Job posting: summer forestry field technician (Michigan)

Summer forestry field technician (Michigan)

Position description:

Would you like to work on a research project that will result in meaningful changes to the health and management of hardwood forests in the Great Lakes region? The Applied Forest Ecology (Silviculture) Lab in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University is looking to hire research technicians for the 2023 field season (late May through mid-August). Our lab is currently collecting tree regeneration data following various harvest treatments. This work takes place across 70 northern hardwood forests in Michigan (scattered throughout the northern lower and upper peninsulas) and consists of quantifying tree regeneration density and herbaceous vegetation coverage on these sites. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply (see instructions below in “To Apply”).  Work may be available through the end of 2023.


  • 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


Starting wage is $15/hour minimum, commensurate with experience, up to 40 hours per week.  Field housing will be provided free of charge to all crew members, as well as transportation on work days.

Time Frame:

Work would begin in late May, with work available through late-August for current students, or mid-October (or later) for recent graduates.

Working Conditions:

The position will be field based, including some hot and humid weather.  Field conditions may include carrying a less than 30 pound pack and exposure to inclement weather, uneven terrain, insects and allergens.


Field sites are located throughout the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula in Michigan.

To Apply: Please include a CV/resume, a brief cover letter outlining your interest in the position and relevant experience as well as your dates of availability, and three professional references to Evan Farinosi at with MSU Field Technician 2023 in the subject line.


Applications will be considered until the positions have been filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.