The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ is hiring seasonal technicians for summer 2015 to assist with field research on forest restoration and ecosystem health projects. The ERI is nationally recognized for mobilizing the unique assets of a university to help solve the problem of unnaturally severe wildfire and
degraded forest health throughout the American West. The ERI collaborates with land management agencies and communities by providing comprehensive focused studies, monitoring and evaluation research, and technical support.
The mission of ERI is to serve as an objective leader in research, scholarship, education, and collaborative efforts to plan and implement restoration treatments for frequent-fire forest and woodland landscapes of the West.

Seasonal research technicians will utilize a variety of methods to measure forest attributes such as tree height, diameter, and condition class; tree regeneration; shrub abundance; and surface fuels. Technicians must be familiar with use of diameter tapes, loggers’ tapes, hypsometers or clinometers, and field computers. Prior experience in standard forestry
measurements and field data collection is necessary. In addition, prior experience in plant community measurements and southwestern plant identification is preferred.

This is a full-time, 40-hour per week position expected to begin mid-May and carry through late August. Work periods consist of four to eight consecutive 10-hour days depending on location, followed by three to six days off. Seasonal research technicians will be working in the high elevation coniferous forests of Arizona and possibly other locations and ecosystems. Technicians may be required to work in remote backcountry settings under potentially adverse weather conditions. These may be rugged environments with elevations ranging from 5,000-9,500 feet. Research technicians must be able to carry field equipment up to 25 lbs., in addition to personal gear. Technicians must be prepared to work and camp for up to eight consecutive days. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and be able to frequently travel away from Flagstaff (up to 20 days per month) for fieldwork. Must be able to work with diverse groups of people.

$12-14.00/hr., depending on position and experience. Subject to funding.
Application Deadline
Open until filled. Will begin reviewing applications March 2, 2015.
How to Apply
Please email resume and cover letter to
Walker Chancellor, Ecological Restoration Institute, Northern Arizona University, P.O. Box 15017, Flagstaff, AZ 86011; (928) 523-7284