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 Job TitleMalcolm Knapp Research Forest Graduate Internship One 8-month position
EmployerUBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest (MKRF)
Timing of JobMay 1 – Dec 31, 2023. Some flexibility may be possible regarding the work period or work week.
ClassificationInternship Position
Salary$4,300 per month
Job LocationMaple Ridge, BC at the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest office.
Job DescriptionWe are seeking a dynamic and resourceful individual to implement a two-phased forest management project in conjunction with senior research forest staff. The first aspect of the project involves piloting the use of a spatially integrated forest management software to track planning and operations from silvilculture to harvest activities – and exploring use of this tool in teaching & learning in UBC programs. The second phase is the development of a thinning (pre-commercial & commercial) regime across the whole MKRF through GIS and field assessment.

Assistance with other research forest projects may be required. The internship will also provide the graduate intern with practical exposure to silviculture, forest health issues, fuel and fire management and harvest planning and operations. Special projects based on the successful candidate’s interests and abilities may also be considered.
Job RequirementsThis is a non-union, full-time, term position in Maple Ridge. The work-week is 37.5 hours (8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday with a 30-minute unpaid lunch break). Occasional weekends and altered hours may be required for particular events/projects. This position will require working outdoors in all weather conditions, driving a 4×4 vehicle (supplied) on gravel roads, and competence with field navigation.

Applicants must be enrolled as a graduate student. Candidates will preferably be in the UBC Faculty of Forestry, a Canadian resident, and have completed an undergraduate degree in forestry or related field. Graduate students who have newly completed degrees (winter 2022 or spring 2023 term) will also be considered. This position requires a considerable amount of judgment, responsibility, and initiative in determining work procedures and methods.  

Applicants must have a valid Class 5 B.C. Driver’s License, and a clean driving record. First-aid certification, familiarity with MS Excel, Avenza maps and ESRI GIS products, and Forester in Training status with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, would be considerable assets.
How to ApplySubmit a resume with a cover letter to the attention of Sean Pledger ( and Ionut Aron (
Deadline for ApplicationsFebruary 3, 2022. Interviews will be conducted shortly after this date.