Urban Forestry Intern (Paid)

  • Village of Skokie
  • Mar 28, 2024
Internship- Paid Forestry

Job Description

The Village of Skokie is currently seeking qualified candidates to work as a paid intern in the Forestry division of our Public Works Dept.  In this challenging and rewarding position you will assist the Village Forester with day-to-day inspections and operations in managing the Village’s urban forest and assist the forestry and landscape crews as needed during the months of May through August. We are flexible and willing to work with the student and college to modify the work program as needed for an internship. We can also reasonably modify the job functions to better fit the career goals of the student. 

Responsibilities include entering data related to the pruning, treatment, removal, or planting of trees; Small tree care, including watering, pruning & mulching; Surveying for diseased & dead trees; Assisting with ground work for tree trimming and removals; Assisting with landscape design and installation; Performs forestry, landscape and irrigation inspections; Forestry office administration work including grant writing & plan reviews; writing social media posts related to trees. General landscape maintenance including litter pick up, weeding, mulching, edging, and line trimming; Plants annuals, perennials, and small shrubs; Performs other work-related duties, as assigned. 

Must at least 18 years of age and be a current student or recent graduate pursuing or holding a degree from an accredited institution in forestry, arboriculture, horticulture, turf management, landscape architecture, environmental sciences, or another closely related field; Able to effectively use Microsoft Office Suite software; Must follow all safety rules and regulations of the Village; Must possess a valid Driver’s License.  To learn more about the Village of Skokie, please visit us at skokie.org. 

Physical activities may include lifting, kneeling, squatting, walking, standing, or driving.  The work is performed primarily outdoors and subject to temperature extremes, rain, or other inclement weather.

To be considered for this position, please submit a completed Village of Skokie Application for Employment to the Human Resources Office, Village of Skokie, 5127 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL  60077 or by email to human.resources@skokie.org by April 19, 2024. Applications are available on the Skokie Jobs page at skokie.org. 

The Village of Skokie is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment in all aspects of our operations and activities.  We recognize that diversity encompasses differences in race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, nationality, and other individual characteristics, and we value the unique perspectives, experiences, and contributions that each person brings to our organization.  We encourage feedback and we strive to improve our diversity, equity, and inclusion practices to reflect a sense of belonging and community for all individuals, regardless of their backgrounds or identities.  As the Village of Skokie is known for ‘welcoming everyone’, we strive to create spaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and included. EOE

Job Level



Government- Local/Regional



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