Southwest Region Field Technician
Position title: Southwest Region Field Technician
Deadline to apply: 04/15/2022
Type of Position: Staff (Seasonal)
Town, City, Park, etc: Santa Fe
State / Territory: New Mexico
Project/Program Focus: Data Collection, Forestry, Wildfire Management
The Forest Stewards Guild currently has a field technician position open to complete research and collaborative forestry field work during the Summer of 2022. The research element will investigate how to reduce human-caused wildfires in Arizona and New Mexico. To support this research effort, the Southwest Region field technician will, 1) contribute to a Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP) research project focused on human-caused wildfire ignitions in partnership with Northern Arizona University; 2) survey public land users about their knowledge of fire prevention, spending approximately 4 weeks in the field. To support collaborative forestry field work, the field technician will complete pre- and post- treatment monitoring on a variety of forest restoration projects in Northern New Mexico, and complete outreach about wildfire risk to forest adjacent communities.
The field technician will have the opportunity to learn and use a suite of social science tools and software like NVivo, SPSS and Qualtrics.
This position is well-suited for a student interested in forest recreation, public land management, human dimensions of forestry, fire ignitions, and/or gaining research experience. The Field Technician will have the opportunity to meet and make connections with fire prevention specialists across the Southwest from a range of agencies.
Candidates should be deeply rooted in Southwestern forests and communities, have education and experience in natural resource management and/or social science, and bring strong organizational and communication skills.
The successful candidate will have or be pursuing a degree in outdoor recreation, forestry, fire science, ecology, natural resource management, or related field with professional experience. This individual will have excellent organizational, communication, and written skills, possess the ability to work alone, outdoors, and in remote locations, and demonstrate a passion for advancing wildfire science and management, and forest management across the Southwest. Previous experience in field data collection related to outdoor recreation, forestry, natural resource management or wildland fire in the region, coupled with project management experience, is highly desirable.
- Knowledge and experience in Southwestern forest ecosystems and human communities.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to work both independently and with a team.
- Effective knowledge of common software applications such as Microsoft office.
- Valid driver’s license and agree to a background check.
- Candidate must be over 21 years of age to rent a vehicle
- Fluent or conversational in Spanish
- Sociable personality
- Bachelor’s or master’s degree outdoor recreation, fire ecology, forestry, or other natural resources management related field, or equivalent relevant experience.
- Experience collecting and analyzing survey data.
Contact Us Interested applicants should visit this job posting https://smrtr.io/8mB3F on SmartRecruiters.com, and click “I’m Interested” below to submit one-page cover letter, resume, two professional references, and earliest available start date by June 1st. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: After clicking “Next” on the initial application page, you will have an opportunity to upload the cover letter and reference documents. Questions can be directed to Gabe Kohler at (509)-844-3048 or gabe (at) forestguild.org. All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.
Additional information The position pays $18.54 per hour. The Forest Stewards Guild is an equal opportunity employer. The Guild is dedicated to providing an open, transparent, and just organization and workplace. We strive for clear, open, and kind communication and are committed to recruiting, hiring, mentoring, and supporting practitioners from underrepresented communities. We are dedicated to building a work culture that recognizes the inherent value of our employees, supports a healthy work-life balance, and provides an environment that supports personal growth. Location The position is based in Santa Fe, and the candidate should be prepared to work remotely for a time pending the resolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.