FILLED: Summer Field Assistant, Montana, USA

Search opens: 4-1-2013 until filled - CLOSED

Job Title: Field Assistant

Opportunity location: Montana

Job Description:

We are looking for a field technician to participate in a study of fire history and forest ecology of mixed severity fire regime forests. The field assistant will work as part of a team of scientists to collect dendroecological and stand structure data from sites in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Northern Continental Divide (Glacier National Park & surrounding areas).

Data collection will involve the use of increment borers to extract tree cores, handsaws and/or chainsaws to sample fire scars, and basic forest survey techniques to sample stand structure. Field work will involve substantial off trail hiking in mountainous terrain. Long periods of camping will be required. Candidates having completed basic coursework in ecology and with prior field work and/or research experience will be given priority. Candidates with Work Study are desirable, but this is not a requirement.


Successful applicants will possess some or all of the following characteristics:

  1. Good physical fitness and the ability to hike off trail in steep terrain.
  2. The ability to work in a team environment.
  3. Attentiveness to detail.
  4. Previous field experience.
  5. Possess their own basic camping and field gear equipment.
  6. Familiarity with the flora & basic forest ecology of the Northern Rockies.
  7. Basic orienteering and map reading skills.
  8. Posses a valid drivers license and have the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

Salary: $2,500

Duration: June-early August

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

TO APPLY: please send a short cover letter, two letters of recommendation (with appropriate contact info), and a resume to: