Research Forester

Website USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station

The USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) ( is hiring a permanent, full-time GS-0460-12/13 Research Forester (silviculture) position. This appointment will be part of the Northern California Research Zone and stationed in Redding, California.  This research forester (silviculture) is expected to develop a research program that expands our understanding effects of silvicultural practices on forest ecosystems, especially in California forests. Such knowledge can be used to better-inform management, guide policy, and advance theories. Potential research topics include, but are not limited to forest restoration, treatments to improve forest health and resilience, models for forest dynamics, and methods to improve reforestation efforts. Since wildfires severity has increased, fuels management is a pressing concern in Western forests. As is successful post-fire reforestation on severely burned forest land. Research partners need information to guide and improve decision making in the presence of high fire risk and other climate change impacts. Managing forests to produce a diverse spectrum of goods and services while mitigating risk presents difficult challenges to managers.

The candidate’s research program will address basic and applied topics related to the sustainable forest management. The successful candidate will complete the full cycle of research, from securing support through dissemination through publications, conferences, and workshops. The researcher will be expected to pursue both existing and new research projects on the network of Experimental Forests maintained by the Pacific Southwest Research Station. Among these are Blacks Mountain Experimental Forest, Swain Mountain Experimental Forest, and Challenge Experimental Forest, which have supported over a century of foundational long-term silvicultural research in the Western U.S. Research will also support the needs of a diverse range of state and local agencies, private industry, tribal partners, and NGOs. The candidate can expect to collaborate extensively with local land managers, PSW scientists, universities, and other organizations in interdisciplinary research.

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