USFS Forest Entomology Internship: Colorado

Updated: 5 months ago
Location: Fort Collins, COLORADO
Deadline: 26 May 2023

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Fort Collins, Colorado
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*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis. USFS Office/Lab and Location: A fellowship opportunity is available with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) located in Fort Collins, Colorado. At the heart of the U.S. Forest Service's mission is their purpose. Everything they do is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because their stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives the agency’s mission and motivates their work across the agency. It’s been there from the agency’s very beginning, and it still drives them. To advance the mission and serve their purpose, the U.S. Forest Service balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by: working in collaboration with communities and our partners; providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; connecting people to the land and one another; and delivering world-class science, technology and land management. Research Project: The research is part of a series of studies aimed at increasing our understanding of the biology and ecology of western bark beetles and the development of sustainable management strategies for forested landscapes to mitigate mortality levels. The participant will be processing tree cores from entomological studies aimed at examining tree and stand resistance bark beetles and resiliency through the examination of growth rates and annual ring characteristics. In addition, the participant will be involved insect trapping studies by collecting and processing samples including identifying insect specimens. The research will be primarily in the laboratory with some field outings. Learning Objectives: As a result of this training the participant will learn about sample processing required for research purposes, data management, statistical analysis, identification of major bark beetle species, and processing of tree cores from mounting to dating and measuring. Mentor: The mentor for this opportunity is Jose Negron ( If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor. Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2023; start date is flexible (earlier or later). Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for four months but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds. Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time. Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Citizenship Requirements: This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens only. ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields. Preferred Skills: Basic knowledge of insect identification. Basic knowledge of tree ring analysis. Availability for occasional travel.
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