Teton Research Institute: Fire History Technician
Location: Jackson, Wyoming
Begins: May 26, 2015
Ends: July 17, 2015
The Teton Research Institute of Teton Science Schools is seeking a field tech to work with a field team in collecting fire history and stand structure data including tree cores, fire scar samples, and forest structure data. This research seeks to better understand historical wildfire occurrence and forest vegetation dynamics in low-elevation Douglas fir forests in the Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest.
We are seeking a field tech with experience in forest-related field work and in collection of tree cores, fire scars, and forest structure data. Experience extracting fire scars using both a hand saw and chain saw as well as knowledge of the Jackson Hole and Grand Teton areas will be viewed favorably. The field tech should be confident navigating and travelling in rough, off-trail terrain and comfortable working in inclement weather and grizzly bear habitat. We are seeking an individual with excellent organizational and leadership skills who is passionate about forest and fire research. Low-cost employee housing may be provided depending on availability.
Specific duties include:
- Implementing daily travel and sampling plans
- Collecting high quality field data in remote locations and variable weather conditions
- Driving to and from field sites (vehicle provided)
- Upkeep and cleaning of field sampling tools
- Daily sampling of tree cores, fire scars, and forest structure data
- Adherence to risk management protocols
- BS in ecology, forestry, natural resource management or related field
- Willingness to work early mornings and long hours during untraditional work weeks
- Excellent communication and leadership skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Wilderness First Aid certified (required); must be completed prior to start date
- Experience taking tree cores and fire scars desired, but not necessary
Teton Science Schools’ Teton Research Institute was formed in response to the growing need in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for responsible conservation and land stewardship. In our work, we seek a reasonable balance between wildlife and people to develop resource management strategies and research models that other western communities can follow. For more information, visit Teton Research Institute's website.
Teton Science Schools is an equal opportunity employer with a drug-free and smoke-free workplace. Successful applicant(s) will be required to pass a background check, driving check and drug screening.
Complete the online application. Please be sure to attach resume and cover letter to the application.