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Northeast Oregon Forest Management Planning Internship

 

Wallowa Resources is pleased to offer two summer internships for college students with backgrounds in forestry or natural resources. The work experience will focus on development of written forest management plans meeting the objectives of private, non-industrial forest owners in northeastern Oregon.
The internships are offered in collaboration with Oregon State University Extension Service (Forestry and Natural Resources Program), the Oregon Department of Forestry, and area consulting foresters.
Details

INTERNSHIP PERIOD: June 25 through August 30, 2019 (approximately 10 weeks)
COMPENSATION: $11.00 per hour (or equivalent stipend); housing included

LOGISTICS:
● Housing (dormitory style) included at Wallowa Resources’ headquarters in Enterprise, Oregon (Wallowa County).
● Interns are responsible for their meals, but will have access to a communal kitchen area.
● Interns are responsible for their own transportation to and from the internship program. During the internship, transportation for accessing field sites will be provided, or in some cases reimbursement (mileage) may be provided to interns for use of personal vehicles.
● Interns will be required to provide their own personal clothing and footwear appropriate for the terrain.
● Interns will be outfitted with all necessary field safety and measuring equipment for the duration of the internship, and access to computers, printers, etc., provided.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
The internship will include approximately two weeks of training on northeast Oregon plant associations, soils, geology, forest types, forest management, stand delineation, forest inventory, forest health, wildlife habit, and other considerations pertinent to development of written forest management plans. Interns will work with the region’s Extension Forester, and with one or more professional consulting foresters, to develop functional forest management plans that meet Oregon Department of Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and American Tree Farm System requirements. Additional educational and forest-related experiential activities will be interspersed throughout the intership.

WHO CAN APPLY:
● Students at any stage of their college experience, from any higher education institution, are invited to apply.
● Minimum age is 18 (as of June 25, 2019).
● Applicants must be physically capable of working out-of-doors in forested terrain with uneven footing.

BACKGROUND
ABOUT WALLOWA RESOURCES:
Wallowa Resources is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, Wallowa Resources has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. Headquartered in Wallowa County, we strive to help communities throughout Northeast Oregon balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of their resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. We work with a wide range of public and private partners to undertake collective efforts that reduce wildfire risk, improve forest and watershed health, develop natural resources work forces, and increase effective collaboration among the region’s many interest groups. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education. https://www.wallowaresources.org/

ABOUT ENTERPRISE:
Enterprise is the county seat of Wallowa County, Oregon. It has a population of about 2000, and sits in a broad valley flanked by the majestic Wallowa Mountains and the Eagle Cap Wilderness area. The town will serve as the host location for the internship, and interns will find it offers all the necessities (groceries, laundromat, banks, etc.). From Enterprise, it is a short jaunt to the artsy town of Joseph, and beautiful Wallowa Lake (http://josephoregon.com/). The area is an outdoors person’s dream, with easy access to hundreds of miles of backcountry and wilderness trails in the Eagle Cap Wilderness and nearby Hells Canyon.

ABOUT NORTHEAST OREGON:
Northeast Oregon is unique geologically and in community perspective. The Blue Mountains dominate the region, with numerous peaks reaching to elevations over 9,000 feet. Broad valleys are farmed for wheat, corn, mint, garlic, seed crops, potatoes, sugar beets, and many specialty crops. Livestock production is common (cattle in particular), and the area still features many areas of open range. Forests dominate the mountain flanks, consisting of varying mixes of ponderosa pine, western larch, interior Douglas-fir, grand fir, lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, and subalpine fir, along with a few areas of western juniper and at high elevations some limber pine and whitebark pine. The landscape is fire-adapted, but decades of fire exclusion have left areas of it at significant wildfire risk. The personality of the region is uniquely collaborative, with a frontier “let’s-get-it-done” perspective.

Application Process
Submit your application package to:
John Punches
OSU Extension Forester
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541-963-1061

Include:
● Resume summarizing your college experience with forestry and natural resources, and work experience (all). Include personal contact information.
● Letter (2 pages maximum) describing your interest in the internship
● Names and contact information for three professional or personal references

Early Consideration Deadline: April 30, 2019
● All applications received by April 30, 2019, will be considered
● The two most qualified applicants will be selected

Extended Period Consideration:
● Applications received after April 30, 2019, may be considered, if the internship slots have not already been filled
● Contact John Punches (information above) to determine if applications are still being accepted

Northeast Oregon Forest Management Plan Training

Wallowa Resources is pleased to offer four “Forest Management Plan Training” opportunities for individuals with backgrounds in forestry and/or natural resources. The objective of the program is build the capacity of forest and natural resource technicians in northeastern Oregon to complete forest management plans for private forest landowners. The program was created to provide added capacity for forest management plan development to meet newly-implement Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) cost share requirements.

 THIS TRAINING OPPORTUNITY WILL INCLUDE

  • A required 6 day onboarding training: June 25, 26 & 27 and July 16, 17 & 25 (opt out may be requested if you can demonstrate you already have experience).
  • Each technician will help an experienced forester complete at least 3 Forest Management Plans that meet the objectives of private, non-industrial forest owners in northeastern Oregon.
  • Flexible work schedule. With the exception of the 6-day onboarding training, work schedule is highly flexible, but will be coordinated with consultants.
  • Equipment: Access to basic forestry equipment throughout the training; and access thereafter to a “Tool Library” Wallowa Resources will maintain. 
  • Total compensation for program: $2750 for training (approx. 48 hours) + completion of 3 management plans under the guidance of an experienced forest consultant (approx. 90 hours) by August 30

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Individuals who have a (1) forestry technician degree; (2) associated degree in natural resources; or (3) comparable experience are all invited to apply.
  • Applicants must be physically capable of working out-of-doors in forested terrain with uneven footing.
  • Availability to complete training process and required 3 plans – approximately 138 total hours of commitment over the course of the summer (48 hours for training + 90 hours for 3 plans)

FOREST MANAGMEENT PLAN TRAINING PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The “Forest Management Plan Training” Program is being provided to individuals in Northeast Oregon with forestry/natural resource degrees or equivalent experience who are not presently developing forest management plans for landowners or would like more guided experience doing so. The training program will begin with approximately two weeks of training for the technicians on northeast Oregon plant associations, soils, geology, forest types, forest management, stand delineation, forest health, wildlife habit, and other considerations pertinent to development of written forest management plans. The technicians will then work with the region’s Extension Forester, forestry partners, and be paired up with professional and experienced consulting foresters, to develop three functional forest management plans that meet Oregon Department of Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and American Tree Farm System requirements.

ABOUT WALLOWA RESOURCES & THE MY BLUE MOUNTAINS WOODLAND PARNTERSHIP

The Forest Management Plan Training Program is being offered by the My Blue Mountains Woodland Partnership – supporting sustainable forest markets and jobs, and connecting forest landowners in Union, Baker, Umatilla and Wallowa counties with the knowledge, skills, and assistance they need to be active stewards of their forests. Key partners providing this training include Wallowa Resources, Oregon State University Extension Service (Forestry and Natural Resources Program), Oregon Department of Forestry, American Forest Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and area consulting foresters. 

All technicians will be employed by Wallowa Resources. Wallowa Resources is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, Wallowa Resources has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. Headquartered in Wallowa County, we strive to help communities throughout Northeast Oregon balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of their resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. We work with a wide range of public and private partners to undertake collective efforts that reduce wildfire risk, improve forest and watershed health, develop natural resources work forces, and increase effective collaboration among the region’s many interest groups. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education. https://www.wallowaresources.org/  

Submit your application package to:
Alyssa Cudmore

Wallowa Resources
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
503-428-3777

 

Include:

·         Resume summarizing your education & work experience with forestry and natural resources, and other related experiences.

·         Include personal contact information. 

·         Letter (2 pages maximum) describing your interest in the program

·         Names and contact information for three professional or personal references

 

 All applications received by April 30, 2019, will be considered. Extended Period Consideration: Applications received after April 30, 2019, may be considered, if the training slots have not already been filled. The four most qualified applicants will be selected

Northeast Oregon Forest Consultants

Wallowa Resources is pleased to offer four opportunities for forest consultants in Northeast Oregon. The objective of the program is to pair up experienced forest consultants with forest and natural resource technicians to share their experience as forest consultants and co-produce 3 forest management plans for identified private forestland landowners in Wallowa, Baker, Union & Umatilla counties. The program is designed to build forestry and natural resource consultant capacity in northeastern Oregon, specifically in response to newly-implemented Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) requirements that all forest landowners have a forest management plan in place before accessing cost share dollars.

THIS PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE:

  • A required evening onboarding training: During last week in June; specific date/time will be determined once consultants have been hired.
  • Train three forest technicians: Each forest consultant will mentor forest technicians /natural resource contractors to develop 3 forest management plans (more depending on availability) that meet the standards required for the landowner to qualify for NRCS/ODF cost share programs.
  • Flexible work schedule. With the exception of the ½ day onboarding training, work schedule is highly flexible, but will be coordinated with technicians.  
  • Equipment: Responsible for your own equipment, but equipment for technicians will be provided. 
  • Total compensation for program: See fee schedule below.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Professional degree in forestry from an accredited institution
  • Forestry work experience in Northeast Oregon
  • Previous experience completing forest management plans to ODF standards
  • Willingness to work in a mentorship role with a forestry technician to train and mentor the technician to gather data and co-develop 3 forest management plans (anticipated to 90 hours of commitment over the course of the summer)
  • Your own equipment and transportation
  • Liability insurance

FOREST MANAGMEENT PLAN TRAINING PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The “Forest Management Plan Training” Program will provide technicians with approximately two weeks of training on northeast Oregon plant associations, soils, geology, forest types, forest management, stand delineation, forest health, wildlife habit, and other considerations pertinent to development of written forest management plans. Each technician will work with the region’s Extension Forester, forestry partners, and be paired up with three or more professional consulting foresters, to develop three functional forest management plans that meet Oregon Department of Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and American Tree Farm System requirements.

 

ABOUT WALLOWA RESOURCSE & THE MY BLUE MOUNTAINS WOODLAND PARNTERSHIP

The Forest Management Plan Training Program is being offered by the My Blue Mountains Woodland Partnership – supporting sustainable forest markets and jobs, and connecting forest landowners in Union, Baker, Umatilla and Wallowa counties with the knowledge, skills, and assistance they need to be active stewards of their forests. Key partners providing this training include Wallowa Resources, Oregon State University Extension Service (Forestry and Natural Resources Program), Oregon Department of Forestry, American Forest Foundation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and area consulting foresters. 

All forest consultants will be employed by Wallowa Resources. Wallowa Resources is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, established in 1996 with leadership from Wallowa County Commissioners. Since then, Wallowa Resources has worked to bring people together to empower rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes through land stewardship, education, and job creation. Headquartered in Wallowa County, we strive to help communities throughout Northeast Oregon balance rural economic well-being with the stewardship and conservation of their resources, preserving each rural area’s heritage of making a living from the land. We work with a wide range of public and private partners to undertake collective efforts that reduce wildfire risk, improve forest and watershed health, develop natural resources work forces, and increase effective collaboration among the region’s many interest groups. Wallowa Resources is nationally recognized for its leadership and on-the-ground results in land stewardship, watershed restoration and education. https://www.wallowaresources.org/

Submit your application package to:
Alyssa Cudmore

Wallowa Resources
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
503-428-3777

Include:

  • Resume. Include personal contact information. 
  • Letter (2 pages maximum) describing your interest in the program and/or sample Forest Management Plan
  • Names and contact information for three professional or personal references

All applications received by April 30, 2019, will be considered. Extended Period Consideration: Applications received after April 30, 2019, may be considered, if the mentor slots have not already been filled. The four most qualified applicants will be selected.

FEE SCHEDULE

Total compensation will vary based on landowner interest and their property acreage.  Each forester/technician pair will complete at least 3 plans. 

ACERAGE OF PROPERTY

BASIC FOREST MANAGEMENT PLAN (BFMP) COST*         

10 - 25 Acres

$1,371  **

26 - 40 Acres

$1,726  **

41 - 2,000 Acres

Ranges from $1846 up to $4471 **
$1,845 + (1)

2,001 -15,000 Acres

Ranges from $4460 up to $10,700  **
$4,460 + (2)

(1)  [(# acres - 40) x 1.34]

(2)  [(# acres - 2,000) x .48]                                                          

* RATE INCLUDES: (1) Field Observation Hours (2) Plan Writing Hours (3) LO Meeting Hours (4) Travel Hours (5) Mileage (6) Mentoring of a Forest Technician (approx. 30 hours/plan)

** If landowner would like Full Stewardship Plan – landowner will pay 25% additional.