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Summer 2020 Field Technicians Posted Jan 06
Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University , Flagstaff, AZ
Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $14-17/hr

The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) is hiring field technicians and crew leaders for the 2020 summer field season. The ERI at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff is nationally recognized for mobilizing the unique assets of a university to help solve the problem of unnaturally severe wildfire and degraded forest health throughout the western US. The ERI collaborates with land management agencies, tribes and communities by providing comprehensive, focused studies, monitoring and research, and technical support. The mission of the ERI is to serve as an objective leader in research, scholarship, and education, and in collaborative efforts to plan and implement restoration treatments for frequent-fire forest and woodland landscapes of the West.

Technicians should understand ecological field data collection methods and have experience measuring forest attributes such as tree height and diameter, tree regeneration, shrub abundance, surface fuel loading, understory species cover, and floristics. Technicians are expected to know or quickly learn the flora of southwestern forests to maximize data collection quality and efficiency. Assistants will use diameter tapes, logger’s tapes, hypsometers, digital cameras, GPS units, sampling frames and hand-held computers. More experienced assistants may be asked to work with limited direct supervision, lead field crews, and ensure the efficient and safe collection of high-quality data.

Description: ERI crews work in a variety of forests in Arizona and the Four Corners area. Crews work 40 hours-per-week for the duration of the field season, which begins in early May and lasts through mid-August or later. Work consists of 10-hour days and trips may consist of 8 consecutive days in the field. Eight-day trips will require crews to camp. All positions require working in backcountry settings under potentially adverse weather conditions. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be able to frequently travel away from Flagstaff (up to 20 days per month including some weekends) for fieldwork. Research technicians should be able to carry up to 25 lbs of field equipment in addition to personal gear.

Desired Qualifications: Prior experience with forest tree and stand measurements, plant community measurements, and field plant identification (e.g., dichotomous keys), preferably in western forests. Experience with ecological restoration principles. Experience with field computers and electronic data collection. GPS and field navigational skills. Wilderness first aid or wilderness first responder training. Operation of 4WD vehicles. Preference will be given to candidates who have completed a plant identification or taxonomy class or that demonstrate strong plant identification skills. Ability to work with others of diverse backgrounds and cultural values is required.

Application Deadline

Positions will be filled as applications are received.

Start Date

May 11, 2020


$14-17/hr, depending on experience

Please email a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, a resume, and contact information for three references to