Geotechnical Specialist NRS4, Oregon Dept. of Forestery, Roseburg, OR

There is currently one permanent full-time position open with the Oregon Department of Forestry located in Roseburg. This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for this position and may be used to fill future vacancies. For specific questions regarding this position, please contact Dave Lorenz, Southern Oregon Area Director, at (541) 953-8164.

The Oregon Department of Forestry's (ODF) Mission is – To serve the people of Oregon through the protection, management, and promotion of a healthy forest environment, which will enhance Oregon's livability and economy for today and tomorrow. ODF is a multi-programmed, multi-funded public agency chartered and structured to administer the forest laws and policies of the State of Oregon, within the framework of sustainable forests, for the benefit of all Oregonians.

This position exists to support both the Private Forests and State Forests Management programs, primarily in the Southern Oregon Area. The primary function is as the Area geotechnical specialist. One of the purposes of the Private Forests Program is to assure continuous growing and harvesting of forest tree species while minimizing negative effects to resources identified in the Forest Practices Act (FPA) and Forest Practices Rules (FPR). The purpose of the State Forests Program is to manage State forests according to applicable statutes, rules, policies and directives in a technically sound manner. Both programs are statewide in scope and serve State of Oregon forestry needs in major areas of importance. In both programs, the general public, forest landowners, forest operators and the forest industry are primarily affected. These programs support the Agency's mission to provide a variety of forest-related services to the citizens and to administer the forest laws and policies of the State of Oregon.

The primary purpose of this position is to: 1) Provide geotechnical engineering expertise in the area of slope stability, geomorphology, soil erosion, forest operation, earth processes, hydrology, hydraulics and other technical subjects; 2) Analyze proposed administrative rules, policies and guidance and make recommendations regarding adequacy relative to administrative consistency, geotechnical engineering feasibility and impacts on field administration of the FPA, forest operations and natural resource protection; 3) Work with other agency technical specialists to insure consistent application of agency policy.

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Ph.D. Assistantship in Forest Operations, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

The Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech is searching for a Ph.D.-level graduate student to conduct research regarding forest operations and logging businesses. The student should have a strong background and interest in applied forestry, especially harvesting operations and extension programs. The student would begin in Fall Semester 2018. Interested students should contact Dr. Scott Barrett (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more information.
This full-time (20 hours per week) assistantship with stipend includes a waiver of academic-year tuition. In addition, Virginia Tech offers enhanced benefits to graduate students on assistantship by providing a partial subsidy for health insurance. Comprehensive and technology fees are the responsibility of the student.
Applications must be submitted to the Virginia Tech Graduate School:
GRE scores are required.
Virginia Tech, founded in 1872 as a land-grant institution, is currently ranked as a Top 30 Public University by US News & World Report and a Top 30 Public Research University by the National Science Foundation. Through a combination of its three missions of learning, discovery, and engagement, Virginia Tech continually strives to accomplish the charge of its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve). As Virginia's most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech serves a diverse population of 30,000+ students and 8,000+ faculty and staff from over 100 countries and is engaged in research around the world.
Blacksburg, nestled in the Ridge and Valley province, is special. Because of the town’s award-winning services, reasonable cost of living, safety, moderate climate, and abundant leisure activities, Blacksburg is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live and has earned a reputation nationwide as a well-managed, stable, and forward-looking community. Blacksburg is located in Montgomery County, which is bordered by the Blue Ridge Parkway to the east and the Appalachian Trail to the west. Virginia claims nearly 550 miles of the Appalachian Trail (more than any other state) and a great deal of that mileage is in Southwest Virginia, renowned for its natural beauty, distinctive history, and enduring traditions.
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination or accessibility should contact the Office for Equity and Access.

Forester, Weyerhaeuser, Coos Bay, OR

Our operations in Coos Bay, Oregon has an opening for a qualified Forester. The safe and efficient growing of commercial forests for harvest, in an environmentally and economically sound manner, is the core of this role. The position reports to the Coos Bay Area Manager, with additional accountabilities to the Regional Forester for silvicultural activities in the area. It is a full-time, exempt position. Salary level is dependent on skills and experience.  

The general sequence of the silvicultural treatments is: site preparation (chemical/mechanical), regeneration, land exams, vegetation control (chemical/mechanical), stocking control, commercial thinning, fire protection and involvement in other related fields.  

Key Functions: 

  • Making silvicultural prescriptions based on judgment, experience and data.
  • Providing energy, critical thinking and enthusiasm for all tree growing activities.
  • Being an advocate for industrial forestry.
  • Being a role model and mentor for entry level foresters.
  • Occasional presentations to colleagues and senior management.
  • Project layout, using aerial photos, maps, GIS systems and ground reconnaissance.
  • Contract negotiation, bidding, field administration and making payments.
  • Developing and tracking budgets and key silvicultural metrics.
  • Keeping careful and accurate records of silvicultural activities.
  • Using computers for planning, tracking, and forestry inventory.
  • Fire preparedness, fire fighting and other protection functions as required.
  • Must model and inspect for safe work practices at all times. 
  • Act as company representative with landowners, government agencies, and community representatives. 
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal safety statues, environmental requirements and Weyerhaeuser resource and stewardship goals. 


  • Preferred candidates would have a BS degree in Forest Management or closely related field.  
  • Candidates with Northwest regional field experience will be strongly considered.
  • Minimum of 1 year in operational forestry; 
  • Must possess strong team building, communication (written and oral), analytical and critical thinking skills and proficiency in computer and spreadsheet usage. 
  • Experience managing expense and capital budgets.
  • Must be highly motivated, a self-directed team player and willing to work independently in an office setting, while traveling to destinations and in the outdoor environment.  Minimum of 50% of work time is spent in the field, much of it on steep or broken ground covered with slash, brush, and occasional poison oak.  Field work accomplished under a variety of weather conditions; all that Northwest has to offer.
  • Knowledge of state and federal wildlife, water and Oregon forest practice rules/statutes.
  • Experience preparing, negotiating, administering and monitoring contracts.
  • Able to develop, priority, plan, implement and manage activities to meet targets and deadlines with occasional extended work periods and weekend work.
  • Proficiency in use of personal computers and related software applications such as MS Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint.
  • Familiarity with Geographical Information Systems is highly desirable.

·         Current driver’s license is required as work involves driving vehicles on rough roads (approx 25,000 per year).

About Our Timberlands Business

We’re experts in growing, nurturing, harvesting and replanting trees without harming the environment or exhausting the supply. Our timberlands team attracts world-class professionals who understand how to make the most of our remarkable, renewable resource — to meet the needs of our investors, customers and communities today, and for decades to come. 

Interested candidates may apply to: 11/19/17

Weyerhaeuser is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment women, minorities, qualified individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.