Summer Field Research Opportunity in NW Montana

Summer Field Research Opportunity

The University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation is hiring full-time research technicians for summer 2021. The University of Montana is located in Missoula, Montana.

Description: These positions will assist a team of researchers and graduate students with fieldwork across the Inland Northwest, specifically on National Forests in Montana and Idaho. These positions will involve field measurements of research plots that are part of a large, long-term study of forest stand dynamics and modelling. Work will include basic tree measurements on varying terrain and in remote forested areas. This work will require the ability to navigate to and from measurement plots on and off forest roads. Multi-day overnight field stays may be required for some plot locations. This is a great opportunity to get research field experience!

Duration: Mid-May through Mid-August. The work schedule is generally four, ten-hour days per week, with flexible scheduling to accommodate travel and work in remote locations. Candidates must be flexible and willing to follow evolving COVID-19 policies and plans. We cannot accommodate pets in the field.

Pay: $13-$14 per hour depending on experience

Required Qualifications: A good attitude towards field work and field safety. Demonstrated knowledge of basic tree measurements and tree species identification. The ability to follow directions and complex protocols is a must. Must be able to navigate remote and sometimes challenging terrain in all possible weather conditions. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and the ability to operate 4×4 vehicles in a safe and professional manner. Comfort with outdoor sleeping accommodations in varying weather conditions. Comfort with remote work where cell service and internet accommodations may be spotty to non-existent. Maintaining organization and attention to detail while collecting field data is a must. Candidates must be comfortable working alone and in a team of technicians with different backgrounds. Knowledge of basic first aid is also important.

Desired Qualifications: Western tree identification skills and quality field data collection experience. Experience with forest measurement tools such as logger’s tape, clinometer, and laser rangefinders. Ability to use Map and Compass or GPS to navigate through the woods. Previous outdoor work experience will be taken into great consideration. Wilderness first aid/EMT or other applicable certifications.

Apply: We are committed to creating an environment that is safe, respectful, and inclusive to all. Please submit a single PDF file containing:

1.      Cover letter detailing your qualifications and why you would like to join our team, and which
should include your availability and planned mid-summer absences.
2.      Resume and 3 References (phone number and email for each)
3.      Applicant’s email address and phone number

to and/or with “Job Application” in the subject.

Application deadline: March 12th. We will review applications as received and aim to make hiring decisions by March 31st.