Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician Position – Penn State University

One (1) Vegetation Monitoring Field Technician Position Available in Coudersport, PA/Susquehannock State Forest with the Penn State University Deer Forest Study for Summer 2019.(

Dates: Monday, May 13th – Friday, August 9th, with possible extension through Friday, August 16th

Pay: Full time, 40hr/week appointment. Field Technicians – $11.50/hr.

Furnished housing and a vehicle for work-related travel are also provided for field crews.

Description: This position is part of a long-term vegetation research and monitoring project assessing the effects of white-tailed deer browsing and other factors on understory plant community composition and tree regeneration in central and northern Pennsylvania.


Technicians will work in teams of 4 and must be able to find, monument, and inventory permanent forest vegetation plots using GPS and other tools in central or northern Pennsylvania. Daily duties include navigation to remote parts of Pennsylvania state forest lands, hiking 2-4 miles, daily, with equipment, and collection of quality vegetation monitoring data, which includes the identification, size class, and abundance of more than 100 species of overstory and understory plants—with a field PC.

Key qualifications:

At least two years toward a natural resources baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by a course in plant ID, such as dendrology, and/or field experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver’s license.

Questions: Contact Michael Perkins at

Application deadline: Applications reviewed as received.

To apply, email a cover letter, résumé, transcripts (unofficial OK), and contact information for three references (at least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills) to:

Ms. Bobbi Joy Scovern, Administrative Support Assistant Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

419 Forest Resources Building

University Park, PA 16802