2 field technicians are needed to aide Heritage & Habitat LLC in carrying out forestry and wildlife management practices on various properties throughout TN. The successful applicants should be willing to have a flexible work schedule and number of hours worked per week. However, it is likely that the candidates will get an average of at least 30 hrs/week with potential to work 40 hrs/wk through 7/31/2021.
The successful candidates will gain experience in nonnative invasive plant ID and control, conducting timber stand improvement (TSI) practices, and much more. The successful candidates may also gain experiences with plant community data collection and data entry. Extensive work will be conducted using herbicides to treat nonnative invasive plants to improve overall habitat quality for various wildlife species and to ensure the overall health and quality of ecosystems throughout TN.
This position will provide opportunities for individuals to hone their wildlife and forestry knowledge and skills.
The successful candidates may have the opportunity to continue assisting Heritage & Habitat LLC on a temporary basis beyond the summer technician position if they so desire and if employment is satisfactory throughout the course of employment. One such example would be a qualified individual may be asked to assist with prescribed burns during the fall and spring burn seasons.
The ideal candidates MUST be passionate, punctual, excited about learning, have a strong work ethic, be a team player, be highly self-motivated, be willing to ask questions for clarity and understanding, be able to think on their feet, love being outdoors, and be willing to work in rugged and remote locations. Work sites will expose technicians to inclement weather, poison ivy, abrasive vegetation, ticks, stinging and biting insects, and venomous snakes. Candidates must be comfortable and willing to work under these environmental conditions. Candidates also should be experienced with or willing to work in very hot and humid environments for extended periods of time while maintaining a positive attitude and careful attention to detail and safety.
The ideal candidates will have, or will be pursuing, a degree in a wildlife or forestry related field of study. The candidate should possess a strong interest in applied wildlife and forestry management techniques including plant and tree identification, a willingness to learn about and use herbicides for specific land management practices and possess a willingness to learn and use chainsaws safely and effectively for long periods of time. The candidates should have a safety-oriented mindset because of remote work locations, potential exposure to hazardous environmental conditions, and the hazardous nature of the equipment used to implement work.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to consider their physical abilities and limitations. The ideal candidate will be in good to excellent physical condition and be able to carry 40 lbs on their back for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours/day). Previous experience with and training in the use of herbicides and chainsaws and experience with prescribe fire is preferred.
All interested candidates with a strong work ethic, physical capabilities, and a willingness to learn are strongly encouraged to apply. We will consider all applicants regardless of their current educational background, their future educational or career goals, or their wildlife and forestry knowledge. The positions are simply best suited for those pursuing natural resource degrees, but all are welcomed to apply and will be considered.
A valid driver’s license and personal vehicle are required.
Housing is not available. Candidates must be willing to meet by 7am each day to start work.