U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station

Summer jobs – Forest and Fire Ecology/ Forestry/ Botany Research

The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station will be filling six temporary positions for the summer of 2016 (approximately late May/early June through late August to mid-September – start and end dates somewhat flexible) to assist with forestry and forest ecology research. The duty station for the positions will be Pinecrest, California, 35 miles east of Sonora in the central Sierra Nevada. Crew members will be hired at the GS-4 level ($13.84/hour) and the GS-5 level ($15.49/hour) based on education and experience.

Job description: Successful applicants will assist with forestry and forest ecology/fire ecology-related research projects in the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest. The primary focus during the summer of 2016 will be to evaluate the effects of recently completed thinning and prescribed burning treatments designed to restore the complexity and diversity once found in these forests. Duties will include collecting data on understory vegetation, fuels, and canopy conditions, as well as basic forest and fire severity inventory using compass, prism, diameter tapes, laser rangefinders and other tools. This will be the second complete monitoring of how treatments affected forest understory species. Applicants with a strong interest and background in botany, ecology or forestry for the positions are desired.

The Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest is in a spectacular location just west of the Emigrant Wilderness and north of Yosemite National Park. These jobs are an excellent opportunity for students or recent college graduates interested in gaining field experience. Employees are paid for federal holidays and accrue vacation time (4 hours per two week pay period). Housing may be an option and transportation from housing to work locations will be provided.

o GS-4: some undergraduate coursework in forestry, ecology, botany, natural resources, biology or a related field specifically relating to the position; GS-5: Bachelor’s degree, or one year experience at the GS-4 level.

o Ability to identify forest trees and understory plants to species is desired, but training will be provided for those not familiar with the local flora

o Must be physically fit and capable of hiking long distances over difficult terrain

o Enjoys being outdoors; can deal with inclement weather and a few bugs

o Valid driver’s license

o Capable of living and working closely together with others

If you are interested in receiving a copy of the vacancy announcement for this position … complete the attached Outreach Notice Response Form and return it to Bob Carlson ([email protected]), Pacific Southwest Research Station, 3644 Avtech Parkway, Redding, CA 96002, or call (530-226-2533) no later than February 10, 2016.

Outreach Notice Response Form


Fire and Fuels Program

Biological Science Technician (Plants), GS-0404-04 or GS-0404-05

Pinecrest, CA

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this form and send it by e-mail to Bob Carlson at [email protected]

Please respond no later than FEBRUARY 10, 2016.