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An Internship Provides Much More Than a Summer Job

Published on: Feb. 2, 2011

intern measuring treeDuring the summer of 2010, I had the opportunity to work as a forest resource management intern at the Eminence Forest District office. MDC internships give college students an opportunity to be introduced to the Department and to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom. As an intern I carried out routine forestry tasks such as inventory and timber sale and administration. Inventory is essentially measuring forests to determine, among other things, the volume of wood and overall health of the forest. This data is used to make forest management decisions. Timber sale/administration is the ongoing process of ensuring that our forest resources are utilized in a sustainable manner and that loggers are harvesting timber in a responsible way with minimal impact to the land.

mourning dove surveyBroad Range of Duties

In addition, throughout the internship I was able to help with a wide variety of projects within the Current River District including trapping and banding mourning doves for an interagency migration study, teaching an archery clinic for Cub Scouts and marking a timber stand improvement project for a landowner. I was also able to help measure the new state champion shortleaf pine, Missouri’s only native pine species.

archery clinic with scoutsMore than a Summer Job

This internship has given me both valuable experience in forestry and the satisfaction that the work I did over this summer helped the Missouri Department of Conservation achieve its mission of wisely managing the state’s natural resources.

Interested in an Internship?

A forest management internship is again available at Eminence for the summer of 2011. Call or e-mail Resource Forester Michael Bill for more information.

Key Messages: 

We work with you and for you to sustain healthy forests, fish and wildlife.

Comments

On February 16th, 2011 at 6:00pm cardem said:

Thanks for asking about the summer internships available to students.  These internships were listed in the career section of the MDC web page and they take applications during the months of December and January.  While the internships are no longer listed, there are several other positions that you may explore.  The first step is to fill out an on-line profile.  Go to the main web page and scroll to the bottom on the right hand side and select Career Opportunities.  Good luck.  MDC is a great place to work and the staff can be proud of the work they do to make Missouri's forest, fish and wildlife something Missourian's want to enjoy!

On February 14th, 2011 at 6:12pm Anonymous said:

IN THE MARTHASVILLE RECORD YOU SAID THAT YOU NEEDED SUMMER HELP. I WAS JUST WONERIND WHERE I COULD APPLY AT, BECAUSE I HAVE BEEN ALL OVER THIS WEBSITE TRYING TOO FIND IT. THANKS FOR READING, KYLE
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