FOREST SURVEY RESEARCH ASSISTANT: Position with Stanford University PhD Student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. Research conducted in partnership with Pacific Northwest Research Station Forestry Sciences Laboratory out of southeast Alaska. Team of 4 will be based out of Sitka in between field stints on the outer coast, south of Glacier Bay National Park on Wilderness lands. Field work is based on extant study design and protocols, to be refined with project leader in field during initial week. Tasks, to be completed in teams of two, focus on ground based forest inventory: plot establishment, tree measurements, assessing canopy cover, tree coring, and understory data collection. Surveys will require individual work and responsibility, contributing to the full team. Record and compile data. Help with base camp logistics.
Qualifications: B.S. degree in Biology, environmental science or related field and/or current student with minimum of one year experience in similar work; valid driver’s license; education about scientific method, basic biology, and ecology; computer use. GIS skills, experience with plot establishment a plus, or knowledge of birds and insects all a plus. For students or graduates with more experience, there is potential to carve out additional projects for Master’s students in the future. Must have current First Aid & CPR. Good quirky humor preferred.
Applicant must be in good physical condition because position requires traipsing through forests without trails, sea kayaking to some sites, and dealing with inclement weather. Applicant should have backcountry experience and be comfortable with or willing to learn bear safe camping. Should be able to stumble around blueberry brush while also carrying field equipment (e.g., binoculars, field notebook, GPS, camera, radio tracking equipment, bear spray). Must have a positive attitude and work harmoniously with others and be meticulous in details of data collection and recording.
Position duration is 8 weeks starting between June 20-24. Expect long days. Due to limited weather window that permits field work, we will be working steadily throughout this time with rest days between 2 week trips.
Compensation: Food and tent covered in field, travel covered to Sitka and study sites. $2000-$4000 field assistant wage based upon experience. Plus, you will honestly get to work in one of the most beautiful, remote places in southeast Alaska (that is priceless).