PA Dept. of Military and Veterans Affairs, Fort Indiantown Gap

The Conservation Division of PA Department of Military & Veterans Affairs is responsible for the sustainable management of natural resources in support of military training. DMVA manages 100+ facilities statewide while the majority of the work is at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center (Dauphin and Lebanon counties; 20 miles northeast of Harrisburg.) Fort Indiantown Gap balances one of the region’s most ecologically diverse areas with a military mission that annually supports 150,000 National Guard, other military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel each year.  Within the Division there are two sections: Forestry and Wildlife.

Forestry manages the forests at Fort Indiantown Gap and other remote sites as needed.  Our primary mission is to support military training needs by opening more areas for training, maintaining existing maneuver areas to have a realistic training landscape, and reducing risk of lost training days due to wildfire.  We have active forest management and wildland fire management programs.   Timber harvests occur on approximately 250 acres per year.  The Department also has a robust prescribed fire program performing burns on 3,000 to 5,000 acres annually for ecological objectives as well as fuels management.  Projects cover a broad variety of tasks including:  timber sale layout and administration, forest inventory, invasive species, urban forest management, and prescribed burning.

Wildlife manages a variety of wildlife issues at Fort Indiantown Gap and other sites remote sites as needed.  Our management targets 127 Pennsylvania Wildlife Action Plan priority species, 40 species of mammals, 249 species of birds, 36 species of reptiles and amphibians, 27 species of fish and many notable species of invertebrates including 83 species of butterflies and 241 species of moths that are found at Fort Indiantown Gap. This includes excellent populations of deer, turkey, bear, bobcat, rabbit, squirrel, wild trout, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and songbirds. The installation includes approximately 1,000 acres of scrub oak and pitch pine scrubland and 4,500 acres of native grassland habitat – the largest in the Commonwealth.

Seeking applicants for:
Summer positions or internships
Fixed-term or seasonal positions

Representatives, Forestry Office
Tim Haydt
Forest Program Manager

Shannon Henry
Conservation Division Chief

Representatives, Wildlife Office
Joseph Hovis
Wildlife Program Manager

Mark Swartz
Wildlife Biologist