrepresented in natural resources and environmental sciences.
- Successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.
- Employment will require a criminal background check

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

- Relevant coursework or practical experience in biology, conservation, recreation management, natural resources, or environmental sciences.
- Ability to carry 20 pounds in the field for the entire field day.
- A driver's license and be an authorized driver of Fleet vehicles in the state of Wisconsin.
- Ability to hike in heavily vegetated rugged Wisconsin terrain.
- Ability to perform fieldwork in inclement weather.
- Ability to safely operate outdoor field equipment including hand tools.
- Aptitude for teamwork and collaborating with others.

Position Summary/Job Duties:

The Natural Resources Intern - Forestry Technician (Timber/Silviculture) will support US Forest Service staff with timber and silviculture programs in the Lakewood-Laona Ranger District of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (

Examples of specific work and duties include:
- Conducting stocking and survival surveys in planted and naturally regenerated timber stands.
- Performing timber stand improvement using brush saws, chainsaws, and hand tools.
- Inspecting contracts for reforestation, timber stand improvement, or genetic tree improvement.
- Monitoring stands for oak wilt infections and keeping detailed records.
- Marking oak wilt infection centers for cutting and removal.
- Using global positioning systems, aerial photographs, topographic maps, GIS and/or compass in navigation.
- Performing highly physical labor and daily hiking, sometimes to remote locations in rugged terrain under possible adverse weather conditions.
- Data entry and other duties in a laboratory/office setting.
- Participating in professional development workshops to gain leadership skills and learn about diverse career paths for natural resource professionals.

Interns will attend a weeklong group training at the beginning of the program at Treehaven, a natural resources education and conference facility in Tomahawk, WI that is operated by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Forest Service housing for interns may be available at some locations at the agency’s quarters fee rate which is dependent on a variety of factors. Contact the supervisor listed below for more information on housing.

Physical Demands:

The student assistant will work in an outdoor environment. Some walking, standing, bending, carrying, or lifting relatively heavy items is required. Field work will include working in rough, uneven terrain and in all weather conditions. Protective clothing and/or equipment may be required in many assignments.

Institutional Statements:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

UW-Madison is an Equal Employment, Equal Access Employer committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background-people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:

Accommodation Statement:

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website:


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