Seasonal Field Crew Position with USFS/UCSB

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

To Apply:
Send a cover letter, CV/resume, and three references (including name, organization, phone, email, and
relationship to you) to Nicole Molinari at and Robert Fitch at,
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.

Job Description:
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).

Minimum qualifications:
 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

Preferred qualifications:
 Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in ecology, forestry, range science, or related natural
science field
 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
Physical Demands:
 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
from vehicles.
 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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