Sierra Nevada Forest Ecology Crew Lead & Technicians – Summer 2019

Subject: Sierra Nevada Forest Ecology Crew Lead & Technicians – Summer 2019

The Bisbing Forest Ecology & Silviculture Lab at UNR ( is hiring two crew leads and five field technicians to sample at sites across the Sierra Nevada in summer 2019. Technicians will collect data to support silviculture and climate change adaptation research. Duties will include, but are not limited to, mapping forest composition and structure, collecting basic forest ecology and health data, surveying understory plant communities, and sampling fuels transects. Additional responsibilities may include data entry and data quality control.

Preferred candidates will have previous experience working in the field, Sierra Nevada plant identification skills, knowledge of tree measurements and forest ecosystem sampling, and the ability to work well with others for long hours under strenuous field conditions. Technicians should be capable of hiking long distances with a heavy pack, have the ability to work under inclement weather conditions, and be able to work collegially as part of a research team. Crew leads should have at least one summer of field technician experience. All crew members must have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable driving a 4wd truck. Field work will involve driving on backcountry dirt roads and hiking and navigating off-trail.

The field season will run for 12 consecutive weeks from late May or early June (dependent upon snowpack) through the end of August. Pay is $15/hour for the crew lead and $12/hr for technician positions. Housing on-site is provided as is a field vehicle for on-site work.

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to: Dr. Sarah Bisbing at by February 1, 2019.