Application Deadline: 12/21/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Reference Code: USDA-USFS-2022-0384
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: November 1, 2022. Start date is flexible and negotiable, and will depend on a variety of factors.
Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for six months, but may be extended upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.
Level of ParticipationThe appointment is part-time (25 hours per week).
Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

USFS Office/Lab and Location:

A research opportunity is available at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forestry Service (USFS), Olympia Forestry Sciences Laboratory located in Olympia, Washington.

At the heart of the U.S. Forest Service’s mission is their purpose. Everything they do is intended to help sustain forests and grasslands for present and future generations. Why? Because their stewardship work supports nature in sustaining life. This is the purpose that drives the agency’s mission and motivates their work across the agency. It’s been there from the agency’s very beginning, and it still drives them. To advance the mission and serve their purpose, the U.S. Forest Service balances the short and long-term needs of people and nature by: working in collaboration with communities and our partners; providing access to resources and experiences that promote economic, ecological, and social vitality; connecting people to the land and one another; and delivering world-class science, technology and land management.

Research Project:

Avian species on the east side of the Cascades Range in the Pacific Northwest, USA are the focus of this project. In particular, the participant will collaborate with research staff to tag audio recording unit and game camera data and organize these tagged data to ensure reproducibility of research findings.

Learning ObjectivesThis participant will gain hands-on experience organizing, processing, and analyzing large-scale wildlife monitoring data to help inform natural resource management.

MentorThe mentor(s) for this opportunity is Adam Duarte (adam.duarte@usda.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentors.

Citizenship Requirements:

This opportunity is available to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR), and foreign nationals. Non-U.S. citizen applicants should refer to the Guidelines for Non-U.S. Citizens Details page of the program website for information about the valid immigration statuses that are acceptable for program participation.

ORISE Information:

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and USFS. Participants do not become employees of USDA, USFS, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.


The qualified candidate should have received a High School Diploma/GED, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Preferred skill(s):

  • Ability to identify avian species by call

How to Apply

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A complete application package consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. Click Here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV
  • Two educational or professional recommendations. Applications need at least one recommendation submitted in order to be viewed by the mentor.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.

Application Deadline: 12/21/2022 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

Questions: Please visit our Program Website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email USForestService@orise.orau.gov and include the reference code for this opportunity.