Summer Field Crew – Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest (Summer 2017)

Overview: A crew leader and three crew positions are available this summer to collect data for the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program (, one of the longest-running research projects of its kind in the world. Our objective is to understand the patterns and mechanisms of long-term forest dynamics. The field crew will take measurements on trees and understory vegetation across a diversity of forest types in Oregon and Washington. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, able to follow complex data-collection procedures, have legible handwriting, enjoy working as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others.

Duties: Field crew members will (a) navigate to permanent plots using topographic maps and GPS; (b) identify herbaceous and woody plants to species; (c) estimate percent cover of plants; (d) measure tree diameters and heights; (e) tag, measure and map tree regeneration; (f) document tree mortality; and (g) record and check data for completeness and clarity.

Logistics:  Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest near Blue River, Oregon, where housing is provided. Some camping will also be necessary for sites located in Washington. Positions will last 13-15 weeks starting June 19, 2017. Applicants with previous experience may perform lead work.

Minimum qualifications:

– Enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, botany, natural resources, environmental science or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

– Experience collecting forest inventory data and navigating off-trail using compass, map and GPS.

– Skilled in plant identification.

– Able to work productively for long hours in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions.

– Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

– Organized, self-motivated and detail oriented.

Preferred qualifications:

– Field experience identifying herbaceous and woody plant species and using taxonomic keys.

– Strong familiarity with the flora of the Cascade Mountains or the proven ability to quickly learn plants.

– Familiarity with basic vegetation measurement tools and methods.

– Knowledge of and experience in identifying causes of tree mortality.

– First-aid training.

– A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary:   $14-$16/hour, depending on qualifications and experience

Job duration:  June 19, 2017 to mid- or late-September (13-15 weeks)

Application closing date:  Sunday, March 5, 2017

Application process depends on student status.  You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall.

– Students: or go to and search for posting P01730SE.

– Non-students: or go to and search for posting P00763CT

– To apply, create account, click on “Apply for this Job,” and follow the instructions.

– FMI: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University (<>)