Cooperative Alaska Forest Inventory, Temporary

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  • Job Number:518760
  • Classification:Temporary Technical
  • Grade:Temporary Staff Grade 77
  • Work type:Temporary
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is seeking a part-time technician who will collect forest and natural resource inventory data on permanent sample plots throughout Alaska. This position spends a majority of time in the field throughout the summer and works as a crew member with 3-4 other inventory technicians. The position provides opportunities to visit various forest sites across the State, including Copper River Basin, Tok, and Kenai Peninsula. Work schedule is mostly 8 days on and 6 days off, which allows plenty of time off to enjoy the Alaskan summer outside of work. This position requires travel away from Fairbanks via the road system and camping for 8 days at a time. The position requires working long hours in the field. Travel means mainly consists of highway vehicle, but may also include boat and ATV.


100Collect forest and natural resource inventory data on permanent sample plots throughout Alaska. Most of the duties consist of field data collection activities. Activities include, but are not limited to, photo interpretation, field orientation, various field measurements, detailed documentation, processing and reporting of field collected data in tablets. Various field measurements consist of forestry, botanical and geographic data based on standardized procedures and protocols. Assists in field manual interpretation when assessing complex or unusual situations. Actively participates in field safety protocols, assisting in identifying hazards, implementing mitigation actions and ensuring proper protocols are being utilized. This position requires travel away from Fairbanks via the road system. Travel means consist of mainly highway vehicle, but may also include boat and ATV.Essential


Experience in fieldwork, physical and mental capability of working long hours in the field, ability to work well in a team environment, and ability to follow directions but also work independently when necessary. Preference will be given to applicants with extensive field experience in forest inventory, familiarity with forest health issues, data analysis, as well as coursework in biology/ecology or other related fields.


Fieldwork in forestry, ecology and/or biology. Plant identification. Tree disease and damage identification.


A valid driver's license will be required for this position. Coursework in forestry, biology, ecology or other related fields.


Hired to work 15-29 hours per week (or ‘undetermined’ regular hours). Requires 120-day continuous break after 18 months in temporary service. No benefits, except that health care may be offered after a six-month look back based on actual hours worked.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on February 7, 2022.


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees and those positions designated by the president as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace.

University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.



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Applications close: Alaskan Daylight Time

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