Forest Ecology (Silviculture) Field Technicians

The Walters Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is looking for two additional field technicians for the current field season.

Position Announcement

  • Position description:
    • The Walters Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is looking for two additional field technicians for the current field season. We are an applied forest ecology (silviculture) lab with a current focus on exploring alternative management regimes in northern hardwood forests. Duties of field technicians will include characterizing vegetation structure in forests with harvest treatments scheduled for Winter 2017/18.
  • Location:
    • Field sites are throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula in Michigan.
    • The University is proactive about its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and provides individual accessibility plans to students and employees with disabilities. MSU is also proactive in exploring opportunities for employment for dual career families, both inside and outside of the University, and respects all family forms. Fin out more information about MSU’s dual career support and WorkLife.
  • Qualifications:
    • Experience or aptitude for plant identification and GPS navigation
    • Interest in forest ecology/silviculture Familiarity with mainstream social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram)
    • Experience and/or desire to work outdoors in rugged conditions
  • Compensation:
    • Starting wage is $11/hour minimum, commensurate with experience. Typically 40 hours per week.
    • Housing is provided during work trips.
  • Time Frame:
    • Position is available immediately and will be available through the end of Summer 2017 or, possibly, until November 15, 2017.
  • Working Conditions:
    • The position will be field‐based, including some hot and humid weather. Field conditions may include carrying a less than 30‐pound pack and exposure to inclement weather, uneven terrain, insects and allergens.
  • To Apply:
    • Submit a CV or resume, list of three references with contact information (including email and phone number), and a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience, as well as your dates of availability, to Evan Farinosi ( with “Walters Lab Summer Field Technician” in the subject line.
  • Deadline:
    • Applications will be considered until August 6, 2017, or until the position has been filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as there is an immediate need.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU) is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. MSU is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The CANR is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principle that academic excellence is achieved through open access and proactive inclusion.

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