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US Forest Service
Durham, NH, United States (on-site)
10 days ago
US Forest Service
Durham, New Hampshire, United States (on-site)
10 days ago



Northern Research Station

Wildlife Biologist


Louis B. Wyman Forestry Sciences Laboratory

271 Mast Road

Durham, NH 03824


About the Position:

The U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station is seeking to hire a Wildlife Biologist with a duty station in Durham, New Hampshire in the near future. The incumbent will be in the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station (NRS), Research Work Unit (RWU) “Northern Forest Science and
Applications” (NRS-07). The mission of this RWU is to provide science and tools to strengthen northern forests and communities, now and in the future. The incumbent will be responsible for providing forestry and wildlife science support at the Massabesic Experimental Forest in Lyman, ME. The position is a permanent full-time appointment.


  • Wildlife Biologist will provide technical advice and assistance in support of a wildlife management and silviculture research program at the Massabesic Experimental Forest. Wildlife Biologist will serve as the site manager and assist with establishment of silviculture and habitat studies, and the collection,
    analysis, and reporting of research data. Wildlife Biologist will be responsible for the maintenance of experimental forest facilities, as well as day-to-day operations that include scheduling seasonal visits by cooperating researchers and monitoring location, broad practices and safety at the experimental forest.
    Major duties for providing professional assistance to research scientists include:
  • Gathers, compiles, and analyzes data to determine wildlife habitat requirements, forest assessments, and fire behavior and effects modelling. Assesses habitat quality and quantity, interpreting biological requirements for all wildlife species and their habitat; determines the
    potential effects of forest restoration projects and wildfire; and studies and recommends forest management solutions that balance wildlife habitat protection and forest resilience. Coordinates work with research scientists, and with forest and wildlife managers.
  • Provides technical research-related assistance to USDA Forest Service specialists and university scientists who are conducting related research. Works cooperatively with other organizations within and outside the USDA Forest Service, other federal, state and local agencies and tribal governments, and with university faculty and students involved in projects/studies. In this capacity, gathers information for wildlife management plans, maps wildlife habitat, and models wildlife population responses to forest management activities and fire.
  • Coordinates, manages, and supports existing long-term research and initiates new studies to supplement ongoing research studies. Assists higher graded research scientists in designing studies and sampling protocols, writing study plans, and conducting field work. Collects acoustic and camera survey data; analyzes data using advanced acoustic software, geospatial and statistical techniques, and drafts technical papers suitable for publication in scientific journals.
  • Assists unit scientists and cooperators in study conception, study design, and data analysis. Reviews manuscripts for content and clarity and prepares progress reports for on-going research. Represents the unit at meetings, attends conferences on current and related research, and presents data and research papers at conferences and scientific meetings. Represents the unit on guided tours of ongoing research with administrators, land managers, and the lay public.
  • Serves as Site Manager for the Massabesic EF. Responsibilities include facility maintenance and upkeep coordination, safety protocols, coordinating with WMNF personnel to identify/apply best land management practices to ensure integrity of the EF, obtain needed supplies through established Station purchasing guidelines, performs administrative duties as needed. Position requires maintaining a valid state driver’s license; and maintain proficiency in the use of forestry equipment including chain saws, utility task vehicles, and fire management certifications.


Durham, New Hampshire (2020 pop. 15,490) offers breathtaking scenery and the slower pace of New England country and small-town life. Portsmouth, New Hampshire is only 8 miles to the east, Boston, MA 1 hour to the south, and Portland, ME 1 hour to the north; residents can access the best in health care services, arts, culture, outdoor adventures, and sporting events. The Louis B. Wyman Forest Sciences Laboratory is located on the western edge of the University of New Hampshire campus. The White Mountain National Forest is about a 2-hour drive north and includes both Bartlett and Hubbard Brook Experimental Forests. The Massabesic Experimental Forest is an hour away in Alfred and Lyman, ME. Transportation facilities within the Durham area include Amtrak train service and a bus system that connect Durham with Boston, New York City, and Portland, Maine. Air transportation can be accessed from Boston's Logan Airport, Manchester Airport, and the Portland Jetport -- providing both domestic, international, and connector passenger service through a variety of carriers. More information about the seacoast region, nearby university, and points of interest can be found here:

Vacancy Announcement:

The vacancy announcement for this position will be posted in the near future on the U.S. Government's official website for employment opportunities at All persons indicating an interest in applying for this position will be notified when the position is posted. Those who wish to be considered for this position must apply to the vacancy announcement and upload all required documentation, including transcripts and eligibility for special authority hiring, as
appropriate. All applicants who have applied to the announcement and are found to be qualified and in the quality group will be referred for consideration.


If you are interested in this opportunity please complete the form below. If you have questions, or wish to be sent notice of the vacancy announcement posting, please contact Mariko Yamasaki, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station,, (603) 397-8079.

To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen.

Thank you for your interest in this position.

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REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The USDA Forest Service provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the point of contact listed above. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. 


Outreach Interest Form

NRS Research Wildlife Biologist, Durham, New Hampshire


If you are interested in this position, complete this form and send to Mariko Yamasaki at by March 31, 2023.







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Thank you for your interest in this position!

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68432721
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Durham, New Hampshire, United States
  • Company Name For Job: US Forest Service
  • Position Title: Wildlife Biologist
  • Industry: Wilderness Ecology
  • Job Function: Wildlife Biologist
  • Job Type: Full-Time
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