Townsend Lab at UW-Madison seeks Summer 2019 field assistants (travel required)

*Summer 2019 Forestry Field Assistants at NEON sites across the US*


Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison


Travel across the US

*Job Category*

Temporary/Seasonal Positions



$10-12/hr, DOE

*Start Date*


*Last Date to Apply*

Will accept applicants until positions are filled


FIELD ASSISTANTS are needed to collect foliar samples, measure net primary

production, and collect leaf spectral measurements using portable

spectroradiometers at National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) sites

across the US. A small team will travel for ~12-20 day periods (followed by

~5-7 day breaks) to *make field measurements following a rigorous travel

and field schedule* in order to be at each of the respective sites to

collect ground measurements where airborne imagery is being flown. The 2019

sites include locations in Kansas, the Great Basin, southern Arizona,

Wisconsin and Yellowstone.

The field season is approximately *May 12 – September 3. Each field stint

will start and end in Madison, WI. *Lodging and travel expenses during

field stints will be covered while away from Madison, WI, however, these

costs will not be covered during the 5-7 day breaks. While it is not

required that crew members remain in Madison during time off, the vehicle,

equipment and samples will return to Madison between each trip for

organization and resupply.

It is critical that team members are dedicated to precision field work

under a wide variety of terrain and weather conditions using highly

sensitive instruments, all while under the pressure of meeting a highly

demanding travel schedule. We can train the right candidates to use the

spectroradiometers, we are seeking a solid crew with proven field



*Must be a student enrolled during Fall 2019 (at any university). Current

student hourly employees at UW-Madison are encouraged to apply.* Preferred

applicants will be capable of maintaining a strong field work ethic and

positive attitude during harsh field conditions, work well independently

and with a team, and have strong attention to detail. A US driver’s license

and clean driving record are desirable.

Specific skills of interest:

·       Tree species ID

·       Care and use of field gear: GPS, spectroradiometers, etc.

·       Data entry: Excel and Word, primarily

*TO APPLY:* Applications will be reviewed as they are received until

positions are filled. Please contact Erin Wagner (ephokanson AT

if you have any questions. *Please follow the application instructions

carefully. *In the case of large applicant volume, only those applications

that follow instructions exactly will be considered.

To apply, please follow these requirements:

·       Send a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for 3

references (both phone AND email are required) as a single PDF to

ephokanson AT

·       *Please confirm in the email that 1) you will be enrolled in Fall

2019, 2) where you will be enrolled *(Note: you do NOT need to be enrolled

at UW-Madison to be eligible). However, please do highlight if you are a

current student and / or student hourly employee at UW-Madison.

·       Name the PDF (using your name) in this format: