Interview with Summer 2020 Forester Intern Colleen

The Department of Natural Resources offers a variety of internship opportunities available statewide. The internship program is designed to offer professional development opportunities to students pursuing an associate, bachelor’s or graduate degree in relevant fields. For National Intern Day, we interviewed Colleen Purefoy. She is the 2020 Summer Forester Intern for the South Puget Sound region, is currently attending Grays Harbor College and will be graduating in two quarters with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Forest Resource Management.

In the interview, Colleen mentioned that she has had a good experience as a forester Intern for the SPS region. Her favorite aspect of the internship has been that she has the opportunity to work with different people that are able to mentor her. The DNR offers a variety of internships that give interns a high-quality learning experience that will give them the resources to succeed in the future.

Questions and Answers

Q: What has your experience been like this summer?

A: Awesome! I get to work with foresters side by side (6’ apart). I also get to work with different people, and I get to see how they work and use different resources and equipment.

Q: What have you learned?

A: I am learning the difference between state and private forestry. There are differences between harvest layout for the state, and private as well as habitat conservation.

Q: What do you do?

A: We protect the water, sensitive and special areas in the SPS region, marking areas where loggers can or cannot enter. We also use GIS mapping to download points from the field and create harvest maps.

Q: What experiences were you looking to gain from the internship?

A: How the DNR works specifically, and how the organization operates.

Q: What does your day look like?

A: Waking up at 5 a.m., the days vary. They can include:

  • Training
  • Mapping
  • Harvest layout/boundaries, Riparian and Wetland Management Zones
  • Being in the field

This piece was written by Ashley Montenegro, the Summer 2020 Communications Intern at the DNR.