Employer: University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences
Location: Pack Forest, Eatonville, WA
Application deadline: Open Until Filled (still posted as of Nov 30, 2021)
This position will support field collection and processing of sap from Bigleaf maple trees at the University of Washington’s Pack Forest and at other project location sites in western WA. The School of Environmental and Forest Sciences has received a grant from the USDA ACER program in support of building maple syrup production capacity in western WA. The 4300-acre UW Experimental Research Forest, Pack Forest, established field and processing capacity beginning in the fall 2019. This year additional research sites and improvements to field installations and the processing facility are planned. In addition, new field installations and a portable maple sap processing unit will be developed. The maple sugaring specialist will work in support of the research activities. Temporary housing on site can be provided as needed.
The Maple Sugaring Specialist will help with all aspects of production. Work will include: preparing field collection lines and tanks, setting spiles, keeping lines running and clean. The field work will involve clearing brush, setting lines on sloped ground, and building, installing and maintaining equipment. Transport of sap from the field to the sugaring facility, concentrating sugar, and making and bottling syrup in a food grade facility will be a critical aspect of the work. A food handling license and data recording is an important aspect of this position. The position will also demonstrate processes by transporting and operating a mobile maple syrup processing unit to various sites around the state. May require some work on weekends. Travel expenses will be covered. Meticulous detail to cleaning and maintaining clean equipment are required. Must be able to lift 50 pounds, walk uneven terrain, and work in the field under varied weather conditions.