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Our Forestry Technician crew is on the front-lines in our program to control HWA on forestlands in North Carolina. The crew works as a team fall through spring to perform hemlock restoration activities on national, state, and otherwise-conserved forests, including parks, game lands, and private lands across Western North Carolina. These activities consist of scouting and assessing the health of hemlock stands, writing and updating hemlock treatment plans for each site, installing and collecting data from impact monitoring plots, conducting chemical treatments for HWA, and to a lesser degree supporting other HWA control strategies, including biological and silvicultural control strategies. On occasion, the technician crew will work with others (such as volunteers, Job Corps, ACE, BRIDGE, other agency staff, etc.) to accomplish the above tasks.

We will be hiring multiple seasonal Forestry Technicians and one Crew Leader position. Please click the links below to read the full job posting for each position, including requirements, duties, and compensation.

Forestry Technician job description

Forestry Crew Leader job description

To apply: Fill out this questionnaire and email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references as attachments with the email subject line “HRI Forestry Technician Position Application” or “HRI Crew Leader Position Application” to Please submit attached documents as PDFs.

Program description: The Hemlock Restoration Initiative is a grant-funded program managed by WNC Communities’ Forestry Education LLC. HRI’s mission is to work with a variety of partners and existing programs to restore hemlocks to long-term health throughout North Carolina and ensure that eastern and Carolina hemlocks can resist hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) and survive to maturity on North Carolina’s public and private lands. This is accomplished through establishing hemlock conservation areas, implementing chemical and biological control of HWA, supporting the restoration efforts of partner agencies, and educating private landowners and others on the importance of hemlocks and how they can help conserve hemlocks on their own properties or as volunteers on larger public lands projects.

WNC Communities’ Forestry Education LLC is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  All employment decisions shall be consistent with the principles of equal opportunity employment.  Accommodations to enable all individuals to participate in the application process may be provided upon advance request. People with diverse skills and experience and individuals who identify with groups typically under-represented in the conservation industry are encouraged to apply.