Smithsonian CTFS-ForestGEO Forest Census Internship & Field Crew Lead Positions

The Smithsonian Institution (CTFS-ForestGEO in partnership with Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, SCBI) seeks four interns-at least one of which will be international- and a field crew lead to participate in recensus of the SCBI forest dynamics plot in Front Royal, Virginia, USA. The 26-hectare study site is part of a global network of forest research sites led by the Smithsonian Institution’s ForestGEO Network ( The plot of mature deciduous trees is located on the SCBI’s main campus, where participants will be within a research community focused on conservation ecology and biology. In 2018, we will resurvey all marked stems and any recruitment during the years since last surveyed (2013). Participants will build experience in forest census, tree identification, and field research while learning about temperate deciduous forest diversity, dynamics, and drivers of change.

Successful applicants must have a recent university degree and some experience in forest Successful intern applicants must have a recent university degree (within 3 years) and some experience in forest field research. Ideally, the crew leader will have a master’s degree in forest ecology, botany, or a related discipline and/or direct experience leading a forest survey crew. A strong work ethic, attention to detail, enthusiasm to work outdoors under a range of weather conditions, and ability to work effectively with a team are essential for all applicants. Applicants should have knowledge of tree species identification and experience in forest ecology. The field crew lead should have mastery of eastern US tree species identification.

Internships will be March through September 2018 (6 months), and the field crew lead will work February through October 2018 (8 months). Interns will be compensated with a stipend sufficient to cover living expenses, and the field crew lead will be paid commensurate with experience. Housing on the SCBI campus will be available to all participants.

The application package should consist of 1) a cover letter outlining past field or research experience, 2) a detailed resume or CV, and 3) contact information for 2-3 references.
US applicants should send materials to  by January 1, 2018. International Applicants should end materials to by December 1, 2017, as described in this ad:

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce; female and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.