FOREST DEMOGRAPHY AND FIRE EFFECTS: These positions will involve examining
forest research plots for mortality and recruitment, mapping down woody
debris, and undertaking ancillary tasks such as seedling surveys,
dendrometer measurements, and soil work. Work will begin in the Yosemite
Forest Dynamics Plot (Yosemite National Park) and continue to the Wind River
Forest Dynamics Plot (Gifford Pinchot National Forest), and end in the Utah
Forest Dynamics Plot (Cedar Breaks National Monument). At Yosemite and Wind
River, the crew will work with and train volunteers (students and
citizen-scientists). We seek two field crew members and one field crew lead
to join our team of scientists.
DURATION: Mid-May through mid-August. The work schedule is four, ten-hour
days per week. Because we don’t work under inclement conditions, the crew
will need to be flexible.
SALARY: $12.50 per hour for the crew, $15.00 for the crew lead. Campground
and field station accommodations are provided (camping at Yosemite and Cedar
Breaks, field station at Wind River). Actual gas expenses (with receipts and
mileage log) for travel between the crew’s residences and each of the field
sites will be reimbursed.
QUALIFICATIONS: Previous experience taking vegetation research data, working
safely in challenging environments, and following complex data collection
protocols is required. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve
problems, to work both independently and in teams of two or three, and to
work with students and volunteers. Work will involve moving through
sometimes rough terrain carrying delicate and expensive equipment, as well
as carrying up to 10 kg of additional gear. Knowledge of western flora, tree
pathogens, and forest insects is helpful, as is solid experience with
outdoor living. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, good driving
history (no recent DUI or reckless driving), and a Wilderness First Aid
certification valid for the season (Wilderness First Responder preferred;
urban first aid/CPR not enough).
APPLY: Please assemble the following into a single PDF file and email it to
firstname.lastname@example.org – 1) a one-page cover letter describing your reasons for
applying, specific dates of availability (including any planned mid-summer
absences, or a statement that you plan none), and confirmation of your first
aid certification, 2) a resume, no longer than two pages, 3) unofficial
transcripts, and 4) names, phone numbers and email addresses of three
references. The application deadline is January 31, 2018, but applications
will be reviewed beginning immediately. Usually, we have made our staffing
decisions by early February. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier.
Additional information and background at:
http://westernforestinitiative.org, http://yfdp.org, http://wfdp.org, and
http://ufdp.org. Each of the research plots also has a Facebook page with
general photos of the work sites and activities.