Summer Field Forestry/Biology/Ecology Positions-Pennsylvania

Penn State University
State College, PA and Coudersport, PA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Crew leaders – $12.50/hr; Technicians – $11.50/hr. Housing provided
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
These positions are part of a long-term vegetation research and monitoring project assessing the effects of white-tailed deer browsing and other factors on understory plant community composition and tree regeneration in central and northern Pennsylvania. Technicians: Must be able to find, monument, and inventory permanent forest vegetation plots using GPS and other tools in central or northern Pennsylvania. Daily duties include navigation to remote parts of Pennsylvania state forest lands, hiking up to 2 miles with equipment, and collection of quality vegetation monitoring data—the identification, size class, and abundance of more than 100 species of overstory and understory plants—with a field PC. Crew Leaders: In addition to performing the duties described above, crew leaders must be able to successfully manage and lead a vegetation monitoring crew while they perform daily duties. This includes daily planning of plot visits, assessing access routes and equipment needs, and management/archiving of collected data. *Crew Leaders must be available beginning Wednesday, May 8th. *Positions may extend through Friday, August 16th. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and position are available until filled.
Technicians: At least two years toward a natural resources baccalaureate degree; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by a course in plant ID, such as dendrology, and/or field experience collecting vegetation data); ability to work independently and reliably without direct supervision in challenging field conditions; and possession of a valid driver’s license. Crew Leaders: Possession of a baccalaureate degree in natural resources or a related field; demonstrated plant identification skills (as evidenced by at least one year experience as field technician monitoring vegetation data); ability to supervise and manage field crews under difficult field conditions; possession of a valid driver’s license. Please send questions to Michael Perkins at To apply: Send a letter, résumé, transcripts, and contact information for three references (via email preferred) to Bobbi Joy Scovern ( At least one reference should be able to comment on your plant identification skills. In your letter, please indicate if you would like to be considered for a crew leader position.
Contact Person
Bobbi Joy Scovern
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