Field Technician

 Scion specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry industry, wood products and wood-derived materials. We lead new technology development for renewables, bioproducts and energy and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy.

We are seeking a self-motivated and driven individual with an interest in forestry and forest ecology to play a vital role in the delivery of our research in the Forest Science Group based in Christchurch.

You will assist with the establishment and maintenance of experimental field trials (including chemical spray trials), general fieldwork and data collection, and the clearing and sorting of beetle traps, while ensuring compliance with Scion’s Health and Safety Policy.
The successful candidate will have:

  • Outstanding teamwork, planning and communication skills;
  • Experience with field trials, undertaking fieldwork and forest assessments;
  • A general forest ecology background or qualifications is preferred but not mandatory;
  • A willingness to work with pesticides, chemicals and to undertake necessary training to become a certified chemical handler;
  • A reasonable level of fitness to carry out field work that can sometimes be physically demanding;
  • A drivers licence and willingness to travel overnight if required;
  • The ability and confidence to drive on forestry roads, with experience in forest operations is preferred;
  • A commitment to achieve excellence in all aspects of their role;
  • Excellent time management skills;
  • A current chainsaw certificate and first aid certificate (preferred); and,
  • Basic familiarity with Microsoft Word/Excel, or equivalents, for data entry purposes.

Scion presents talented and ambitious individuals the unique opportunity to pursue a fulfilling professional career at the heart of New Zealand’s forest industry.

Closing Date: Monday 29 February 2016

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