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March 5, 2015
Position: Biological Science Technician/Forestry Science Technician
Agency: University of Georgia in Collaboration with USDA Forest Service
Location: Irvine, PA
Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary: $10.00-$12.50/hour, depending on experience
Start & End Date: 6/1/2015-8/31/2015
Number of Vacancies: 3
Late Date to Apply: Open Until Filled, Applicant Review to Begin March, 23rd 2015

Description:

  • The position involves monitoring understory forest vegetation after recent timber harvests by measuring vegetation inside and outside of deer-exclusion fences.  This work includes, but is not limited to counting and measuring woody stems, identifying understory plant species, calculating understory species abundance and collecting and storing plant samples.
  • Additional work will consist of working on other research projects, including a blight-resistant chestnut experiment and a white ash/emerald ash borer experiment.
  • Work typically includes 10-hour days; 4 days a week. Work days include travel to sites as part of 10-hour work day. Travel times vary between 1-4 hours round trip, dependent on location.
  • This position is part of a collaborative research effort between the University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources (http://www.warnell.uga.edu/) and the USDA Forest Service NRS-02 Lab (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/units/sustainingforests/ ).
  • Housing is provided, however there is a minimal cost associated with Forest Service housing (approximately $3.21 per day, including utilities). Field housing is located in the Kane Experimental Forest (http://www.nrs.fs.fed.us/ef/locations/pa/kane/) and consists of two bedrooms with 1 and 2 sets of bunk beds, respectively, 2 full bathrooms, kitchen and common area.
  • A field vehicle will be provided for work, however having a car is recommended (housing remote from grocery stores, etc.). Starting and ending dates are somewhat flexible. Technicians will have experienced leadership early in the season, working with increasing independence as they gain experience.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum qualifications: Applicants must have a combination of training and experience required to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. A high school diploma and valid driver’s license is required.
  • Preferred qualifications: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree related to Botany, Forestry, Ecology or Natural Resources Management. Knowledge in the identification of Northeastern trees and herbaceous plant communities is desired.
  •  Physical Demands: Work can be strenuous at times; including carrying equipment up steep grades and navigating through remnant slash piles from timber harvest.
  • Applicants must consent to a background check
Contact Person: Dave Kramer
Contact Phone: 717-873-9063
Contact email: dwkramer@uga.edu (Preferred Method of Contact)
 
 
 

Summer field technicians – Delaware, Ohio

Background: The USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station oversees a large-scale American elm restoration project with the objective of developing a genetically diverse assortment of Dutch-elm disease tolerant American elm selections through breeding.   We plan to hire two field technicians this summer to help maintain our American elm orchards and related studies through a collaborative project with the Ohio State University.

Job description: The summer field technicians will be responsible for maintaining elm orchards (mowing, operating farm equipment, weeding, spraying herbicide), collecting growth measurements on elm orchard trees, maintaining an orchard database, propagating plants, and may assist with the establishment of new experimental plantings.

This position will start in June, 2015 and last through August.

Compensation: Between $10.50 and $13.00/hour; commensurate with experience.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of at least one year of an undergraduate or associate’s degree in natural resources, agriculture, or a related field.
  • Experience collecting data.
  • Experience using farm equipment, including a tractor or riding mower.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Independent and able to work with minimal oversight.
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor work in conditions including heat, rain, biting/stinging insects, and poison ivy
     

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:

Leila Pinchot
Research Ecologist
Northern Research Station
USDA Forest Service
 

 

 

Part time seasonal ecology field technician – Hector, NY

Background: The USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station and the Finger Lakes National Forest, are evaluating methods to restore degraded riparian habitats on the Forest.  As part of the study, we are reintroducing Dutch elm disease-tolerant American elm to the site.  We plan to hire a part-time technician to help establish the study and collect data throughout the 2015 growing season through a collaborative project with the Ohio State University.

Job Description: The seasonal field technician will be responsible for assisting a team of collaborators in establishing the study in early May.  Throughout the growing season, the technician will be responsible for collecting data on herbaceous and woody vegetation, insects, as well as collecting soil samples and entering data.  The technician will primarily work alone.

The candidate will need his/her own transportation, and will be reimbursed for mileage incurred while fulfilling the responsibilities of this position.  Housing is not provided, therefore we are seeking candidates who live locally.

The position will start in early May and last through early September, with part-time hours totaling 6-8 full weeks of work throughout this period. 

Compensation: Between $10.50 and $13.00/hour; commensurate with experience.

 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Completion of at least two years of an undergraduate degree in ecology or a related field.
  • Experience collecting data.
  • Proficiency in herbaceous and woody plant identification.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
  • Independent and able to work with little oversight.
  • Enthusiasm for outdoor work in conditions including heat, rain, biting/stinging insects, and poison ivy.
     

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to:

Leila Pinchot
Research Ecologist
Northern Research Station
USDA Forest Service