*Four positions available with the Missouri Department of Conservation Resource Science Division Forest Systems Field Station*


*Titles*:   1) Applied Forest Ecology Research Assistant (1 position)

2) Applied Forest Ecology Research Technician (3 positions)

*Location*: Housing at Peck Ranch Conservation Area, work conducted at Chilton Creek Management Area

*Job category*: full-time, temporary

*Pay rate*: 1) $10.83 per hour (one research assistant) and 2) $9.86 per hour (three research technicians)

*Duration*: Start date October 24, for 16 non-consecutive 40-hour weeks (crew can take time off for holidays).

*Application deadline*: October 3, 2016

*Description of work*: These positions comprise a four-person team that is responsible for field research activities and office data entry on a long-term controlled burn project , Chilton Creek Management Area (37.069226, -91.058449), maintained by The Nature Conservancy. The Research Assistant position will serve as the team leader and the Research Technician positions will serve as team members. Housing is provided upon availability and a work vehicle is provided for travel to project sites.

*Description of projects*: The successful candidates will be responsible for collecting and quality-checking comprehensive over-story and mid-story data from 250 plots scattered throughout the 2,500-acre study area. This site has been treated with prescribed fire at varied intervals since 1998, and data are expected to inform foresters, wildlife managers, and the public in regards to the effects of long-term fire management on timber resources and forest structure. Data collection will include tree measurements, winter twig identification to species, crown classes, and understory regeneration. The successful candidates may also have opportunities to assist with additional projects.

These positions provide a great opportunity for gaining professional field research experience and networking with natural resource managers and scientists from state, federal, and academic partners.

*Qualifications*: Required qualifications for both positions include 1) Bachelor’s degree in forestry, ecology, environmental science, natural resources, or related field, or an Associate’s degree in a forestry-related field with at least six months of experience collecting field-based biological inventory data; 2) Good physical condition and ability to work almost entirely outdoors, in rugged terrain and inclement weather with potential for biting insects/reptiles; 3) possession of a valid driver’s license. Preferred qualifications for both positions include 4) experience or coursework identifying woody plant species in Missouri or surrounding areas; 5) experience with GPS or map/compass navigation and Microsoft Office software; 6) demonstrated qualities of self-motivation, organization, and critical thinking. Candidates must submit to a drug screen following offer of employment.

*How to apply*:

Applicants will be considered for both positions and the qualifications described above will be used to determine placement. Interested applicants should email a statement of interest, resume, contact information for at least three references, and unofficial transcripts to:

Calvin Maginel, Resource Science- Fire Ecologist calvin.magi...@mdc.mo.gov <mailto:calvin.magi...@mdc.mo.gov> (417) 256-7161 x 272

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