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APRIL 23, 2019

Pines & Needles is a weekly career newsletter specifically for FNR students that includes upcoming events and resources. There’s only 1 more Pines & Needles for the spring semester. This week’s edition highlights Earth Week! See below for ways you can participate. Also included, learn about how to apply for a scholarship to attend the Association of Consulting Foresters 2019 National Conference that’ll take place in June.

Be sure to check out the FNR Job Board (updated weekly) for a full list of opportunities you may qualify for.

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Campus community invited to Earth Week events

You're invited to participate in free events held April 24-27 on or near the West Lafayette campus as part of Purdue's Earth Week. Additional details are available at the Earth Week 2019 webpage. Follow @SustainPurdue on Twitter or @PurdueSustainability on Facebook for upcoming events. Questions may be directed to The week's events include:

  • April 24  "The Human Element" documentary screening, 5:30 p.m., Córdova Recreational Sports Center, Boilermaker Room.
  • April 25  10th Annual Tree Campus USA Recognition, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., west of University Hall. A tree planting event with limited availability is open to students, who must pre-register and wear closed-toe shoes to participate.
  • April 27  DeTrash the Wabash, 9 a.m.-noon, Tapawingo Park. Registration is required, and additional information is available on the Wabash River Enhancement Corporation.

FNR Lunchtime Seminar TODAY:
Causes, Consequences, and Solutions of Forest Regeneration Failures in the Inland Empire

The Inland Empire of northern Idaho and surrounding region plants over 30 million seedlings each year following timber harvesting and natural disturbances such as high-severity wildfires. Compared to many other forest regions that rely on tree planting, the diversity of soils and climate along with the mountainous terrain necessitate the planting of multiple species, including Interior Douglas-fir, western larch, and Ponderosa pine. This presentation will focus on recent research in Dr. Andrew Nelson's (University of Idaho) lab that examines techniques to increase seedling survival including improving seedling quality from the nursery, effective site preparation, advances in tree improvement, and matching genotypes and/or species to various site conditions. Attend this seminar TODAY, April 23 from 12-1:00 PM in PFEN 120.

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Upcoming Workshops

Workshop: Interviewing for Grad Students
April 24 | 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. | RAWLS 2097 

Visit the CCO Calendar for additional information.

Field Assistants Needed for Summer 2019 Forest Research

Undergraduates will have an opportunity to collaborate with four different interdisciplinary labs on laboratory and field work focused on plant and ecosystem ecology, forestry, and plant-insect interactions. Several full-time positions are available for summer 2019. Interested individuals should contact John Couture at

Association of Consulting Foresters Scholarship

Interested in learning more about the consulting forestry profession? Want to attend a conference where you could meet potential employers? Apply for a Scholarship to attend the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) 2019 National Conference in French Lick, IN! Up to six forestry students have the opportunity to attend the ACF National Conference June 23 – 24 at no charge and with support for travel. Completed applications must be received by the ACF National Office no later than May 15, 2019. For more information and to apply, see the Pines & Needles PDF.

The AFA Crop Science Institute rotates between locations every three years. Don't miss your chance to join us in sunny California! You have untilApril 10 midnight CT to apply for the AFA Crop Science Institute in Sacramento, CA. If selected, you will join 60 other talented college students in Sacramento to explore careers and opportunities in crop and soil sciences. Through formal and informal networking with peers and crop sector leaders as well as tours to area businesses, you will get a first-hand look at the industry and gain skills you need to succeed. Apply Now.


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Every year, students land internships, jobs or volunteer work with several companies and organizations, including Aquatic Control, Dow AgroSciences, The Nature Conservancy, and the U.S. National Park Service. Click here to see who’s hired FNR undergraduates and alumni.

Internship at the Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission

The SIRPC is seeking an intern who is interested in acquiring multi-disciplinary work experience working at a regional entity who addresses a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. The position will allow the intern to learn and provide staff assistance in the planning and execution of community/economic development projects. See the job posting on the FNR Job Board for more information. Interested candidates should submit a resume detailing relevant work experience and references to

Opportunity at Chain O' Lakes - Seasonal Interpretive Specialist

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! The mission of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is to protect, enhance, preserve, and wisely use natural, cultural, and recreational resources for the benefit of Indiana's citizens through professional leadership, management, and education. The Seasonal Property Interpretive Specialist provides customer service and education to the general public regarding property features and historical context. Interpretive Specialists should seek opportunities to engage property guests and manage large crowds when necessary. For more information and to apply, visit the Work for Indiana site. Questions can be addressed to Kaitlyn Sproles at

Grand Calumet River Restoration Crew Member

In northern Lake County, Indiana, The Nature Conservancy owns or helps manage more than 500 acres containing a mosaic of rich habitats, including globally rare dune and swale habitat. Restoration efforts are geared toward helping delist the Grand Calumet River as an Area of Concern by reinstating beneficial uses related to wildlife and wildlife habitat. This is a unique opportunity to work in an area that contains more than 30 percent of Indiana's rare and endangered species. If you have a personal passion for conserving and protecting the natural world with a belief in the mission, principles, and values of The Nature Conservancy's approach to conservation, please visit and search for job ID# 47529 for more information and to apply. Deadline to apply is 11:59 PM EST on May 3. 2019.

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