Forest Data Technician - North Central MN

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The Nature Conservancy

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Bemidji, MN, United States

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30+ days ago


Cass Lake, Minnesota, USA


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The Forest Data Technician works closely with other staff to research and gather conservation planning data.


The Forest Data Technician will assist in measuring forest vegetation and site conditions in North – Central Minnesota, primarily within the Chippewa National Forest and Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Landscape. They will focus on collecting baseline forest vegetation data within Riparian Emphasis Areas as well as pre-treatment data on sites to be managed using a variety of silvicultural techniques. The Forest Data Technician will work with Conservancy staff as well as work closely with Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Division of Resource Management staff members. This is a full-time, short-term position working for approximately 12 weeks from approximately mid-May - August of 2022, with potential to extend a few weeks longer depending on availability.


  • Will set up plots within designated stands for monitoring changes in vegetation and site conditions pre/post treatment.
  • Will enter and manage forest survey data using ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and other GIS web applications.
  • Coordinate GIS-based survey data collection with TNC Staff and other conservation partners.
  • GIS-Based data processing and analysis.
  • Compiles data, resolves data disparities, and conducts analyses to support assessment and planning.
  • May work with a small group of staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis.
  • Will work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances. Safety


  • Associates Degree in natural resources, environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months’ experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.


  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Field experience, especially related to Minnesota forested ecosystems and flora.
  • Experience with GIS software and data to create maps.
  • Ability to interpret guidelines and evaluate information and adapt accordingly.
  • Ability to work independently and exercise independent judgment.
  • Basic supervisory skills.
  • Time management skills.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


$15-$18 Hourly salary- Depends on experience


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