Summer Field Crew – Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest – Summer 2018

Overview: A crew leader and two 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 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 very steep terrain to relocate permanent plots using topographic maps and GPS; (b) identify tree species; (c) tag, measure and map trees; (d) assess and document tree mortality; and (e) 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 at no cost.  Some camping will also be necessary for sites located in Washington. Work begins June 18, 2018 and wraps up by September 14, 2018.  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.
– Ability to follow complex data collection procedures.
– Experience or training in forest inventory methods and measurements.
– Experience navigating mountainous terrain using compass, map and GPS.
– Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

Preferred qualifications:
– Experience or training in identifying the symptoms and causes of tree mortality.
– Field experience identifying plant species and using taxonomic keys.
– Familiarity with the woody plants of the Cascade Mountains or proven ability to learn them quickly.
– Prior experience conducting field work and collecting data for research.
– First-aid or wilderness first-aid training.
– A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary: $14-$16/hour, depending on qualifications and experience
Duration:  June 18 to September 14, 2018 Application closing date:  March 11, 2018

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 P03241SE
– Non-students: or go to and search for posting P01378CT
– FMI: Rob Pabst, Dept of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University (