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Student Trainee – Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences

Lincoln National Forest
Job Field:
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
New Mexico
Location Detail:
Job Description:

The Lincoln National Forest is currently seeking a Natural Resources student intern to work in the Supervisor’s Office in Alamogordo, NM. This position is open to current undergraduate and graduate students and is seasonal full-time. Interested candidates should apply on USAJOBS (announcement number 23-NPT-SUM-NR-345-NTE) by January 27, 2023. More information about the specific position and location at the Lincoln National Forest is below. If you have questions about the position, please reach out to the Natural Resources Staff Officer, Haley Ritger, at or 575-434-7294.

The purpose of this Outreach Notice is to provide additional details about the work and duty location for the Student Trainee (Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences) position at the Lincoln National Forest’s Supervisor’s Office.


ABOUT THE POSITION: This student trainee will work directly for and be mentored by the Natural Resources Staff Officer for the Lincoln National Forest, located at the Supervisor’s Office (SO) in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The student trainee will work closely with the Botany staff in the SO and will have the opportunity to work with Natural Resources staff on the Ranger Districts.

Examples of work performed include the following:

• Conduct botany surveys for highly endemic rare plant species

• Establish monitoring plots and refine monitoring protocols

• Conduct soil disturbance monitoring • Build one-rock dams and beaver dam analogs for stream restoration projects

• Conduct vegetation monitoring for federally-listed wildlife species, such as the Mexican spotted Owl and New Mexico meadow jumping mouse

• Support several Forest resource areas by collecting seeds and/or planting native plants to enhance habitat

• Ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act Refer to USAJOBS announcement for specific qualification and eligibility details.



The Lincoln National Forest is headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico. The Lincoln covers approximately 1.1 million acres and consists of three Ranger Districts - Smokey Bear (D1 – Ruidoso, NM), Sacramento (D2 – Cloudcroft, NM), and Guadalupe (D3 – Carlsbad, NM). There are three major mountain ranges that cover 1,103,441 acres in southeastern New Mexico - Sacramento, Guadalupe, and Capitan. Elevations of 4,000 to 11,500 feet pass through five different life zones from Chihuauhan desert to subalpine forest. Vegetation ranges from rare cacti in the lower elevations to Englemann spruce in the higher elevations.

More people enjoy the Lincoln National Forest and the surrounding areas for recreation use than for all other uses combined. In the summer, climatic relief provided by the mountains draws people from surrounding deserts and plains. The Lincoln National Forest can provide the recreational experience you seek: sight-seeing, wildlife watching, picnicking, camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding, motorcycling, or caving. The Lincoln National Forest is known as the birthplace of the world-famous Smokey Bear, the symbol of the campaign to prevent forest fires. The original Smokey Bear is buried in Capitan, New Mexico.


Alamogordo is a comfortable, stable community nestled in a sunny high desert basin, bordered on the east by the Sacramento Mountains and to the west by Holloman Air Force Base. Alamogordo is located along highway 54 approximately 90 miles north of El Paso, Texas. The city was founded in 1898 as a terminal for the local railroad and the basic beginnings are still in place. Since that time, Alamogordo has become the county seat of Otero County and is the metropolitan center of the Tularosa Basin with approximately 31,000 residents. The city offers an abundance of natural scenery and outdoor activities with the White Sands National Monument, Lincoln National Forest, and International Space Hall of Fame being major attractions.

Recreation and culture are right at the top of the list in Alamogordo. Outdoor recreation opportunities are countless and include hiking, camping, picnicking, mountain biking, wildlife watching, ATV riding, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, inner tubing, and many others. Major attractions for outdoor recreation include the Lincoln National Forest, White Sands National Monument, Oliver Lee State Park, Three Rivers Petroglyphs, and Valley of the Fires State Park.

Alamogordo has Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center providing medical services. The largest shopping center in Alamogordo is the White Sands Mall including a Marshalls and Harbor Freight Tools. Grocery stores include Super WalMart, Albertson’s, Walmart Neighborhood Market, and Lowe's Grocery. In addition to the shopping mall, many independently owned shops and franchises are located throughout the city. Alamogordo, Otero County, and the local communities have social events spanning the entire year. Alamogordo offers convenient travel due to its location on U.S. Highways 54 and 70. Major highways I-25 and I-10 are 70 miles away and are easy to reach. The El Paso International Airport is the closest airport that offers large airline service at 85 miles away

How to Apply:

All applications must go through USAJOBS (announcement number 23-NPT-SUM-NR-345-NTE): The announcement closes on January 27, 2023. ABOUT THE POSITION

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