Hiring Summer Field Technicians in Western Old-Growth Forests


The Western Forest Initiative (WFI) seeks 4 field crew members to join our team of graduate students and scientists. These positions involve examining old growth forests for growth, mortality and recruitment, mapping down woody debris, measuring fuels, and surveying seedlings and herbaceous plants. Work begins in the Yosemite Forest Dynamics Plot (Yosemite National Park, California), continues to Wind River Forest Dynamics Plot (Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Washington), and finishes in the Utah Forest Dynamics Plot (Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah). Two lab trucks will carry gear and any technicians who do not have or do not want to bring a personal vehicle.


mid May through mid August 2023

The work schedule is four, ten hour days per week.


$16.50 per hour.

We provide campground and field station accommodations (camping at Yosemite and Cedar Breaks, field station in Wind River), and we provide work food and all group cooking gear.


Knowledge of western flora, tree pathogens, and forest insects is helpful, as is solid experience with outdoor living. Candidates may have experience taking vegetation data, working safely in challenging environments, and following complex protocols. Work will involve moving through sometimes rough terrain and carrying up to 20 lbs of additional gear. Must have a valid drivers license (no recent DUI or reckless driving).


Please assemble the following into a single PDF file and send to soren.struckman@usu.edu with the subject line “WFI 2023 Job Application”

1) one page cover letter describing your reasons for applying and specific dates of availability including any planned mid summer absences, or a statement that you plan none. Your stated first available day should be the day you can be in Yosemite National Park.

2) one or two page resume.

3) unofficial transcripts.

4) names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references.

*applications will be reviewed as they are received, but no later than 10 February 2023