Job: Seasonal Field techs – western Montana

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The University of Montana Forest Ecology lab
( is hiring field technicians for summer of 2016. Work will occur throughout western Montana in managed and natural forests—primarily on the Kootenai and Flathead National Forests. The position will include a 20-25 day remote backcountry trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Technicians will be working on various research projects looking at forest stand structure and development; wildlife species response to management; and effects of forest stand structure on snow dynamics. Duties will involve plot installation, (re)measurement of forest overstory and understory, assessment of snowshoe hare abundance, tree mortality surveys, and fuels transects in a variety of forests. The crew will work with investigators from the University of Montana and the Wilderness Society.

Duration: Late May through August, with potential to work into September and October. The non-wilderness schedule is four, ten-hour days per week.

Salary: $8.50 to $15.00 per hour depending on experience. Housing is not provided.

Qualifications: Previous experience collecting vegetation/wildlife data, working effectively and safely as a team in challenging environments, and following complex data collection protocols is required. Good physical condition with backcountry experience is required and critical for success in this position. Candidates should be able to demonstrate problem solving skills and be able to work independently or in small groups. Work will include moving through rough terrain with heavy gear. Applicants with Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification are preferred.

Apply: To apply assemble into a single PDF file and email to : (1) a one-page cover letter describing your reason for applying, specific dates of availability including any potential mid-summer absences, your qualifications and any relevant coursework; (2) a resume or CV no longer than 2 pages; (3) contact information (name, phone, and email) for at least two references with firsthand knowledge of your work experience (no need to send letters). Hiring preference will be give to applications received by March 1, 2016. Hiring decisions will be made by the end of March. Exceptional candidates will be selected earlier.

For more information please contact Eryn Schneider
( or David Wright ( )


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