Coronado National Forest Pathways Intern Botanist

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Location of Opportunity: 
Off Campus
Host Department/Organization: 

Coronado National Forest

Opportunity Description: 

The Coronado National Forest is looking to hire a Student Trainee (Biological Sciences with Botany emphasis), GS-0499-5. The Coronado National Forest is one of the most diverse National Forests in the nation, with a multitude of issues and opportunities that bring national attention to the Forest. We are seeking an innovative and motivated individual willing and able to continue our efforts in being an employer of choice.

Major Duties and Responsibilities: This Pathways Internship position is located at the Supervisor’s Office of the Coronado National Forest in Tucson, Arizona and serves as an Intern in support of the Forest Service Natural Resources Programs. Specific disciplines covered in this position include botany and invasive species management, but may include other natural resources as needed. This is a not-to-exceed one year appointment that does not have conversion potential to a full-time position. This position will give the intern valuable land management experience. The intern will receive training in the principles, concepts, work processes, and regulations of one or more functional areas of Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences. Work assignments are usually clear-cut and designed to provide experience in a variety of activities. The incumbent can be expected to work with more experienced personnel in conducting surveys for rare plants, database entry, invasive species management, and general vegetation inventories. The position may require extensive field work in climatic extremes. On a scheduled basis, following the Pathways Participant Agreement, the intern will receive assignments in various Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences functions to gain an understanding of the various program concepts and operations, develop an understanding of the total mission as well as organizational/functional interrelationships, and develop a foundation for more specialized application of knowledge gained from on-the-job training assignments.

Paid Position: 
How to apply: 

You must be currently enrolled in a degree program leading to a graduate degree in natural resources, preferably in botany or plant sciences. Current students interested in the available position should apply on beginning March 6.

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The Coronado National Forest consists of five Ranger Districts and a Supervisor's Office. One District office is located in each of the following Southern Arizona communities: Douglas, Nogales, Safford, and Sierra Vista. The Santa Catalina District office is located in Tucson, as is the Supervisor’s Office.

Mission Statement: Our Forest mission is to sustain the unique biodiversity of the Sky Island ecosystems and provide a variety of high quality visitor opportunities and services within the capabilities of these ecosystems. We promote the use of prescribed fire as an important tool in maintaining healthy ecosystems. We will continue to enhance our organizational effectiveness and community partnerships.

Vision: The Sky Islands of the Coronado National Forest are healthy ecosystems with an abundant and diverse flora and fauna. They provide an array of high quality outdoor recreation opportunities with an emphasis on enhancing visitor understanding and enjoyment of the Forest’s special natural and cultural resources. Rural communities and urban residents collaborate with the Forest Service. Our employees are highly valued as conservation leaders. The importance of working together to manage all the natural resources grows every year. Partnerships and volunteers increase the Coronado National Forest’s stewardship capacity by connecting people within communities and meeting natural resource goals. Today, collaboration has become essential to fulfilling the Forest Service mission of “Caring for the Land and Serving People.” Communities, landowners, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and citizens are critical components. They help develop long-range management plans and implement conservation and stewardship projects. Working with other federal, state, and local agencies; user groups; and unique organizations such as Customs and Border Patrol, who want to be involved in public land management, is critical to provide the setting and products available on the Forest.

Research Theme(s): 
Natural Environment and Biodiversity