2020 International Visiting Wildlife Biologist Volunteer

2017 International Visiting Wildlife Biologist from Bhutan in front of the Forest sign

The Willamette National Forest will again host an International Visiting Wildlife Biologist in 2020. This volunteer opportunity is open to all current and future wildlife biologists who reside outside the U.S., and who have some experience with ornithology and conservation education. Current international students living in the U.S. are eligible to apply.

One purpose of this program is to develop and strengthen professional and personal ties between foreign nationals, U.S. citizens, and institutions. These people-to-people programs enable government visitors to understand and experience U.S. culture and society, and contribute to our knowledge of foreign cultures. Feedback from past participants and others involved has helped to strengthen this program over many years.

Since 1992, we have hosted twenty-three biologists from Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Ecuador, Ireland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Bhutan, and Austria between one and nineteen months. Visiting biologists are directly involved in district and forest wildlife program activities. 

Individual projects in 2020 may include but are not limited to: 

  • Continue to develop and implement the Conservation Education program for schools and the local community, with an emphasis on more immersion (full day or longer)

  • Amphibian monitoring and development of a monitoring plan

  • Development of a photo display of species the district is particularly interested in for wildlife sightings

  • Work with other biologists to provide wildlife input to a district project

  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) work using ARCMAP (beginning and intermediate courses are offered)

The Willamette National Forest program is supported by our Washington office international programs staff, and more useful information may be found at http://www.fs.fed.us/global/visitor_program/welcome.htm

How to Apply


Start Date: early March 2020

Program details and instructions on how to apply

Program application

More information

Ruby Seitz, Wildlife Biologist
Phone: 541-822-7256