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Lecturer in Forestry // 4 April 2024

The Institute of Science and Environment, University of Cumbria, is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in Forestry who has broad knowledge of forestry from a practical and/or academic perspective. The Institute would particularly welcome applications from candidates with experience of forest management and with strong links to the forestry sector. This could be an opportunity for an industry professional looking for a career change or a new challenge to share their experience and skills with our students. The Institute would be happy to consider job share/part time applications for this post. Prior experience of teaching in higher education is not essential. For those new to teaching, the University offers a PgC in Learning and Teaching for Higher Education.

The National School of Forestry, situated within IoSE, has been delivering applied professional forestry courses for over 50 years and has a growing portfolio of research and knowledge exchange projects with colleagues in the wider Institute. The School has strong links to the sector and its professional bodies. The successful candidate will join the forestry team which comprises a combination of forestry academics and those with a professional forest management background, enabling the School to blend theory, forestry research, and real-world application throughout its provision. The National School of Forestry delivers professional forestry courses at undergraduate level (BSc and Degree Apprenticeship) and is keen to continue developing its portfolio of courses to meet the needs of the profession in this country and internationally, responding to social, economic and environmental forces in the forestry sector.

The successful candidate will join in the delivery of our existing programmes and contribute to the design and delivery of future planned postgraduate and CPD developments, making the most of the opportunities offered by the location at the University's Ambleside campus.

Institution:  Institute of Science and Environment, University of Cumbria
Duty Station:  Ambleside, UK
Closing date:  4 April 2024, 23:59 hours BST



PhD Position in Forest Growth Projection and Sampling // 1 May 2024

For many forests of the world, growth models and growth data are vital to plan adaptation strategies under climate change. In reality, both are limited to certain tree species, ecosystem types, and geographical regions. Thus, there is an immediate need to extend the coverage of growth models and data. To do so, we need a projection system that can easily calibrate existing growth models in real-time with incoming growth data from forest ecosystems without a model. Moreover, a cost-effective and efficient inventory system for monitoring forest growth is needed that can be deployed over large areas in such forest ecosystems to complement the projection system. The Department of Forest Resources Management, University of British Columbia, is looking for a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and independent person for a four-year funded PhD position. The overall aims of the position are to develop a projection system based on particle filtering to effectively predict long-term forest growth and an inventory system based on variable probability sampling to efficiently estimate the growth. The preferred start date is September 2024.

Institution:  Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Duty Station:  Vancouver, BC, Canada
Closing date:  1 May 2024



Extension specialist: Christmas Tree Production and Marketing // 26 February 2024 and open until filled

The College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University is seeking an effective and dynamic educator to fill the Extension specialist position in Christmas Tree Production and Marketing focusing primarily on the intensive culture of Fraser fir Christmas trees. The Christmas Tree Production and Marketing Extension Specialist will provide leadership for the development, delivery, and evaluation of educational programming and materials with an emphasis on Christmas tree production and marketing for NC Christmas tree producers. In addition, the Specialist will build collaborative partnerships with a variety of stakeholders including county Extension personnel, landowners, state and federal agencies, non-government organizations, natural resource professionals, and others to increase the visibility and reach of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. They will be responsible for developing and delivering educational programming to diverse audiences, including stakeholders from diverse socio-demographic groups and with varied background knowledge of forest management. The Specialist will work with researchers, Extension professionals and others within the College of Natural Resources, across the university, and other agencies to interpret and disseminate current research findings consistent with the philosophy, policy, and overall educational objectives of North Carolina Cooperative Extension and NC State University. Educational information and program delivery will be in cooperation with NC Cooperative Extension field faculty, current Extension Forestry team members, statewide partners and stakeholders, and will use a variety of delivery strategies appropriate for the target audience. Strategies could include workshops, short courses, demonstration projects, webinars, podcasts, publications, fact-sheets, mass media, and social media.

Institution:  Whitehill Lab, Christmas Tree Genetics (CTG) program, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University
Duty Station:  Raleigh, NC, USA
Closing date:  Review of applications will begin on February 26, 2024. Open until filled

Contact:  Email applications to Dr. Justin Whitehill, jwhiteh2(at)


Bioregions Trainee // 15 March 2024

The Bioregions Facility of EFI aims to be a knowledge centre of innovation for the regional forest bioeconomy. FIRE-RES project is developing open innovation approaches to speed up innovation uptake to mitigate wildfire risk. The trainee will support activities related to the exploitation of innovation in the forest bioeconomy from the Bioregions Facility and in wildfires from the FIRE-RES project, as well as awareness-raising activities.

Your tasks will include: - Support the organisation of online matchmaking events such as "Forestry Speed Datings", as well as in-person innovation/pitching days; - Support the implementation of activities aimed at speeding up innovation, facilitating the replication, access to market and upscaling of novel solutions in forestry and forest value chains; - Support the development of communications activities and content on innovation topics; - Other activities as agreed during the traineeship period

Institution:  Bioregions Facility, European Forest Institute (EFI)
Duty station:  Joensuu, Finland
Closing date:  15 March 2024



Professor (all ranks) and Lecturer Positions in Indigenous Land Stewardship // 24 March 2024

The Faculty of Forestry at the UBC Vancouver campus is delighted to announce that they will be hiring several new faculty members to join the existing team at the new Centre of Indigenous Land Stewardship (CILS). A number of different positions are available, including sessional lecturer, lecturer, tenure-track professor of teaching (all ranks) and tenure-track professor (all ranks). The lecturer positions may be full or part-time. CILS aspires to be a global centre of excellence, bringing Indigenous Peoples' knowledge and land ethics together with natural resource science and management. By openly sharing information and ideas, land stewardship systems will be built that are grounded in holistic land stewardship and earth-based community values.

Besides other responsibilities with CILS and Faculty of Forestry, a key role for all successful applicants will be to participate in delivering the new Bachelor of Indigenous Land Stewardship (BILS) program, commencing in September 2024. This is an interdisciplinary, four-year undergraduate program created to prepare students to build and operate comprehensive land stewardship systems that are grounded in Indigenous earth-based land ethics – systems that can operate in complex inter-governmental environments and foster our next generation of land stewards. The program includes innovative and diverse courses in areas such as Indigenous ways of knowing, ecology, law and governance, economics, communication, business management, research and data management methods, and community capacity building.

Institution:  Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Duty station:  Vancouver, BC, Canada
Closing date:  24 March 2024


  • JR16105 - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor (Tenure-Track) in Indigenous Land Stewardship
  • JR16107 - Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Teaching (Tenure-Track) in Indigenous Land Stewardship
  • JR16115 - Lecturer in Indigenous Land Stewardship
  • JR16110 - Lecturer in Indigenous Land Stewardship (part-time 50-75%)
  • Sessional lecturers in Indigenous Land Stewardship program (part-time)


Assistant/Associate Professor - Christmas Tree Specialist // 16 February 2024 or 1 March 2024

The Department of Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management in the College of Forestry invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, tenure/tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor position. The specialist will focus on their areas of specialization, and also interface with other researchers and Extension specialists to foster a comprehensive program in Christmas Tree research and Extension. Specialties could include physiological ecology, silviculture, horticulture, genetics and biotechnology, entomology, pathology, or weed science. The specialist must interact with a wide variety of people and organizations, such as the state, regional, and national Christmas tree associations; state and federal agencies; Extension agents in Oregon and surrounding states; individual growers and suppliers; nurseries and nursery associations; and other specialists.

Institution:  Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University 
Duty station:  Aurora, OR, USA   
Full Consideration Date:  16 February 2024
Closing Date:  1 March 2024



Professor in Forest Mycology and Pathology // 23 March 2024

In keeping with its development plan, the Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Université Laval, is seeking a Professor in forest mycology and pathology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in French at all levels, to support the department's various programs, in particular, the bachelor's degree in forest management and environment, the cooperative bachelor's degree program in forest operations, and the integrated bachelor's degree in natural and managed environments, and to develop a competitive research program in the targeted fields. More specifically, teaching and research activities will focus on the following areas: 1. Forest pathology as it relates to forest management and nursery stock production; 2. Forest mycology focusing on the biology and ecological functions of fungi; 3. Study of plant symbioses in tree nutrition and development; 4. Impact of global change on the evolution of pathosystems and root symbioses; 5. Development of strategies to increase tree resilience to disease and abiotic stress in urban environments.

Institution:  Department of Wood and Forest Sciences, Université Laval
Duty station:  Quebec City, Canada
Closing date:  23 March 2024



Chair of Digitized forestry processes and systems // 29 February 2024

The Institute of Forest Utilization and Forest Technology, Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TUD Dresden University of Technology invites applications for the Chair (W2) of Digitized forestry processes and systems to be filled at the earliest possible date. The Institute is looking for an internationally recognized individual with comprehensive competencies in the field of forest sciences, in-depth knowledge and experience in information technologies, and production systems modeling and simulation, as evidenced by relevant publications in top-tier publication venues. Your publications, international networking, and teaching evaluation results serve as evidence of this. Your research achievements have high development potential. In addition, the Institute expects extensive experience in independent teaching and success in acquiring third-party funding.

The successful candidate (m/f/x) will be dedicated to the development, integration and optimization of digitalized processes within forest-based, biogenic value networks with special attention to interfaces and human work in research, teaching and public transfer. The Institute's research is based on Industry 4.0 approaches and methods for the purpose of automating machines and processes. These methods include, among others, sensor technology and data-driven technologies in forestry. Sustainability, resource efficiency, protection of climate and biodiversity in the production of wood and non-wood products as well as the provision of other ecosystem services are important basic principles. Teaching essentially includes training in the bachelor's and master's degree program "Forest Sciences", in the master's degree program "Wood Technology and Wood Economics" and in other degree programs at TUD Dresden University of Technology. In particular, contents in the fields of automation of forestry processes and the application of data-driven methods are to be taught. Furthermore, forest development planning, stand treatment and personnel management under the influence of digitalization are relevant.

Institution:  Institute of Forest Utilization and Forest Technology, Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, TUD Dresden University of Technology
Duty station:  Dresden, Germany
Closing date:  29 February 2024



Associate or Full Professor of Plant Biology and Scientific Director of the Proctor Maple Research Center // 5 March 2024

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Vermont (UVM) invites applications for the position of Scientific Director of the Proctor Maple Research Center (PMRC) at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, starting August 2024. The College seeks an accomplished researcher with the creative vision to help guide the research direction of the PMRC, sustain and grow its use as a cutting-edge research facility for forest tree biology and maple syrup production, and enhance the capabilities of the Center by attracting research faculty, visiting scientists, and graduate students. This is a 9-month 1.0 FTE position, with the potential for one additional month of Director salary, and an underlying tenured faculty position in the Department of Plant Biology. The position of Scientific Director requires an innovative and experienced researcher with a nationally or internationally recognized research program grounded in the basic science of tree biology, with clear potential for translational application to maple health, sap, and/or syrup production. Examples of potential research areas include, but are not limited to, tree physiology, forest ecology, tree responses to global change, systems biology, or other fundamental areas important to tree and forest ecosystem health. PMCR is particularly interested in candidates who are highly collaborative and will foster an inclusive environment that engages with multiple researchers working across themes of forest tree biology and global change and will help grow the breadth of research hosted at the PMRC. The Scientific Director will oversee a program that includes both basic research on tree biology/ecology and applied research on maple sap and/or syrup production. The Scientific Director will also work closely with the Administrative and Outreach Director to coordinate activities at the PMRC as well as to engage with stakeholders. As part of their role guiding the scientific direction of the PMRC, the Scientific Director is expected to maintain an active lab group, including mentoring graduate and undergraduate student researchers.

Institution:  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Department of Plant Biology, University of
Vermont (UVM)

Duty station:  Underhill, VT, USA
Closing date:  Application review will begin 5 March 2024.



Postdoctoral Scholar in Fungal e-DNA Technologies and Applications // closing date not indicated

The Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University, is inviting applications for the position of a Postdoctoral Scholar in Fungal eDNA Technologies and Applications. Invasive native and non-native fungal pathogens threaten forest resources and ecosystem services, and early detection is key to preventing their establishment. The individual working on this project will test the usefulness of both passive and active spore trapping for early detection and, as such, should have proven expertise in fungal identification using multigene phylogenetic placement as well as metabarcoding analysis, and be willing to work on developing spore trapping devices and deploying them in the field across the eastern United States. The individual will be based in the lab of Pierluigi (Enrico) Bonello in the department of Plant Pathology at the Ohio State University. The project is funded through a Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL) grant to the USDA Forest Service titled "Increasing infrastructure for early detection of native and invasive forest pathogen DNA." The individual will be coadvised by Dr. Isabel Munck, USDA Forest Service.

Institutions:  Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University
Duty station:  Columbus, Ohio, USA
Closing date:  not indicated