Position Title: Seasonal Field Crew Member in Forest, Vegetation, and Fire Ecology
Location: University of California, Santa Barbara and US Forest Service
Application deadline: March 8, 2019
Start date: April 1st 2019
End date: Mid-August, TBD
$15.46 to $17.93 per hour depending on experience, plus benefits
Send a cover letter, CV/resume, and three references (including name, organization, phone, email, and
relationship to you) to Nicole Molinari at email@example.com and Robert Fitch at firstname.lastname@example.org,
no later than March 8, 2019. Please combine all application materials into one document for submission.
A seasonal field crew member is needed to conduct native and non-native vegetation inventory and
monitoring projects in support of ecological research on public lands in Southern California (primarily
the Cleveland, San Bernardino, Angeles and Los Padres National Forests). The purpose is to provide site
characteristics and quantitative surveys of the vegetation in these fire prone ecosystems in order to
inform restoration strategies. Specific attention will be paid to degraded contingency lines and staging
areas used during wildfire suppression that are readily invaded by non-native plant species. The field
crew member will complete vegetation surveys, collect seed, and propagate plants in a greenhouse.
Additionally, the crew member will maintain field equipment and be responsible for data management
throughout the season. US Forest Service ecologists and UC Santa Barbara research staff/faculty will
supervise the field crew member.
The crew member is primarily responsible for conducting field surveys related to vegetation, fuels, soils,
physiological status of plants, and other ecological parameters. The crew member will also collect seed
as well as propagate and maintain plants in a greenhouse. The crew member will assist in ensuring that
field equipment and data are managed properly. Data entry and summarization will be required.
Experience with the southern California flora is required, native and non-native species.
The duty station will be in Goleta, CA. Field methods, equipment, and safety training will be provided.
Housing will not be provided. Occasionally, the crew may be required to car camp with campsites paid
for by the employer for multi-day overnight stays. These “dispersed” campsites lack running water and
restrooms. Campsites will change periodically depending on duration of work at each site. When
available, and as needed, USFS operated bunkhouses will be provided to the crew. The crew will be
provided with a vehicle, but crew members are responsible for their own transportation to and from the
duty station (Goleta, CA).
Upper division college level coursework or equivalent experience in ecology, forestry, range
science, or related natural science field
Experience in identifying trees, shrubs and herbs
Experience in vegetation sampling techniques
Experience with Microsoft Excel for data entry and processing
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in ecology, forestry, range science, or related natural
Excellent organizational skills for data and equipment management
Experience with standard conifer forest vegetation data collection methods
Ability to identify California plants to the species level using a dichotomous key
Familiarity with ecophysiological techniques (e.g. xylem pressure potential, live fuel moisture)
Experience working with complex data recording equipment
Experience in use of map, compass, and GPS units for location and travel
CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified (certification may be accomplished after job offer is made,
with registration cost paid by the employer)
Experience with backcountry camping
Ability to maintain a positive attitude in physically demanding and/or uncomfortable conditions
Enthusiasm for the type of work to be conducted
Valid driver’s license
Experience operating a vehicle on rough roads
Must be in good physical condition
Ability to hike 5+ miles per day with a heavy pack through difficult and steep terrain often
without trails and often in areas burned by wildfire
Willingness and ability to work in rugged/remote conditions, possibly with overnight stays away
Ability to work in extremely hot and dry as well as cold and wet conditions
Must have legible penmanship for recording data in the field
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