Currently available traineeships

Trainee in communication and data management in Forest Sciences

The European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN) is an international cooperative programme promoting the conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources in Europe. EUFORGEN was established in 1994 as an implementation mechanism of the FOREST EUROPE process. EUFORGEN is financed by its member countries and coordinated by EFI. The Programme brings together experts from the member countries to exchange information and experiences, analyse relevant policies and practices, and develop science-based strategies, tools and methods for better management of forest genetic resources in Europe.

The aim of the traineeship is to support the development of communication and data management within the EUFORGEN programme and associated projects.  This will require an independent work process and close collaboration with the Programme Coordinator and scientific staff.

Further information is available at and

Key tasks and objectives will include:

  • Contribute to the design and management of Information Systems
  • Contribute to the analysis of Country reports on forest genetic resources and prepare analytical analysis. 
  • Prepare relevant social media channel’s material, in collaboration with the scientific staff of the Programme.
  • Contribute to the dissemination of Programme initiatives, results and raise awareness of the importance of conservation and use of forest genetic resources.
  • Contribute to EFI’s other activities on forest genetic resources when required.


  • Master’s in forestry, biology, or related fields (ongoing or completed).
  • Strong skills in communicating about forest and/or natural resource related issues. 
  • Good skills in data and knowledge management
  • Professional spoken and written skills in English are essential.
  • Creative spirit, good team worker, innovative thinker

Traineeship conditions:

This is a paid traineeship with a monthly remuneration of 1 500 EUR, gross (full time, 37.5 hrs per week). The traineeship will be based at the EFI Office in Barcelona, Spain for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum 6 months. Stays abroad may also be required.  Consideration will be given to remote working for part or all of the duration of the traineeship.

Interested candidates are requested to send a CV with a cover letter by Wednesday 25th August 2021 to Lidwina Koop, Administrative Officer:

For more information about the traineeship, please contact Michele Bozzano, EUFORGEN Coordinator:

Wood utilization in prefabricated residential construction

A lot of attention was given recently to the development of new wood-based building materials that help modernizing the construction sector to more sustainable and climate-friendly approaches. We would like to improve the knowledge on the raw material use in the production of prefabricated buildings. The analysis will start with creation of an overview of significant prefab construction companies active in the Nordic countries, and a presentation of the most common types of dwellings sold on the market. In a second stage, the student will engage with selected companies to analyse the raw material inputs and processing efficiencies. This topic could also be modified e.g. in geographical focus, depending on the student background and interests.

Skills required: 

•    Confident communicator
•    Capacity of reviewing, compiling and synthesizing information
•    Solid organization skills
•    Proficient in English language
•    Nordic language skills (Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian or Danish) are an asset
•    Good writing skills
•    Microsoft office applications

Duration: Minimum 6 months (flexible)

Trainees need to be granted a study grant or scholarship prior arrival. EFI can provide limited assistance with the grant application process if necessary.

Traineeship location: Joensuu/online
Contact persons: Jo Van Brusselen ( Mariana Hassegawa (

Forest Products Trade Flow Database – systems development

EFI maintains a database system to provide an up-to-date, neutral, comprehensive source of forest products bilateral trade statistics to the public through an online interface. The data are queried from UN COMTRADE and go through a validation process before being made accessible online. The system includes a possibility to produce on-the-fly pdf reports that follow predefined formats. We seek a highly skilled trainee to develop additional report formats and to improve the data visualization options. For more info, see:

Skills required: Confident English language user, excellent coding ability with R statistical software (Linux, Windows), MySQL and on-line visualization applications

Duration: Minimum 6 months (flexible)
Trainees need to be granted a study grant or scholarship prior arrival. EFI can provide limited assistance with the grant application process if necessary.

Traineeship location: Joensuu
Contact person: Jo Van Brusselen (