Forest Technician

Forest Solutions, Inc.

About the organization

For over 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 including 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.


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 location, and have skills, educational background, and a connection to Hawai'i. This is an entry to a mid-level 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:
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 to complete assigned task; Work closely & communicate regularly 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; Camping in remote locations for a week at a time with 3 day weekends, and occasionally for multiple, consecutive weeks.
-Essential and desirable qualifications:
Ability to problem solve; Works well in a team environment and experience as a team leader;
Able to work independently with minimal guidance; Interested in natural resource management & enthusiastic about working outdoors; Knowledge of Hawaiian natural resources, ecology, and biocultural heritage; Experience 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.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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: [email protected]

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