The Schoodic Institute located at Acadia National Park is recruiting 3 seasonal Forest Monitoring Technicians to be a part of a 4 person field crew that will be collecting forest health data in 16 National Parks throughout the Eastern US for the NPS-Northeast Temperate Network and NPS-Mid-Atlantic Network.
Job Title: Forestry Monitoring Technician
Job Type: full-time, temporary position
Organization: Schoodic Institute
Location: Bar Harbor, ME (Field Station first 9 weeks), and Fredericksburg, VA (Field Station second 9 weeks)
Open Period: February 6-12, 2019
Vacancies: 3 crew members
Duration: 18 weeks mid May to September (exact dates TBD)
Incumbents will sample permanent forest monitoring plots collecting data on forest health, structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. The crew will work in 16 park sites from Virginia to Maine, starting with a week of training in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. The first 4 weeks of the season will be spent sampling National Historic Parks in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. The crew will then spend approximately 5 weeks sampling in Acadia National Park, and 8 weeks working in Mid-Atlantic parks located in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, and data entry.
This is largely a field based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), hike though rough terrain, learn and identify plants common to eastern forests, and work in all weather conditions. Incumbent may be exposed to deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, biting insects, poison ivy and dense brush.
For more information and to apply, please view the announcement on the Schoodic Institute website:
- Experience conducting field work in difficult conditions (e.g., harsh terrain, high heat/humidity, and biting insects)
- Experience with plant identification, including ability to identify eastern trees, shrubs and
common herbaceous species
- Must have a valid driver's license and be willing to drive NPS-provided vehicles throughout the season.
- Must be a US Citizen
- Upon selection, applicants will be subjected to a federal background investigation and must receive favorable adjudication to be hired.