*About Quick Carbon*
Quick Carbon is a research initiative led by the Ucross High Plains Stewardship Initiative at the Yale
School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The Quick Carbon team has developed a low-cost
method for rapidly measuring soil carbon across large landscapes at fine spatial resolutions using field
spectrometers. These affordable, pocket-sized devices estimate soil carbon using the reflectance of
soils in the visible and infrared spectra. The inexpensive nature of this methodology lends land
managers the ability to look at impacts of management decisions on below-ground carbon at broad
extents and frequent time intervals. This summer, in collaboration with Noble Research Institute, Our
Sci, Point Blue Conservation Science and partner ranches, the Quick Carbon team will further calibrate
the device across three regions in the western US, including Montana and Wyoming.
Find out more about Ucross and Quick Carbon at quickcarbon.org.
*About the Position*
Quick Carbon is seeking field technicians to collect field measurements at select ranches in WY and MT.
This is a great opportunity for a student or graduate to gain experience with a new technology that
rapidly assesses soil carbon on working lands. The position will be based out of Sheridan, Wyoming;
however, the tasks involved will take place almost exclusively in the field, requiring extensive travel
within and between ranches in WY and MT.
Field technicians will work in teams of two led by a Crew Lead. Quick Carbon will provide onsite training
for sampling protocol and spectrometer usage during the first week of June. The sampling season will
last three months, from June through August. Field technicians will work 10-hour days for four days a
week, totaling 40 hours per week. Field technicians will be paid at a rate of $15 per hour.
*Duties & Responsibilities*
>>Field technicians will collect field measurements including: soil samples, spectrometer readings, and
vegetation percent cover measurements, among other data.
>>Collected data will be entered onsite using a mobile application with bluetooth capabilities and
synced to the spectrometer.
>>Technicians will be responsible for traveling to sample sites and conducting fieldwork in a timely
manner, following the summer sampling timeline.
>>Technicians will be responsible for daily communication with ranch managers to ensure that research
activities are not harming ranch operations.
>>Field technicians will be overseen by a Crew Lead, and the team will report any delays or issues to the
>>Pursuing or have obtained a B.A. or B.S. in Soil Science, Environmental Science, Ecology, Natural
Resource Management, or a related field.
>>Some experience with environmental fieldwork, including soil sampling, vegetation identification,
accurate data collection procedures, and data entry.
>>Able to hike long distances, withstand summer weather conditions for long periods, and lift heavy
items (50 lbs.) if needed for field safety.
>>Able to navigate in remote locations using maps, GPS units, etc.
>>Excellent time management, project management, and organizational skills.
>>Able to follow sampling protocols, stay on task, and work well under time constraints to meet
>>Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
>>A track record of maintaining positive relationships with coworkers, managers, landowners, and
>>Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and have a clean driving record.
>>Must pass a background check.
Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until April 18th.