Botanist Resource Assistant – ONSITE – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Methow Valley Ranger District

Botanist Resource Assistant – ONSITE – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Methow Valley Ranger District

Start/End Dates: February 5, 2024 – September 30, 2024

Compensation: $650 per week + $1000 monthly for housing

Medical insurance provided on request.

Application Due: October 31, 2023 

The Resource Assistants Program seeks to engage ethnically and racially diverse young professionals in natural resource careers.

You must be:

  • a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
  • a college graduate.

* A personal vehicle is required for this position.

Please Apply Here

Position Description: 

This is an 8-month position supporting the Botany and Invasives Programs by performing to a variety of botanical and sensitive plant species duties and technical duties in support of the unit noxious weed control program on the Methow Valley Ranger District of the Okanogan – Wenatchee National Forest in Washington.

  • Complete a minimum of six months of directly related work experience.
  • Meet the Qualification & Standards for the position to which the Intern may be converted to.
  • Maintain acceptable performance under the agency’s approval performance management system.
  • Receive favorable recommendation for conversion from mentor/supervisor.


  • This position requires a detail oriented and self-motivated individual that is willing to learn and is passionate about botany. 
  • Primary field responsibilities will include field surveys to identify, document, and map noxious weed infestations; Participation in the evaluation and monitoring of the threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species and plant community and vegetation management programs; Locate, survey, identify, and record threatened, endangered and sensitive plant species.
  • Collect and summarize informational data.
  • This role may include coordination with partners such as state and government agencies, university faculty, land trusts, and non-governmental organizations.
  • Work in both an office and field environment.


  • Major studies relevant to this position are Bachelor’s degree with a major in botany or an appropriate field of biology with two years or more of experience in 1) independently collecting and evaluating biological data; 2) preparing reports with biological findings, 3) assisting with development of biological study proposals, survey designs, and/or scopes-of-work or Two years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s equivalent graduate degree in botany or an appropriate field of biology.
  • Ability to create maps and data collection forms, manipulate databases, and manage spatial information with Esri software (ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, Arc GIS Survey 123, Arc GIS Field Maps).
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Self-motivated and comfortable working both independently and as part of a team.
  • Physically fit to conduct field work during hot conditions, sometimes in dense vegetation, in areas with ticks and snakes.
  • Knowledge and skills of oral and written communication to prepare reports and effectively. collaborate with coworkers and with State and local officials.

Direct Hire Authority (DHA)

All RAP interns receive Direct Hire Authority (DHA) at the successful conclusion of their internship. DHA status enables an agency to hire, after public notice is given, any qualified applicant. A DHA expedites hiring by eliminating competitive rating and ranking, veterans’ preference, and “rule of three” procedures. For more information, please click HERE.

EEO Statement

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