Planning/Environmental Studies Internship Opportunity – Tree Inventory
The City of Forest Grove
Job Title: Planning Intern – Tree Inventory (Unpaid Internship)
Overview: The City of Forest Grove is seeking an individual to inventory and analyze trees within the City known as the urban forest. The work involves collection of data using maps and forms and data entry using computer programs. The individual will also
have the opportunity to analyze the data and complete a report summarizing major findings. The City’s Senior Long Range Planner will provide day-to-day project coordination under the direction of the Community Development Director.
Required Qualifications: Applicants must be detail-oriented and have the ability to interpret maps, use a computer, and work independently. The ideal candidate should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 and experience with a variety of computer applications such as spreadsheets, databases, and word processing software.
Coursework and/or an interest in environmental studies or arboriculture are helpful.
Detailed Description: The City of Forest Grove, Community Development Department, is in need of assistance preparing an inventory of trees within the City. The information will be used to identify the distribution of trees species within the City, overall tree condition, and environmental benefits to the community resulting from the urban forest. The data will also be used to establish a baseline to set priorities for the City’s community forestry program and support the City’s Tree City USA Growth Award
application for calendar year 2010. The position will include a combination of field work and office tasks. The planning intern will assist the planning staff in collecting data in the field and from aerial photos. The planning intern will also assist planning staff with entering data into a database for analysis and reporting.
Benefits: The project has benefits for the selected candidate, the City government, and the community at large. The selected candidate will gain marketable job experience in the area of environmental studies and arboriculture, as well as mentoring in an active and supportive work environment. In addition, the person working on the project has the opportunity to use computer skills.
Duration: 12-20 hours/week for 12-18 weeks, depending on selected candidate’s schedule
How to Apply: Submit completed Forest Grove intern application form and cover letter to Kari Middleton, Volunteer Coordinator, City of Forest Grove, 1924 Council Street, P.O. Box 326, Forest Grove, OR 97116. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. December 15. Applications can be downloaded at: http://www.forestgrove-or.gov/city-services/human-resources-employment-opportunities.html