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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Summer forest ecology and silviculture position - Idaho

Summer Field Positions in Idaho

The lab of Dr. Andrew Nelson in the Department of Forest, Rangeland, and
Fire Sciences at the University of Idaho is seeking qualified applicants
for 1 crew leader ($12-13/hour) and 2-3 technicians ($9-10/hour) for 40
hours per week during summer 2017. In general, the Nelson lab focuses on
silviculture and applied forest ecology. Our research explores the
effects of forest management on stand dynamics and tree growth,
specifically forests of the Inland Empire (northern Idaho, northeastern
Washington, and western Montana) and the greater Northern Rockies and
Inland Northwest.

Expected start date May 22, 2017 and expected end date August 18, 2017.
Employee will be responsible for arranging their own housing in Moscow,
Idaho or surrounding area during the term of employment.

Technician Qualifications:
•       Knowledge of Inland Northwest vegetation or ability to learn
•       Knowledge of forest measurements and tools
•       Be able to work in the field in all weather conditions
•       Be able to camp as needed (applicants must provide their own
•       Be able to hike in rugged terrain
•       Be able to carry 50 lbs
•       Pass a criminal background check
•       Possess a valid driver’s license
•       Be able to drive University of Idaho vehicles (cannot have
suspended license in the past three years, cannot have alcohol or drug-
related offense)

Crew Leader Qualifications:
•       All the qualifications for the technician positions, plus:
o       At least one year experience as a field technician
o       Ability to communicate with forest managers and coordinate field

Interested applicants should submit a resume or CV, brief statement of
interest and experience, and contact information (name, affiliation,
phone number, and email) for 2 professional or academic references in a
single PDF document to Dr. Andrew Nelson ( Review
of applications will begin immediately. Deadline for application is
January 31, 2017.

Brief Project Overview
1.      Western Larch Thinning and Understory Vegetation
•       Location: Private and state forestland throughout northern Idaho
and northeastern Washington – camping required
•       Long-term study of young, nearly pure western larch stands
managed with three thinning densities (unthinned, 12 ft spacing, and
16ft spacing) and two understory management treatments (complete
removal, no removal)
•       Duties include installing new trial sites and measuring
treatment effects on tree growth, canopy structure, understory
diversity, and soil moisture

2.      Western Larch Genetics × Environment Interactions
•       Location: Private forestland in northern Idaho, northeastern
Washington, and northeastern Oregon – camping required
•       Long-term study to examine the performance of superior western
larch clones in response to non-tree competition across a climatic
gradient in the Inland Empire. 7 superior larch families in pure family
blocks plus a standard orchard bulk seed mix block with and without
complete control of non-tree vegetation.
•       Duties include assisting with greenhouse measurements of
seedlings, locating study sites, and laying out planting blocks in the
field in cooperation with forest managers.

3.      Douglas-fir and Western Larch Competition Thresholds
•       Location: Private and state forestland throughout northern
Idaho, northeastern Montana, and northeastern Oregon – camping required
•       Study will examine the amount of non-tree competition
surrounding Douglas-fir and western seedlings required to cause a
substantial decline in growth and survival across a climate gradient in
the Inland Empire. Experiment will consist of two tree species with
different areas of non-tree vegetation control around each seedling (no
control, 1 ft control, 3 ft control, 5 ft control).
•       Duties include locating field sites, applying treatments, and
initial seedling measurements.

4.      Western White Pine and Douglas-fir Responses to Site Preparation
•       Location: Priest River Experimental Forest in the Selkirk
Mountains of northern Idaho – housing provided
•       Study will examine the long-term effects (32 years post-
planting) of site preparation treatments (no management, scalping,
bedding, bedding + non-tree vegetation control) on the diameter and
height growth, and growth efficiency of western white pine and Douglas-
•       Duties include tree felling, detailed field measurements of tree
branches and stems, laboratory measurements of leaf area and stem

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