Cloquet Forestry Center, Forest Manager
University of Minnesota - Minnesota

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Required qualifications:
Research Fellow: B.S. in forestry from an SAF accredited University or equivalent AND a Masters degree in forestry or related field with an emphasis on research.

Research Associate: PhD in Forestry

  • Background in silviculture, forest management and planning
  • Demonstrated effective written communication skills with the ability to address audiences from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated experience with forest or related research.
Preferred qualifications:
  • Background in forest biology, ecology and/or forest health
  • Education and experience in statistical analysis and experimental design.
  • Experience and skill with ArcGIS, MS Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, statistical analysis software (R, SAS, SPSS, or other software), and website design.
  • Experience in a supervisory role.
  • Experience with temperate and/or boreal forest conditions.
  • SAF candidate certified forester status or certified forester.
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders including university faculty and agency researchers and educators, loggers, foresters, conservation organizations, and K-12 school groups.
  • Special expertise that offers opportunities to link CFC and campus strengths in areas such as forest biology, ecology, health, management and planning.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

Supervise the development and implementation of forest management work of the Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) in coordination with the Director of Operations (40%)

  • Design and layout timber sales, administer sale contracts and conduct harvesting and stand improvement on research areas with field crews as prescribed. Oversee tree planting and other reforestation work as needed.
  • Supervise maintenance and development of forest roads and public access.
  • Coordinate and maintain centralized record system of short- and long-term research, management and other activities conducted on Center's forest, including GIS records.
  • Schedule and supervise work and training assignments for technical staff that include Plot Technician(s) and/or seasonal workers as required.
  • Oversee development of a Forest Management Plan, currently published at 10-year intervals. This includes working with CFC advisory groups including campus faculty and others as appropriate.
  • Lead fire suppression and prevention efforts both locally and with local constituents (Carlton County, Fond du Lac, MN DNR).
  • Develop areas on the forest for public access, educational programs, and other low-impact use.
Research coordination and implementation on the CFC (20%)

  • Work with Director of Operations and collaborating faculty to identify sites and coordinate preparation for the establishment of research and teaching areas. Collaborating faculty may be University instructors and/or researchers from federal and state agencies, industry or other U.S. or foreign institutions.
  • Supervise measurement, compilation and record keeping of research data.
  • Work with Director of Operations towards compilation of literature and publication of appropriate manuscripts.
  • Work with the Director of Operations and collaborating researchers in the design, implementation, and evaluation of research projects located at the CFC or the HWRC.
  • Work with the Director of Operations and collaborating researchers in seeking and securing extramural funding for enhancing the capability and use of the CFC.
  • Advise collaborating researchers on research design, site location and support needs as appropriate.
  • Advise and train collaborating research staff and graduate students in conducting field or Cloquet Forestry Center laboratory research as appropriate.
  • Contribute with data collection, analysis and collaboration on reports, conference papers, publications and electronic outputs with research led by the Director of Operations.
Conduct forest management work at the HWRC (20%)

  • Develop a management plan for the forest that is applicable for wilderness areas.
  • Conduct fire prevention work as needed.
  • Assist HWRC staff with tree removal or set up contracts to remove trees.
Public engagement and education (20%)

  • Serve as a liaison with community partners and nearby Fond du Lac tribe to facilitate communications on forest planning, access and use.
  • Conduct tours, speak to service groups, attend civic meetings and promote good relation on behalf of the Center as needed.
  • Assist with Cloquet community and Fond du Lac tribe to develop programs such as "train-the-trainers" events on topics pertinent to forestry.
  • Advise faculty and other educators on the potential instructional use of the CFC
Program/Unit Description

The Cloquet Forestry Center (CFC) is a 3,506 research forest located in northeastern Minnesota. The CFC is one of nine research and outreach centers of CFANS. Interdisciplinary thrusts include forest productivity, climate change, forest protection, forest ecology, cold climate housing, wildlife ecology, recreation resource management and silvicultural systems research. Additional research is conducted cooperatively with USDA Forest Service, MN-DNR, MN-DA or other agencies and organizations. The CFC houses the Minnesota Tree Improvement Cooperative, the Sustainable Forests Education Cooperative and the Cloquet Regional Extension Office. The CFC is also home to annual field courses offered by the Department of Forest Resources and the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. There are 12 permanent CFC staff officed at the Center. The Hubachek Wilderness Research Center (HWRC) is a 383-acre research forest located approximately 15 miles NE of Ely, MN (adjacent to the USDA Forest Service Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness) with two permanent resident staff and one seasonal employee.

Position Overview:
The Forest Manager reports to the Director of Operations at the CFC and has primary responsibility for activities conducted on the forest areas of CFC, the HWRC and cooperator sites. In addition, the Forest Manager assists the Director of Operations with implementation and execution of novel research. The close collaboration between the Director and Forest Manager is essential to the successful operation of the Center.

Nature of Appointment:
This is a 100% time, 12-month (A-term), 3 year contract (J-type), Professional and Administrative (P&A) position located at the CFC. The initial appointment is for three years with subsequent reappointment on an annual basis (K-type) dependent on performance. Candidates with a PhD will be hired as a Research Associate (9702) and those with a Masters degree will be hired as a Research Fellow (9703). This position will also carry an adjunct faculty appointment in the College's Department of Forest Resources only for those candidates with a PhD and following approval by the regular faculty or by a designated faculty committee. Salary is commensurate with experience and achievement.

Application Instructions

Availability: The position is available immediately

Closing Date: Application deadline is March 1, 2013

Application Instructions:
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Attach current curriculum vitae, a one to two-page statement of interest that addresses how you meet both the required and preferred qualifications for this position, a summary of accomplishments in the area of diversity, (upload as attachment one), and the names and contact information for three professional references.

Offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of background verification.

Cloquet Forestry Manager Search Committee

c/o Denise Volk

Cloquet Forestry Center

175 University Road

Cloquet, Minnesota 55720-9594


Phone: 218-726-6402

As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and the University are committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

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