About the center


SKC TREES began in the fall of 2013 to expand leadership and educational opportunities for Native American students and professionals within natural resource fields.

Our staff provide opportunities in training, education, internship support, and mentoring to students and professionals nationwide.

Our mission is to provide quality education, mentoring, and internship opportunities to Native American youth and natural resource students throughout the nation, to help foster culturally driven natural resource research relevant to tribal communities, and to provide quality and relevant workforce development and training in natural resource topics to tribal and federal natural resource technicians and professionals.

Our vision  is to become a central point for the promotion of natural resource careers amongst Native American students and to provide training and support to build capacity in natural resource research and management for tribes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and affiliated agencies across the nation.

Our Programs:


 SKC TREES currently offers two programs to place interns in natural resource positions.

BIA Pathways serves tribally enrolled students focusing on Forestry and Wildland Fire careers.

USFS Resource Assistants Program  serves Natural Resource students in any field, enrolled or not.




BIA Pathways

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Pathways program offers paid internships and scholarships for emerging leaders who are seeking degrees in natural resources management, forestry and other related environmental and biological science fields.

SKC TREES focuses on student internships in Forestry and Wildland Fire positions.

This program not only offers students paid employment, while they continue their education, but also gives them valuable and unique work experiences. Placements are rotational summer assignments within different programs and work environments, where students can train and job shadow with industry professionals.

Program Benefits
o Up to $5,000 Tuition/education subsistence,
o Paid Summer Employment – related to academic field of study,
o Travel and Rotational summer assignments,
o Students are recruited nationally across Indian Country,
o Do not have to have prior work experience,
o Mentoring, training and career development opportunities,
o Flexible schedules,
o Vacation, Sick and Holiday Pay,
o Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Benefits, and Retirement, and
o Potential for non-competitive placement after graduation into an entry-level BIA or tribal position.

Interested Students




USFS Resource Assistants

USFS Resource Assistants work on Forest Service locations under the supervision of agency staff. Types of work include monitoring species, conducting research and supporting agency operations.

Unlike BIA Pathways, which focus on developing professionals in Forestry and Wildland Fire, students in the program can find placement in any Natural Resource discipline, regardless of tribal affiliation.

Students typically earn a salary of roughly $500 per week for six months. Many opt to split their six-month term over two summers.

PLEASE NOTE: SKC does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual identification, gender, age, or disability, except as allowed by the Indian preference provision of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)


Interested Students

Interested Forest Service Hosts