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HRI Forestry Technician

Hemlock Restoration Initiative
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Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
North Carolina
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Program Description: The Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI) is a grant-funded program managed by WNC Communities’ Forestry Education LLC. HRI’s mission is to work with a variety of partners and existing programs to restore hemlocks to long-term health throughout North Carolina and ensure that eastern and Carolina hemlocks can resist hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and survive to maturity on North Carolina’s public and private lands. This is accomplished through establishing hemlock conservation areas (HCAs), implementing chemical and biological control of HWA, supporting the restoration efforts of partner agencies, and educating private landowners and others on the importance of hemlocks and how they can help conserve hemlocks on their own properties or as volunteers on larger public lands projects.

Summary of Position: Our Forestry Technician crew is on the front-lines in our program to control HWA on forest lands in North Carolina. As a Forestry Technician, you will work fall through spring as part of a small team conducting hemlock restoration activities on national, state, and otherwise conserved forests, including parks, game lands, and private lands across Western North Carolina. These activities will consist of scouting and assessing the health of hemlock stands, writing and updating hemlock treatment plans for each site, installing and collecting data from impact monitoring plots, conducting chemical treatments for HWA, and to a lesser degree supporting other HWA control strategies, including biological and silvicultural control strategies. On occasion, the technician crew will work with others (such as volunteers, Job Corps, ACE, BRIDGE, other agency staff, etc.) to accomplish the above tasks.

This position is an excellent opportunity to be a member of a dynamic team, play an influential role in addressing an important forest health issue, and work in ecologically special and often stunningly beautiful natural areas across Western North Carolina and the Southern Appalachians. The ideal candidate will believe in the program’s mission, embrace a positive, collegial culture, and relish being a member of a hard-working team for a transformative non-profit organization.

See a full list of duties at the link above.

Work Environment: HRI’s office is located in Asheville, NC. The position will be an in-person, field-based position, using the office as headquarters. Most fieldwork days will be 10+ hour days (generally 8:00AM to 6:00PM) returning to the office each day; however, there will also be multi-day, overnight trips (camping or staying in shared cabins). The field work can be moderately to highly physically strenuous, in remote locations, on difficult terrain (steep slopes, thick understory vegetation), in cold and occasionally hot temperatures, with possible exposure to poison ivy, insects and other wildlife. Technicians can expect to spend some time each week in our shared office entering field-collected data and updating hemlock treatment plans (HTPs).

Start Date: October 2, 2023 (or September 25 for anyone without appropriate NC pesticide license)

End Date: Approximately May 3, 2024 (season typically runs through the first week of May)

Hours: Up to 40 hrs/week; position requires a flexible schedule; hours will vary based on weather, project location and state/local COVID-19 related restrictions, with a target of three to four 10-hour days per week on average, some weekends and multi-day, overnight trips throughout the year; minimum number of hours/week not guaranteed.


-Be authorized to work in the U.S.

-Have a valid driver's license, an insurable driving record, and reliable transportation

-Be able to drive 4WD vehicles/trucks in a variety of road conditions

-Have basic computer skills, including intermediate knowledge of Excel and Google Workspace, strong professional email etiquette, strong data management skills, and the ability to prepare and maintain records and reports

-Have, or be willing to obtain, a North Carolina Commercial Pesticide Applicator’s license

-Be willing and able to mix and apply insecticides correctly and safely (once trained)

-Be capable of physically strenuous field work in the work environment described above using a variety of hand tools and pesticide application equipment

-Be willing and able to work an irregular weekly schedule with occasional weekends/evenings, and multi-day trips

-Be willing and able to camp or stay in shared housing, where private rooms are not always available


The strongest candidates will also:

-Be able to function as an efficient, effective, communicative, and adaptable team member

-Be personally accountable, and able to receive and provide constructive feedback

-Be able to understand and carry out oral and written instructions

-Be comfortable working with and training non-HRI team members, including agency partners and members of the public

-Be able to adapt to surrounding work environment and conditions that can change frequently

-Be able to problem solve, produce solutions, and also ask for help when needed

-Possess an attention to detail and an ability to accurately record, transpose and enter data

-Have a strong work ethic and commitment to quality and excellence in every area of work

-Have outdoor living/camping skills and a commitment to “Leave no Trace” principles

-Have previous experience in nonprofit, conservation, and/or natural resource management fields

-Have experience or knowledge of environmental stewardship and restoration, Southern Appalachian forest ecosystems, forestry, collection of ecological field data

-Have previous pesticide application experience

-Have Wilderness First Aid or First Responder medical training


Non-discrimination Hiring Statement:

WNC Communities’ Forestry Education LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. All employment decisions shall be consistent with the principles of equal opportunity employment. Accommodations to enable all individuals to participate in the application process may be provided upon advance request. People with diverse skills and experience and individuals who identify with groups typically under-represented in the conservation industry are encouraged to apply.

Hourly wage will be $18-20/hour, based on experience
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