Cooperative Forestry Research Unit Seeks Forest Technicians for Summer 2018 Field Season

Summer 2018 Employment Forest Research Technicians & Crew Leaders

Come work in the Maine Woods this summer. We are looking for motivated Forest Research Technician Crew Members and Crew Leaders to assist in forest research projects throughout Maine. Field crews will work with researchers on various study projects critical to the productivity and management of the forest resource across Maine.

About the CFRU

The CFRU is a partnership between forest landowners and managers in the state of Maine and the University of Maine. The purpose of the CFRU is to help its member organizations advance forest management and conservation in the state of Maine through scientific research and education.


Forestry Research Technicians are needed to perform a variety of field measurements throughout northern and western Maine. In addition to these duties, Crew Leaders will be responsible for crew productivity, safety, and data quality.

Work begins in late May or early June and continues through late August-early September depending on your school schedule. Work weeks will be four 10- hour days, often in adverse conditions. Work at remote field sites may require tent camping. Wages will be between $9 and $12/hr, transportation is provided, and meal allowance included.

Days Off

The four day work schedule allows summer workers ample time to explore and enjoy the beautiful state of Maine. Orono, home to the University of Maine, is situated between the spectacular Acadia National Park, the rugged western mountains, and the majestic Katahdin in Baxter State Park with 200,000 acres of lakes and mountains. To the north, miles of old rail beds have been converted into bike trails, and multi-day canoe trips can take you right up to the Canadian border.


Applicants must have a strong work ethic, be in good physical condition, possess a valid driver’s license, have good communication and organizational skills, work well with others, be able to live in close quarters with others, and most importantly, be enthusiastic about their work! Previous experience in fieldwork, data collection procedures, computer skills, woods navigation and tree species identification is desirable.

To Apply

Email a resume, letter of interest, and contact information for three references in a single document to Brian Roth at:

The selection process will begin January 8, 2018, and the application deadline is February 23, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received and offers will be made to excellent candidates prior to the deadline. Therefore, students are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. See our website for more information: