Summer Forestry Technicians

Full-time forestry technicians are needed to aid in the collection of field 
data for research projects occurring across the Inland Northwest in summer 
2018. These projects are focused on the response of tree taper and wood 
density to early stand management, on tree biomass distributions, and on 
tree and stand growth responses to early stand density control.  All 
projects will involve group travel to field sites in Washington, Idaho, 
Montana, and potentially other states. Work vehicles will be provided for 
travel and accommodation will be provided when the work is not based out of 
Missoula; in some cases this will involve camping at/near field sites. If 
you’re interested in touring remote areas of the northwest by 4x4, working 
in the woods, and learning about tree and stand dynamics, this is the job 
for you!

Primary responsibilities will include locating and establishing forest 
growth plots as well as collecting data on tree growth, taper, and mass and 
on forest regeneration, downed woody materials, and understory vegetation.  
Other duties will include processing of tree materials and data entry in 
the lab. Motivated individuals who enjoy working with others under diverse 
field conditions (from cold and wet to hot and dry) are encouraged to 

Qualified applicants will 
1) have prior field experience in forestry, range, or other natural 
resource fields; 
2) have a strong work ethic and good interpersonal skills; 
3) be able to tolerate adverse field conditions including heat, cold, and 
4) hold a valid driver’s license and a good driving record; and 
5) be capable of working long days in the field, while maintaining quality 
control in field measurements and data recording.

Preferred applicants will 
1) be working towards a degree in forestry or a related natural resource 
2) have first aid certification; 
3) have experience in orienteering, map/photo interpretation, and GPS 
4) have previous experience working with mechanical equipment, including 
chainsaws; and 
5) have an interest in forestry or natural resources research.

Pay rate will be commensurate with qualifications and past experience ($12 
– $14/hr). Employment is expected to run from May 21st through August 20th, 
with opportunities for continued part-time work on the University of 
Montana campus after September 1st.  Successful applicants will be hired as 
employees of the Franke College of Forestry & Conservation at the 
University of Montana. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, 
we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women.

Complete applications will include 1) a cover letter with information about 
your interests and qualifications, dates of availability, and current 
contact information, 2) a current resume, and 3) names and contact 
information (phone and email) of two professional references.

Questions and application materials can be sent directly to Dr David 
Affleck (  Review of applications will begin in 
mid-March and continue until the positions are filled. 

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