Job Announcement: Forest Ecology Field Technician Positions in the southern Sierra Nevada

Job Description:

We are hiring 10 to 14 field technicians to work at the Teakettle Experimental Forest for the summer of 2020. Teakettle is a 1300 ha old-growth, mixed-conifer forest 80 km east of Fresno, CA in the southern Sierra Nevada. This summer we will be collecting pretreatment data for a watershed wide prescribed burn experiment. We will be hiring 8 to 10 technicians to work on a forestry crew and 2 to 4 technicians to work on a botany crew.  The forestry crew will be tasked with establishing experimental plots, mapping forest structure using a surveyor’s total station, basic tree measurements and conducting fuels transect surveys. The botany crew will be tasked with understory vegetation surveys in both the untreated watershed and treated plots.  Additionally, both crews will assist visiting scientists with their projects as needed. These projects may include: basic soils work (coring, soil moisture, etc.), seedling inventories, and tree coring. Desired skills include plant identification, use of a total station, basic knowledge of tree measurements, and previous experience working as a crewmember. The facilities at Teakettle are rustic due to the remote location of the station. The cabin has solar power, bathrooms, a kitchen and common space; individuals will spend the summer sleeping in tents. The nearest town for supplies is Shaver Lake, CA, approximately a 1-hour drive from the field station.

The pay rate is $15/hr and crew members will work four 10 hour days each week. The field season will run 12 weeks from the middle of June to the first week of September. The official start date will be determined in late April.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants who have spent at least one season working on a field crew or have experience working in a remote field location. Preference will also be given to applicants who have prior experience with plant identification, basic tree measurements (i.e. DBH), line-intercept sampling or using a total station.

How to Apply:

To apply, you will need to submit an application through the University of New Mexico’s Job Portal. First, go to UNM Jobs ( and select “Search for a Job”. In the search bar, search “req11587” or “Field Research Tech/Life Sci”. Once the listing has appeared, select “Apply Now”. In your cover letter, please specify whether you have a preference to work on the forestry crew or botany crew. Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2020. The application will close after all positions have been filled.

**Please note that a New Mexico Driver’s License IS NOT REQUIRED for this position**

Contact Information:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact Marissa Goodwin at

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