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Summer Research Positions – Applied Forest Ecology

The Silviculture and Applied Forest Ecology Lab at Iowa State University is seeking 4-6 summer technicians to assist with research efforts. The majority of the work will support an experimental study assessing climate adaptation treatments in Midwestern forests, but there will also be time spent on  studies exploring forest ecosystem response to invasive species removal and restoration treatments. The positions offer valuable field experience, the opportunity to work on research directly supporting conservation and management efforts, and the opportunity to network with agency partners (e.g. state DNRs, the USFS, NGOs). Duties may include (but are not limited to) sampling herbaceous and woody understory plants, mapping overstory trees, sampling downed wood, and collecting increment cores. Applicants must be willing to work long days outside in varied conditions. Some camping will also likely be required. The positions will begin the last week of May or first week of June and end in early to mid-August. Start and end dates may be flexible, depending on applicant needs.


- Background in forestry, ecology, conservation biology, natural resources, environmental science, or a related field.

- Previous field experience is strongly preferred.

- Skills with tree, shrub, and herbaceous plant identification are also preferred.

To apply: Please send a resume, contact information for two references, and a letter of interest to Dr. Miranda Curzon ( The positions are open until filled.


SamplingLodgepole pine foresttree cores