Forest Technician

Forest Solutions Inc.

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Job Type Permanent
Salary Details Commensurate with Experience
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

About Forest Solutions:

For the past 25 years, Forest Solutions Inc. (FSI) has been the leading forestry and land management company in Hawaiʻi. We specialize in a diverse variety of forest management and our projects include some of the largest tree planting projects in the state, targeted control of invasive species across landscapes, wildfire pre-suppression, native forest management, native and exotic timber plantations establishment and maintenance, forest inventory, development of traditional agroforest systems, forest planning and permitting, and community engagement.  We are a small business with a team-oriented organization with project managers, foresters and natural resource specialists, forest technicians, and 3 field crews that all contribute experience and insight to addressing resource management challenges in Hawaiʻi.

Our work is always practical, rewarding, based on best available science, informed by field observations and experience, and connected to Hawai‘i’s biocultural heritage. Our forest technicians support a variety of forest management work across hundreds of thousands of acres of Hawai‘i’s forests. 

As a part of our diverse team, you can have a role in shaping the future of large-scale forest management in Hawaiʻi! If you value Hawai‘i’s natural and cultural resources, enjoy working  in the rugged outdoors in beautiful locations, and want to engage in worthwhile conservation  work - this position is for you! 

About the Job:

We are seeking a Forest Technician to support our West Hawai'i/Kona based projects. The ideal candidate will have a love and passion for the outdoors and improving the environment, have field operational experience, be comfortable traversing and camping in remote locations, and have skills, educational background, and a connection to Hawai'i. This is an entry position that works under the direction of our foresters and support field crews. We have projects island-wide, often in unique and special places that are otherwise inaccessible to the general public. Work duties will depend on project location and need.

The position involves extended off-road driving in remote locations with limited communication, camping up to a week at a time, and use of small to midsize equipment (e.g., weed eater, chainsaw, pruners, tractors, etc.). Considerable cross-country hiking/traversing is regularly needed, sometimes as far as 6 miles. Some of the work is in thick forests, in the rain, sometimes both.

Work is project-based so location will change as projects are completed. Productivity, dependability, communication, and a positive attitude are essential. This is a full time, year-round position with benefits. The work schedule is typically four, 10 hour days Monday – Thursday, with  the occasional need for some Fridays and weekends, as needed, to complete time-sensitive  projects.

Candidate selection criteria:

The successful candidate will have an associate's or bachelor’s degree in forestry, botany, natural resource management, biology, or related field; or 2-4 years of equivalent field experience with some formal training.

Principal responsibilities:

  • Support and implement field operations across various projects (including planting, weed control, backpack spraying, and other field work with crews to show demonstration methods);
  • Lead and support field, inventory, and intern crews;
  • Organize and ensure projects can be completed safely and within allocated time;
  • Keep teams on task to complete job efficiently, effectively, and safely;
  • Review project site to ensure crews have necessary equipment, including safety and camping, to complete assigned task;
  • Work closely and communicate regularly (daily to weekly) with project managers to ensure project deliverables are being met;
  • Collect project and field data needed for reporting purposes;
  • Creatively address project issues and needs;
  • Other duties as assigned;
  • Camping in remote locations for a week at a time with 3 day weekends, and occasionally for multiple, consecutive weeks at time.

Essential and desirable qualifications:

  • Ability to problem solve;
  • Works well in a team environment and experience as a team leader;
  • Able to work independently as needed with minimal guidance;
  • Interested in natural resource management and enthusiastic about working outdoors;
  • Knowledge of Hawaiian natural resources, ecology, and biocultural heritage;
  • Experience and comfortable with targeted applications of herbicides;
  • Mechanically inclined.

Compensation & Benefits:

Compensation based on experience, with competitive wages; 401K retirement plan; healthcare including general, dental, and vision; and PTO policy plus holiday pay. 


If interested, please submit:

  • Cover letter highlighting abilities relevant to this position 
  • Résumé or CV
  • List of at least 3 references we can contact

Electronically toforester2021@forestsolutionsinc.com 

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Category Forestry, General / Stewardship
Tags Environmental Consulting