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Forestry Researcher with American Samoa Community College in American Samoa

Type of position Research and extension
Employer American Samoa Community College
Description of Employer The American Samoa Community College Division of Agriculture, Community and Natural Resources is a US Land Grant institution providing research, extension, and instructional services to the residents of American Samoa. The only inhabited US territory located south of the equator, American Samoa provides outstanding opportunities for research and extension in a unique ecological and cultural context.
Location American Samoa
Salary $50,894-55,574 per annum
Closing date of competition July 26, 2022
Date position available May 18, 2022
Description of duties

Under the supervision of the Research Coordinator, the Forestry Researcher leads a research program to improve the understanding and management of American Samoa’s forest resources. The program is responsive to local stakeholder inputs while meeting grantor requirements. Research may address issues in the areas of forest health and invasive species, urban and community forestry, conservation of native forests and wildlife, agroforestry, and sustainable management and utilization of forest resources. The Forestry Research program also provides technical support for the Division’s Forest Health, Urban and Community Forestry, and Forest Stewardship programs as well as forest-related programs at other local and federal government agencies.


• Work closely with counterparts in ACNR and other agencies to design and conduct research and extension projects addressing local community forestry needs
• Write grants to procure support for forestry research and extension programs
• Other duties as assigned by Supervisor
• Provide technical support and collaboration on forestry programs conducted by ACNR and local agencies and provide technical support for ACNR instructional programs
• Conduct and assist with workshops, seminars and other outreach activities to share research finding and promote improved forest conservation and management in American Samoa
• Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate the forestry research program based on local needs and grantor requirements
• Publish research findings in local technical reports as well as refereed journals

Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in forestry, botany or related field
• Professional knowledge of theory and practice of forest conservation and management
• Proven research competence, with two years research and/or extension experience
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
• Proficient in GPS/GIS, with strong background in forest/agroforest management
• Strength and stamina to conduct field work in the humid tropics
• Must have driver’s license
• Pesticide applicator certification (or obtain (or obtain certification within 3 months of hire)

Preferred Qualifications:
• Doctorate degree in forestry, botany or related field
• Plant taxonomy and plant ecology, weed control expertise
• Understanding of Samoan culture and good Samoan language skills


Contact for additional information Mark Schmaedick, [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what Download application form at http://www.amsamoa.edu/employmentopportunities.html
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