USFS Bioacoustics Monitoring Program

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USFS Bioacoustics Monitoring Program

Paid Internship


*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

USFS Office/Lab and LocationA research opportunity is available at the USDA Forest Service located in Springfield, Oregon. Research will take place in Oregon’s Cascade Range, near the HJ Andrews Study Area and Blue River, Oregon.

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.

The mission of the Ecological Process and Function Program is to advance and communicate knowledge of fundamental ecological processes and interactions across scales and develop applications of this knowledge to enable improved management of ecosystems and resources.

Research Project: The Bioacoustics Monitoring Program conducts passive bioacoustics research as an alternative method to monitor trends in wildlife populations that takes advantage of technological advancements in non-invasive detection equipment. 

Learning ObjectivesThe participant will gain first-hand, on the ground experience with logistics involved with conducting bioacoustics wildlife monitoring using autonomous recording units in remote mountainous areas to monitor for the presence of wildlife, including spotted owls, and other birds and mammals. Participant will also learn about emerging artificial intelligence frameworks and data organizational structures used for efficiently analyzing large amounts of bioacoustics data and will have the opportunity to connect with researchers on the forefront of this evolving field of wildlife research.

Mentor(s)The mentor for this opportunity is Todd Wilson (todd.wilson@usda.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring/Summer 2021.  Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

Appointment LengthThe appointment will initially be for three months, but may be renewed upon recommendation of USFS and is contingent on the availability of funds.

Level of ParticipationThe appointment is full-time.

Participant StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience.

Citizenship RequirementsThis 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 InformationThis 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.

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. 


The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree in one of the relevant fields.

Preferred skills:

  • Orienteering skills using topographic maps, aerial photos, compass, and handheld GPS units
  • Above average physical fitness, willingness to conduct research during irregular hours. Research is physically strenuous and involves hiking in rain, snow, heat, and on steep, brushy slopes without established trails. 
  • Ability and willingness to collect data in a backcountry setting
  • Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to collect data independently or as part of a team as the situation demands
  • Ability to conduct research in adverse weather conditions
  • Interest in wildlife ecology and desire to enhance understanding of the ecology of Pacific Northwest forests

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