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Summer Field Crew – Forest Dynamics in the Pacific Northwest

by Ivara J. Roth on March 13, 2019

We are hiring a crew of three to work on a long-term study of tree growth and mortality in mature and old-growth forests of Oregon and Washington.  This research is part of the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program (  Our objective is to understand the long-term patterns and mechanisms of forest dynamics across a diversity of forest types in the mountains of the Northwest.  We seek individuals who are interested in ecological research, are detail-oriented, enjoy working outdoors as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others.

Field season begins June 17, 2019 and wraps up by September 6, 2019.  Field crew members will (a) navigate off-trail in steep, brushy terrain to relocate permanent plots using topographic maps, compass and GPS; (b) identify tree species; (c) tag, measure and map trees; (d) assess and document symptoms and causes of tree mortality; and (e) record and check data for completeness and clarity. Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest ( near Blue River, OR, where housing is provided at no cost.  Some camping will be necessary for sites located in Washington.

Minimum qualifications: (1) enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or related field (or equivalent combination of training and experience); (2) experience or training in forest inventory methods and measurements; (3) experience navigating mountainous terrain using compass, map and GPS; (4) demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

Preferred qualifications: (1) experience or training in identifying the symptoms and causes of tree mortality; (2) familiarity with the woody plants of the Cascade Mountains or proven ability to learn them quickly; (3) prior experience conducting field work and collecting data for research; (4) first-aid or wilderness first-aid training; (5) a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary:  $13-$15/hour

Duration:  June 17 to September 6, 2019

For full consideration, apply here by March 20, 2019 (closing date is March 31, 2019)

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