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Forest Technician - Research

Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy
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Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Job Description:

  This position is located at the USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Center for Forest Disturbance Science, Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Athens, GA and is responsible for performing laboratory work in support of multidisciplinary research activities focusing on fuels and fire science, forest change, soil properties, and other inherent disturbances on forests. This position will provide technical laboratory support to multiple multi-disciplinary research projects by using standard workflows to ensure the needs of multiple researchers are met. The candidate can expect to be assigned a broad array of technical assignments including, but not limited to, processing biomass samples collected for three-dimensional vegetation structure, entering data using in Excel or Access, processing soil samples, and drying and weighing fuels.


Minimum Education: Completed associate’s degree or in progress bachelor’s degree in forestry, natural resources, environmental science/studies, ecology, or related field. A high school diploma or equivalent with two (2) years of relevant professional work experience in forestry, natural resources, environmental science/studies, ecology, or related field may be substituted for a bachelor’s degree.
   Minimum qualifications include:
   • ability to work effectively independently or in a group setting
   • ability to follow detailed instructions and complete repetitive tasks
   • be comfortable performing computer-based work and ability to use basic computer software programs to electronically compile multi-disciplinary data files
   • ability to understand and employ good safety practices including implementing the applicable safety practices, policies, and procedures for workplace safety and protection
   • a valid driver’s license and a good driving record (i.e. no points on license in the last 3 years)
   • ability to work 10-20 per week Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
   At times, there might be opportunities for field work; subsequently the ability and willingness to work outdoors would be a plus. Prescribed fire qualifications are a plus but not required.


The position is funded through April 30, 2020 with the possibility of extension dependent upon funding.

$10-12/hr (depending on experience)
How to Apply:

Please provide a CV/resume and full contact information for two or more references from previous employers or educators. Cover letters and letters of recommendation are accepted, but not required.
Send your resume and reference contact information by email to
For further information regarding the details of these positions, you may contact Kevin Heirs at or Christie Hawley at