Tree Improvement Research Specialist-01013603
The successful candidate will be a member of the Southern Timberlands Technology (STT) Team that develops and implements new technology for growing Southern pine plantations. The STT Team is responsible for research planning, coordination of activities with area foresters, managing plot installation and measurement, data handling and analysis and developing operating guidelines for the business. This position is responsible for coordinating the establishment and management of all genetic field tests in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas; and will assist in all aspects of the Tree Improvement Program as needed.
This position will work with key scientists and project leaders across all STT disciplines. Strong communication and coordination are required with scientists and the entire STT Team to ensure field test sites are properly selected, site prepared, established, maintained, measured, and documented. The Research Specialist will be able to conduct research on various aspects of silviculture, tree genetics, tree physiology, plant pathology and plant health. The Research Specialist will have a strong understanding of tree improvement, southern pine silviculture and possess the ability to recognize opportunities for research and operational improvement. The position will be responsible for transferring technological information in a clear and concise manner to managers, early- and mid-rotation foresters, and other relevant parties. This transfer of information may be in the form of group presentations, field tours, and written reports. In addition to formal research activities, the successful candidate is expected to stay abreast of current science, to understand operational practices, and to recognize research needs and challenges as they arise.
MS or BS (with more than 3 years of experience) in tree improvement, forestry, or a closely related field.
Good understanding of genetics and tree improvement, experimental design and the importance of data quality.
Basic understanding of a broad range of core competencies including plantation nutrition, tree physiology, soils, growth and yield, and silvicultural systems
Field forestry experience
Herbicide, pesticide and fertilizer application management
Contract administration (both preparing contracts and managing the contractor)
Excellent computer skills including a working knowledge of MS Office and GIS applications
Proficient in the use of statistical tools and software such as SAS or R a plus
Ability to travel up to 40% of the time, sometimes 1-2 weeks at a time often requiring irregular work hours
Strong math, analytical and financial analysis skills including but not limited to interpreting research data and genetic analyses.
Good communication and organizational skills. Ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines and work well in team situations.
Demonstrated ability to work safely in forestry or related operations
Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
The ability to work alone safely, often in remote areas, prepared to do field intensive work
Proactive problem-solving skills.