Summer Field Opportunities in Plant Ecology and Restoration College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana ~ Bioblogia.net

20 de abril de 2012

Summer Field Opportunities in Plant Ecology and Restoration College of Forestry and Conservation, University of Montana


The University of Montana’s Forest Ecology Lab
(http://www.cfc.umt.edu/forestecology/) and Restoration Ecology Lab
(www.cfc.umt.edu/nelsonrestorationlab/) seek to hire a crew co-lead and
field research technicians to assist with several ecology studies during
summer 2012. The crew co-lead will be directly responsible for gathering
spatial and structural forestry data with a 2-3 person crew. In addition the
crew co-lead will coordinate efficient work schedules with the other co-lead
ensuring data on forest spatial patterns and forest overstory structure is
gathered in a timely fashion. Co-leads and assistants will work in teams,
collecting data on overstory and understory vegetation as well as
environmental conditions. Overnight travel and camping will be required.
Field vehicles will be provided.

For summer 2012, we will be hiring for the following projects:

•       Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of Treatments to Restore Whitebark Pine in
the Inland Northwest (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) —A three-four person
team will collect data on whitebark pine growth, cone production, and
survival after restoration treatments.  Data on key understory plants will
also be collected.  Study sites will be located across the inland Northwest
and will require extended periods in the field.

•       Efficacy and Ecological Impacts of Restoration Treatments in the Southwest
Crown of the Continent (Montana) –Three crews of two-four people will
collect data on 1) understory plant abundance and fitness (growth, survival,
and reproduction), 2) overstory structure and spatial patterns, 3) surface
fuels, and 4) soils.  This project is part of the Southwest Crown of the
Continent Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program
(http://www.swcrown.org/).

Qualifications:  Positions are best suited to individuals that: have or are
working toward a degree in ecology or a related field; have previous
experience sampling vegetation; and are familiar with flora of the interior
Northwest.  Candidates should have a high aptitude for following complex
data-collection protocols, solving problems with minimal supervision, and
working both independently and in teams of two or three.  Candidates must
have the patience to move through rough terrain with delicate and expensive
equipment, be in good physical condition and be able to work long hours in
adverse weather.

Salary:  $11.00 - $14.00/hr, depending upon experience.

Duration and schedule:  Positions will start in June and last through
mid‐August or mid-September 2012.  The work schedule will vary by project,
but in general will either be four or eight consecutive 10-hr days, followed
by three or six days off, respectively.

Application process:  Application review will be on a rolling basis until
all positions are filled.  To apply, please assemble the following into a
single PDF and email to ashley.juran@cfc.umt.edu: 1) a one-page cover letter
describing a) your interests and qualifications for one or more of the
positions described above, b) your dates of availability; 2) a resume or CV;
3) copies of either college transcripts (unofficial copies are acceptable)
or professional work products; and 4) contact information for two references
with firsthand knowledge of your work experience and aptitude (please do not
send letters of reference).

For more information, please contact Ashley Juran (ashley.juran@cfc.umt.edu).

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