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Research Forester with Weyerhaeuser in Vanceboro, NC

Type of position Full time, permanent
Employer Weyerhaeuser
Description of Employer We sustainably manage forests and manufacture products that make the world a better place. We’re serious about safety, driven to achieve excellence, and proud of what we do. With multiple business lines in locations across North America, we offer a range of exciting career opportunities for smart, talented people who are passionate about making a difference.
We know you have a choice in your career. We want you to choose us.
Location Vanceboro, NC
Salary Competitive salary range, based on related experience
Benefits At Weyerhaeuser, our most valued resources aren’t just the trees and timberlands we oversee. Our employees are the real reason we’ve been in business for over 100 years. Their skill and ingenuity have made Weyerhaeuser one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of wood products in the world. Weyerhaeuser wants to attract and retain the best people. That is why we offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes an annual bonus plan, 401(k) plan, which includes a generous company match, and comprehensive health benefits.
Closing date of competition 9/6/2022
Date position available 8/10/2022
Description of duties

Weyerhaeuser is searching for a Research Forester to support its Southern Timberlands Technology (STT) team in New Bern, North Carolina.

As a Research Forester, you will be a member of the STT Team that develops and implements new technology for growing southern yellow pine plantations. The STT conducts cutting edge research in plantation management and is responsible for improving the knowledge and science used to manage stand in a sustainable way. You will work with a team of researchers and area foresters to manage studies and developing operating guidelines for the business. As a Research Forester, you will be responsible for implementing all facets of the Production Forestry field research program across Southern Timberlands. It requires a strong communication with scientists and the entire STT Team to ensure field test sites are properly selected, site prepared, established, maintained, measured, and documented.  


You will be able to conduct research on various aspects of silviculture, forest soils, tree genetics, tree physiology, remote sensing, plant pathology and plant nutrition.  Additionally, you will be responsible for transferring technological information in a practical manner to managers, silvicultural foresters, harvesting foresters, planners, and other relevant parties.  This transfer of information may be in the form of group presentations, field tours, and written reports.  Assist in all aspects of the Production Forestry Field Research Program, as well as other related areas of research (Environmental and Tree Improvement) as needed.


The job scope for this role is South wide with a focus on the North Carolina and Virginia regions. 


At Weyerhaeuser, our focus is as much on building our people as building our business. We are committed to creating an environment where individuals can flourish, diversities encouraged, and communities supported. We are one of the premier integrated forest products organizations in the world. At Weyerhaeuser, we are always looking for people who can contribute, grow, think, and create!  Our associates are the real reason we have been in business for over 120 years. Their skill and ingenuity have made Weyerhaeuser one of the largest and premium timber, land, and forest products company in the world.

Find out more about Weyerhaeuser at www.weyerhaeuser.com and learn our Story here: https://youtu.be/c2R_lQ7wo0A“>https://youtu.be/c2R_lQ7wo0A

Qualifications sought
  • Bachelors degree with 1 or more years of relevant experience OR Masters degree (or higher) in Forestry, Forest Management, Silviculture, Soils, or related field; Masters degree (or higher) with related experience is preferred
  • Basic understanding of a broad range of core competencies including plantation nutrition, tree physiology, tree genetics, soils, growth and yield, and silvicultural systems
  • Field forestry experience with focus on research
  • Contract administration (both preparing contracts and managing the contractor)
  • Ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines
  • Excellent working knowledge of MS Office applications
  • Excellent computer and GIS skills
  • Knowledge of statistical software: e.g., SAS and R
  • Good knowledge of experimental design and the importance of data quality
  • Excellent team working skills 
  • The ability to work alone safely, often in remote areas and during periods of change
  • Proactive problem-solving skills
  • Ability to travel the region as needs require, sometimes 1-2 weeks at a time
  • Stay abreast of current science, to understand operational practices, and to recognize research needs and challenges as they arise
  • Experience with UAVs (drones) is a plus.  The successful applicant will be expected to earn a UAV pilots license within 6 months of starting.


Desired Attributes

  • Strong math, analytical and financial analysis skills including but not limited to interpreting research data, generating discounted cash flows to compare alternative regimes, understanding forest inventory data and interpreting growth and yield model outputs
  • Familiarity with spatial and tabular data in GIS and databases
  • Herbicide, pesticide and fertilizer application management
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely in forestry or related operations


About Timberlands
We believe trees are a remarkable resource that can and should be managed responsibly to make a range of products that meet human needs, while also providing recreation, wildlife habitat, and other important ecosystem benefits. 
For more than a century, we’ve been taking care of forests to make life better.

Application procedure  
Submit what Resume and application
Submit to Please submit your resume and application to http://weyer.jobs/17740
Additional Information Weyerhaeuser is an equal opportunity employer. Inclusion is one of our five core values and we strive to maintain a culture where all our people feel a sense of belonging, opportunity and shared purpose. We are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and supporting an equitable and inclusive environment that inspires people of all backgrounds to join, stay and thrive with our team.