Summer Forest Technician Position on Isle Royale (short notice)

We will be hiring one additional individual to work as a Foresty Technician on Isle Royale National Park during summer, 2019. The individual will be based on the Windigo side of the park and will assist with long-term monitoring of forest plots. He/She will be employed by Northland College but will assist the NPS Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network.

This is largely a field-based position. The incumbent will assist with the sampling of permanent forest monitoring plots at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. He/She will collect extensive monitoring data on trees and coarse woody materials, take tree cores, and assess tree health. Field work will be performed in teams of 3-4 people. The incumbent may also spend approximately 5-10% of time performing computer work.

This position operates on an 8 day on/6 day off schedule. During the 8-day sampling periods, incumbent will be expected to carry field equipment weighing up to 50 lbs. He/she will be exposed to high temperatures, stinging and biting insects, including extensive mosquitoes, and poisonous plants. Hikes to and from plots will be as long as six miles, each direction. The position will also involve camping, sometimes up to seven consecutive nights.

The incumbent is responsible for securing and paying for their own housing while at the park. Isle Royale is remote and opportunities for travel to the mainland will be limited. Housing accommodations will be shared with others and employees will be expected to be flexible and accommodating, as well as team players. Logistics will be explained in full, during interviews.

To Apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, references, and unofficial transcripts to Suzanne Sanders ( by March 17, 2019. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted shortly thereafter. No phone calls or emails, other than applications, please.