Forest ecology and botany seasonal field crew positions in the Sierra Nevada (UC Davis)


Seasonal forest ecology and botany field crew leaders and members with the lab of Dr. Hugh Safford


University of California, Davis


Multiple duty stations in the Sierra Nevada, California


Application deadline: February 26, 2020

Start date: Mid-May to early June, 2020

End date: mid-October to early November, 2020


$17 (crew member) to $20 (crew lead) per hour, plus options for health insurance


Up to five field crews (one crew leader and one to two crew members per crew) are needed to collect ecological data related to forests, vegetation, and wildfire in support of research and monitoring on public lands. The crews will conduct field sampling primarily related to vegetation (e.g. forest stand structure, tree mortality, plant species composition, vegetation regeneration), but also related to forest fuels, soils, hydrology, forest insects and disease, and other ecological parameters. One person per crew will be hired primarily as a botanist, but the botanist will be trained in and participate in all sampling methods in addition to plant identification. The crew leaders will each supervise a field crew and will be responsible for equipment and data management throughout the season. US Forest Service ecologists and UC Davis researchers from the lab of Dr. Hugh Safford will supervise the field crews but will only occasionally accompany the crews during field sampling. The data will be collected to support long-term monitoring, original scientific research, and evaluation of forest management activities and needs. Work will be located in the Sierra Nevada of California, primarily on national forest lands but with some possible work in national parks or other ownerships.

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