2023 Fire Research Field Assistants

2023 Fire Research Field Assistants (2)*

*Assist with field data collection for Cal Poly Humboldt Wildland Fire Lab

on fire effects and fuels management*

We are looking for two motivated and curious field assistants to assist the

Cal Poly Humboldt Wildland Fire Lab on a research project investigating

fuel dynamics following prescribed fire in the Klamath Mountains. Field

research will entail navigating to plots, collecting a variety of tree and

post-fire measurements, and other tasks. Assistants should be able to hike

short to moderate distances across uneven and steep terrain, tolerate

hot/humid weather conditions, and be willing to tent camp for up to four

days at a time. A rental vehicle will be available for work-related travel.

These positions will be based out of Arcata, CA, with overnight camping in

the Klamath Mountains occurring Monday-Thursday during the field season. We

will provide training for specific data collection methods, though

experience taking standard forest, fuels, and vegetation measurements is


*Salary and Duration*

$16-$18 per hour (depending on experience) for ~12 weeks (mid-May-

mid-August), possibility for extending part-time work into the fall.

*Location*: Arcata, CA

*Required Qualifications*

Strong candidates for the position will have the following:

  • Valid driver’s license and ability to complete defensive driver training
  • Current student or recent graduate from forestry, fire or related field
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale
  • Previous coursework in Forestry, Fire Management, Ecology, Botany or a

related field

  • Ability to navigate using maps and GPS
  • Prior field work experience outside of the classroom (volunteer or paid)
  • Research interest and field experience in forestry, ecology, or related


  • Positive attitude and ability to work well with others in remote field

sites for extended periods

*Preferred Qualifications*

  • Wilderness First Aid or other related medical training
  • Experience and knowledge regarding safe driving practices in remote,

mountainous areas

  • Prior experience identifying shrub and tree species in the Klamath


  • Previous camping experience


To apply, send (as a PDF or Word Document): 1) a resume (including GPA

and complete contact information); 2) a brief letter of interest (clearly

state relevant education, experience, and interest in the position); 3)

unofficial transcripts, and 4) the names and contact information of three

references in one email to both Jeff Kane (jkane@humboldt.edu*) *and Kaily

Fineran (kmf675@humboldt.edu). *Applications are due by January 22nd.


applications may not be considered.