Intern Forester

Hiring Organization: Oklahoma Forestry Services
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Wilburton, Idabel, and Goldsby, Oklahoma
Application Deadline: November 30, 2021

Major Duties:

Interns will work alongside foresters, rangers and staff all summer long. Here’s a sample of past intern projects:

  • measure progeny tests for genetic gains in McCurtain County
  • recon and plan prescribed burn units on BOR land in Comanche and Jackson Counties
  • plan, calibrate, and spray seedlings in McClain County
  • conduct seedling survivals in LeFlore County
  • pack and plant containerized shortleaf and loblolly seeds in McCurtain County
  • meet with groundskeepers at Oak Tree Country Club in Oklahoma County
  • construct firelines in preparation for prescribed burns in LeFlore County
  • attend Youth Forestry Camp as counselors and teachers at Beaver's Bend SP in McCurtain County
  • assist with shortleaf pine prescribed burns in Latimer and LeFlore counties
  • inspect tree nurseries in Cherokee County
  • suppress a wildfire in Pushmataha County
  • assist with cruise plots on Keystone Ancient Forest in Osage County
  • work alongside urban foresters and arborists in Oklahoma County
  • assist with FSP preparation in Latimer County
  • assist with McGee Creek prescribed burn project in Atoka County
  • plan and conduct a financial analysis for building a greenhouse in McClain County  learn about the water quality impacts of residential development in Cherokee County

Education and Experience:

Requirements for an intern forester are two or more semesters of university course work toward a bachelor’s degree in forestry from an accredited university attained before beginning the assignment.

Location and Housing:

The successful applicant will spend several weeks at each of three work locations: Wilburton, Idabel, and Goldsby, Oklahoma. Housing is provided free of charge. Each location has bunkrooms, complete kitchens and bathroom facilities.

More Information and How to Apply:

Contact Craig Marquardt at 918.465.2082 with questions about the positions. You may email questions to To apply, email a resume and one page narrative to Craig Marquardt describing your school experience and qualifications and explaining why you are the best candidate for our summer intern program.

Oklahoma Forestry Services’ Internship Program:

The agency is committed to the development of professional foresters during their school years. The internship program puts forestry students alongside professional foresters, forest rangers, and staff to give those students a closer look at the broad array of programs typically delivered by state forestry agencies. Interns have opportunities all summer long to work in areas as varied as pine and hardwood management on private lands, timber stand improvement, environmental education, urban forestry, forest genetics, prescribed fire, forest regeneration, equipment operation, and seedling cultivation. Timely opportunities to participate in unique projects seem to pop up every year and broaden the intern’s experience.

The program’s dates and duration are designed to fit school schedules unique to forestry majors. Beginning and ending dates are flexible, based upon the student’s school schedule, and recognize that most forestry students are required to attend summer sessions to develop field skills. The program is designed for a number of consecutive weeks and is not well-suited for intermittent weeks throughout the summer.

State Description:

Oklahoma is usually depicted as a land of wide-open prairies and few trees. People are generally surprised to learn that more than one-quarter of the state’s 44 million acres is forested. Oklahoma’s landscape is currently covered with 12.5 million acres of forests. The state’s most productive forests, in terms of growth rates and timber harvesting activity, are found in the eastern and southeastern part of the state, but forests with unique and significant values can be found statewide. About Oklahoma Forestry Services: Oklahoma Forestry Services consists of a relatively small team of professional foresters, firefighters/rangers, and support staff. The organization’s size provides foresters with a variety of work experiences, the opportunity to assist with other operations, and a diversity of special projects. Learn more about Oklahoma Forestry Services: