2018-09-15 / Outdoors

Intern gains real-world insights

By Zack Garner


Zack Garner applied some of his classroom skills to the outdoor learning environment as an intern with the Pa. Bureau of Forestry. He is pursuing a college degree in forestry and wildlife studies. Zack Garner applied some of his classroom skills to the outdoor learning environment as an intern with the Pa. Bureau of Forestry. He is pursuing a college degree in forestry and wildlife studies. A bachelor’s degree is not always enough to land a job in forest management. Many employers also want to see experience in the job field on an applicant’s resume.

I had the good fortune to gain some valuable real-world work experience this past summer as an intern with the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Forestry Bureau, assigned to the Emporium-based Elk State Forest.

Pursuing a degree in both wildlife and forestry, I got my feet wet in both disciplines. I was able to assist the Pa. Game Commission in finding and tagging elk calves. I also learned a great deal about forest management.

One of my work assignments was treating ash trees for an exotic and potentially devastating invasive insect, the emerald ash borer.

I also tallied timber for future sales, assisted with invasive plant species mitigation and surveyed vegetation impact protocol plots.

This was a rewarding and educational experience that could only be obtained by spending time on the job.

To learn more about forest management or internship opportunities, contact the Bureau of Forestry office at 486-3353.

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