Summer field jobs in old-growth forests of the West

The Western Forest Initiative is hiring three field staff for the Summer of 2021.

These positions will involve examining long-term forest research plots for growth, mortality and recruitment, mapping down woody debris, and undertaking ancillary tasks such as fuel measurements, seedling surveys, soil and leaf collection, and dendrometer measurements. Work will begin in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot (Yosemite National Park) and continue to the Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot (Gifford Pinchot National Forest), and end in the Utah Forest Dynamics Plot (Cedar Breaks National Monument). We seek three field crew members to join our field lead, PhD students, and team of scientists.

DURATION: Mid-May through mid-August. The work schedule is four, ten-hour days per week. Because we donÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)t work under inclement conditions, and because covid-19 will probably still be an issue somehow, the crew needs to be flexible. We have a robust, but not terribly onerous, covid-19 plan that worked well for us in the summer of 2020. You have to agree to follow our plan for this job.

PAY: $13.50 per hour. We provide campground and field station accommodations (camping at Yosemite and Cedar Breaks, field station at Wind River, we provide all group cooking gear). We reimburse actual gas expenses (with receipts) for travel between the crewÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s residences and each of the field sites.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must demonstrate previous experience taking vegetation data for research purposes, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex protocols. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to solve problems, and to work both independently and in teams of two or three. Work will involve moving through sometimes rough terrain carrying delicate and expensive equipment, as well as carrying up to 10 kg of additional gear. Knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects is helpful, as is solid experience with outdoor living. Applicants must have a valid driverÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)s license, good driving history (no recent DUI or reckless driving), and a Wilderness First Aid certification valid for the season (Wilderness First Responder preferred; urban first aid/CPR not enough).

APPLY: Please assemble the following into a single PDF file and email it to 1) a one-page cover letter describing your reasons for applying, specific dates of availability including any planned mid-summer absences, or a statement that you plan none (we wonÃf¢ÒÂEURÃ’Â(tm)t consider applications without availability information), and confirmation of your first aid certification, 2) a resume, no longer than two pages, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) names, phone numbers and email addresses of three references.

Deadline: January 31, 2021. We are reviewing applications now. We try to make staffing decisions by the end of February.  Additional information and background at:,, and Each of the research plots also has a Facebook page with general photos of the work sites and activities.