Intermittent Worker

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Position type: Intermittent Worker
Department: 080100 - FWRC - Forestry
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Support Staff, Intermittent Worker
Position Open Date:

Position Function:

Approximate schedule will be from mid-May through mid-August 2023. The positions are full-time requiring a minimum 40-hour work week. Students wishing to receive internship credit will need to complete an internship agreement or practicum agreement and enroll in the appropriate course (Consult with your advisor). Fall and Spring Semester opportunities are also available, please inquire if interested.

Employees hired into Intermittent positions are limited to working no more than 720 hours per fiscal year.

Salary Grade:  UC

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges.  For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Forestry is one of three departments in the College of Forest Resources and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University. The faculty have diverse teaching, research, service, and outreach expertise in the disciplines of forest biology and watershed management; forest economics, management, and policy; and forest measurements, biometrics, and spatial technologies. The Department has two undergraduate degree programs, Forestry and Natural Resource and Environmental Conservation, each accredited by the Society of American Foresters with ~200 students in addition to ~40 graduate students in both on-campus and distance education programs. The University’s John W. Starr Memorial Forest (a +8,000-acre research and teaching forest), the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, and the Tombigbee National Forest are located in close proximity to the University and used for teaching, research, and Extension/outreach activities.

Mississippi State University is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity (R1) institution and a land grant university with a strong connection to the state-wide Extension Service. The University is in Starkville, a medium-size college town in northeast Mississippi (

Anticipated Appointment Date:

May 2023. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The positions will be located on a National Wildlife Refuge in the Southeast Region. Work will be under the direction of the Refuge Forester and/or Wildlife Biologist and may include conducting forest habitat evaluations, timber cruising, timber marking, invasive species control, and assisting with wildlife surveys, wildlife management activities, and general refuge operational work. The positions may require some travel to conduct work on other refuges as needed. Salary is $14 per hour plus travel and per diem (when appropriate). Housing will be provided at "no cost" to the intern.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should be knowledgeable about forest ecology as it relates to wildlife management. Candidates must be able and willing to work in harsh field conditions. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred candidates will be Junior, Senior, and or Graduate students who have knowledge regarding, Silvics, Dendrology, Mensuration, and Natural Resource Ecology and Wildlife Management. Experience with GIS applications and the use of field data loggers is also preferred, but not required. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply but will be limited to a total of 720 hours per calendar year. Only students currently enrolled or recently graduated from MSU are eligible.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

•Work may involve moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
•Considerable physical activity. Requires heavy physical work; heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling required of objects up to 50 pounds. Physical work is a primary part (more than 70%) of job.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply:

Application Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2023. Send brief cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to:

Attn: Henry Sansing,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (SE Regional Forester)
College of Forest Resources
Box 9690
MS State, MS 39762
(Or you may)
Email application to:

For more information, feel free to contact Mr. Sansing at 662-418-1372.

Screening Date:

January 27, 2023 until filled. 

Restricted Clause:

Position is contingent upon continued availability of funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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