Job Posting Northern California Summer Field Technicians

Based in Susanville, CA

Working in Lassen and Modoc Counties (primarily)

These positions (2-3 positions available) will provide technical field assistance for a team of UC Cooperative Extension Advisors and UC Cooperative Extension Specialists (UC Davis) on multiple ongoing research projects in Lassen and Modoc counties, including:

*         Post-fire grazing management of intermountain rangelands. Evaluate post-fire grazing management and other associated land treatments on long-term effects on rangeland health.

*         Assessment of seeding and rangeland restoration practices in the intermountain and Great Basin regions of northeastern California. Evaluating effects of site characteristics, weather variables, and seeding methods on current plant community metrics and wildlife habitat values.

*         Assessing effectiveness of juniper control treatments and understanding site effects, treatment methods, and time-scale on subsequent habitat values for sage grouse and other sage brush affiliated species.


*         Conduct plant surveys, rangeland health monitoring protocols, and photo plots

*         Collect various types of data including GPS data

*         Enter data and perform data management

*         Work under close or infrequent supervision

Technical requirements

*         Completed or pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences, such as Range Management, Natural Resources Management, Agriculture, or a related subject

*         Course work in plant taxonomy or experience identifying plants in the field using a dichotomous key and/or ability to quickly learn native and invasive plants of the sampling area and associated natural resource issues

*         Familiarity with or ability to quickly learn vegetation sampling methods including line point intercept and nested frequency

*         Experience navigating and collecting coordinates with hand-held GPS units, performing basic functions with GIS software (ArcMap), and navigation using topographic maps to locate plot locations in remote rangeland settings

*         Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access)

Additional requirements

*         Ability to work in remote, harsh and rapidly changing environments, work in all types of weather conditions, traverse uneven terrain, carry upwards of 30 pounds in a backpack, and otherwise maintain good physical condition

*         Experience in and willingness to spend multiple days camping in the field

*         Provide personal camping equipment including but not limited to sleeping bag, tent, backpack, water bottle, hiking boots, utensils

*         Willingness to work irregular hours (e.g., early mornings, late nights)

*         Valid, state-issued driver’s license and clean driving record

*         Experience operating 4WD vehicles on paved and unpaved roads, often in narrow or rocky areas

*         Ability to operate an ATV over uneven rocky terrain

*         Ability to work productively as part of a team, as well as independently under general direction to accomplish team goals

*         Ability to communicate effectively with team members

*         Excellent organizational skills

Job Details

*         2-3 positions available

*         Position is based on an approximately 40 hour week with irregular work hours and schedule

*         Preferred starting date May 15 through August 19 (dates partially flexible)

*         This is an hourly paid internship ($12.86 – $17.86)

*         Possible shared summer housing available (~$180/month)

To Apply

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For questions please contact Laura Snell at<>

or David Lile at<>

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.