Field job opportunity: Forest fire refugia in the Pacific Northwest

The Landscape Fire and Conservation Science Research Group (LCRSG) at Oregon State University is recruiting 2-3 field research technicians to assist with field data collection on fire effects in old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest during summer 2019.

Recent large wildfires have affected forest habitats that are important for Northern Spotted Owls and other vulnerable species.  This research project is quantifying the probability of fire refugia (locations that are relatively protected from fire) and high-severity fire across the area encompassed by the Northwest Forest Plan.  Please see additional details online:

This is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in forest ecology, fire ecology, and forest mensuration.  Technicians will be involved in data collection on tree mortality and survival, fire effects, and post-fire vegetation responses.  We are particularly seeking individuals with expertise in forest inventory and plant identification, ideally in post-fire environments in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California.  This position is well-suited for those who enjoy working outside in forested mountainous terrain.

Position details:

• Location: Corvallis, Oregon with travel to National Forests in OR, WA, and northern CA

• Duration: 2 months between July and October, start and end dates flexible for optimal crew

• Work environment: Technician are required to work outdoors in all weather conditions and navigate steep, rugged, uneven terrain with dense vegetation while carrying up to 40 lbs.

For more information and to submit an application, please follow this link: For full consideration, please apply by March 22, 2019. After this date, we will continue to accept applications until all positions have been filled. Questions can be directed to Garrett Meigs (garrett [dot] meigs [at] or Meg Krawchuk (meg [dot] krawchuk [at]

The LCRSG focuses on research in landscape ecology, biogeography, and conservation at scales ranging from local to global, with the specific aim of addressing the causes and consequences of ecological disturbances.  More information on our group can be found online: