The Copper Country Forest Habitat Project Coordinator’s main duties will include working with RGS & AWS staff and USDA Forest Service staff, as well as local partners such as the American Bird Conservancy, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, US Fish and Wildlife Service, conservation nonprofits, consulting foresters, timber purchasers, and other contractors to:
• Implement active forest management that achieves Objectives from the Ottawa National
Forest’s Forest Plan, the Ottawa Trail Improvement Project, and provides benefits for healthy forests and abundant wildlife.
• Assist with habitat improvement planning and project development for vegetation management projects on the Ottawa, including recommending timber prescriptions that benefit birds and wildlife, mapping, vegetative modeling, implementing common stand exams, and performing a variety of surveys that may include collecting data on birds/wildlife, old growth stand conditions, or snag/wildlife trees.
• Lead the administration of noncommercial treatments and commercial timber harvests to achieve desired forest conditions, including preparing bid announcements, selecting contractors, forest road maintenance, and performing site inspections and evaluations.
• Lead the administration of other contracts such as trailhead improvements or road access for habitat treatments.
• Coordinate RGS & AWS’s Stewardship Agreements with the Ottawa National Forest, including the Glinda Stewardship Project (aspen harvest) along the Blue Road Hunter Walking Trail on the Kenton Ranger District.
• Assist with monitoring efforts, including the potential to assist with wildlife monitoring (e.g., ruffed grouse drummer surveys).
• Lead volunteer efforts with RGS & AWS members and the public, including monitoring
• A passion for wildlife conservation and forestry.
• In-depth understanding of forest management including forest operations, silviculture, forest product markets, and environmental regulation. Ability to assess wildlife habitat and make connections between forest management and wildlife habitat needs.
• Technical expertise in field forestry, including forest inventory, timber marking, boundary layout, and GPS data collection. Experience in fire ecology and management is a plus.
• Excellent spoken and written communication skills, networking skills, well organized, and ability to engage with a diversity of collaborators. Experience managing complex projects under deadlines.
• Knowledge of USDA Forest Service processes, regulations, policies, and directives (e.g., NFMA and NEPA). Previous experience working with the Forest Service or another federal land management agency is preferred.
• Ability to use Excel, ArcGIS, Google Maps, and other computer mapping systems to identify and delineate project boundaries.
• Willingness and ability to travel frequently throughout the western Upper Peninsula and perform arduous field work on steep terrain and a variety of weather conditions.
• A degree in forestry and/or wildlife or closely related field, with 2+ years of experience and/or a graduate degree in natural resource management.
• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, produce effective results and meet deadlines. Applicant must be self-motivated, responsible and have ability to solve problems.
• The position will be required to participate in specific training programs to use partner facilities and equipment. Applicant must have a valid driver’s license.