Plant Identification Field Technicians: Northern Michigan

Michigan State University
Northern Michigan
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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The Walters Applied Forest Ecology Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is seeking plant identification field technicians to conduct floristic surveys. Our lab is conducting these surveys across 140 northern hardwood forest stands located throughout the northern lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan. The overarching goal of this research project is to assess tree regeneration responses to a gradient of harvest intensity, and recent grant funding has allowed this assessment to expand into a more detailed floristic survey. This information will allow us to develop a more holistic understanding of the effects of forest harvest options on northern hardwood forest ecosystems. Technicians will employ various survey techniques, including line transects, quadrats, milacre plots, etc., and will be tasked with species‐level plant identification. Technicians must be comfortable traveling/working with a partner, or in some cases a team of four or five coworkers working on other aspects of the larger project. Ability to work long days, over rough terrain while dealing with inclement weather, biting insects and allergens is pivotal to success in these positions. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Work may be available through the end of 2023. *Field housing and transportation provided free of charge*
- Experience or aptitude for plant identification - Familiarity with Google Maps and GPS navigation - Interest in forest ecology/silviculture - Ability to walk 2‐3 miles per day on rough terrain - Valid driver’s license with acceptable driving record may be required To apply, please send an email with your resume to with the email title "MSU Plant Identification Field Technician 2023"
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Evan Farinosi
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