Summer Job Opps Forest Dynamics in the Pacific Northwest

Friday, March 10, 2023

Overview: We are hiring one (1) crew leader and three (3) crew members to work on a long-term study of tree growth and mortality in mature and old-growth forests of Oregon and Washington. This research is part of the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program ( The project objective is to understand the long-term patterns and mechanisms of undisturbed forest dynamics across a diversity of forest types. Employee(s) will learn about forest succession, forest dynamics, and tree mortality in mature and old-growth forests of the Cascade Mountains and Coast Range.

Duties: Field crew members will (a) navigate off-trail in steep, brushy terrain to relocate permanent plots using topographic maps, compass and GPS; (b) identify tree, shrub, and herbaceous plant species; (c) tag, measure and map trees; (d) assess and document symptoms and causes of tree mortality; and (e) record and check data for completeness and clarity.

Logistics: Crews are based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest ( near Blue River, OR where housing is provided at no cost. Camping will be necessary for non-HJ Andrews sites located in Washington and Oregon. When camping, a stipend will be provided.

Minimum qualifications

  • Enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, natural resources, environmental science or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Ability to follow complex data collection procedures.
  • Experience or training in forest inventory methods and measurements.
  • Experience navigating mountainous terrain using compass, map and GPS.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience or training in identifying the symptoms and causes of tree mortality.
  • Familiarity with the woody plants of the PNW or proven ability to learn them quickly.
  • Prior experience conducting field work and collecting data for research.
  • First-aid or wilderness first-aid training; Wildland Firefighting training.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary:  $17-$19/hour depending on position and qualifications

Duration:  June 19 to September 16, 2023

On-line application instructions:

  • Application depends on student status.  You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall.
  • Go to choose ‘Search Jobs’, and enter the following, appropriate Posting # in the Keyword search:
    • Students: Posting # P09552SE
    • Grads/Non-students: Crew Leader: Posting # P04086CT
    • Grads/Non-students; Crew member: Posting # P04084CT
  • Click on “Apply for this Job” and follow the instructions.

FMI: Contact Andrew Bluhm, PNW Permanent Sample Plot Program Coordinator, Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, Oregon State University.