Paid research position in forest management for Summer 2016

We are hiring 4-5 undergraduate students or recent graduates and one experienced crew leader to assist with a long-term forest management project at NWSA Crane in southern Indiana. Time period: May through August 2016, with potential extension to Fall 2016.

This is a great paid opportunity, with free housing provided, for young scientists to gain research experience in a large scale applied ecology project. 


Duties will include: installing research plots; vegetation monitoring and identification; invasive species monitoring; sample processing; implementing midstory removal treatments; and entering data. Additionally, technicians may assist with fire research activities on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE); help with Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center (HTIRC) projects near Purdue; and assist with possible work at Hoosier National Forest.​


Information about the Saunders lab and project can be found here.

See flyer here.


  • Major in biology, forestry, wildlife, or other natural resource based field
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Ability to work in extreme conditions of southern Indiana, including traversing rough terrain while carrying field equipment in high temperatures and inclement weather
  • Preference will be given to applicants with problem solving skills, ability to work without direct supervision, and evidence of high quality work
  • Preference will be given to applicants with strong plant identification experience, knowledge of forestry principles, and familiarity with ecological research methods

Approximate Hours per Week:  40 (four 10-hour days)

Duration:  May through August 2016, potential extension to Fall 2016

Compensation:  $10-13/hr, housing is provided

Number of Positions:  4-5 technicians, 1 experienced crew leader

To apply: Send résumé, cover letter, and contact information for at least two references by April 1, 2016 to:

Skye Greenler (

and Kalli Dunn (​