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Summer Forestry Technician Positions with Forest Inventory and Analysis

USDA Forest Service
Job Field:
Job Type:
Seasonal, Temporary, Internship
Location Detail:
Washington, Oregon, and California.
Job Description:

About the positions:

The PNW Research Station FIA unit is part of a nationwide program which collects, processes, analyzes, evaluates, and publishes comprehensive information on forest and other related renewable resources.


These Crew Member positions will support sampling field plots located on a systematic grid across all land ownerships and will be almost entirely field based. A wide variety of information is collected in the inventory, including: tree measurements; forest pathogens; understory vegetation composition and structure; stand treatments and disturbances; down woody material measurements; and land ownership. The areas sampled for the Forest Inventory by the PNW Research Station cover a diversity of ecological communities.

All field staff work under the direction of a State Coordinator. Forestry Technician Crew Members join a crew of up to four individuals and report directly to Crew Leaders at their duty location. Data collection efforts require significant travel (40-75%) with lodging in motels/hotels in addition to backpacking/camping. In all areas, work conditions are arduous. In some locations the work day often exceeds 10 hours and frequent overtime may be required. Work may be performed in inclement weather (cold, heat, rain, snow) and on rugged, steep, slippery, and/or brushy slopes. Significant amounts of on-trail and off-trail hiking is required. Field crews must carry a 45lb pack daily, with pack weights sometimes exceeding 60lbs. Exposure to hazards such as poison oak, bears, and insects is common. Travel by helicopter, stock animal, or boat may be required. Government housing is not available for these positions but hotel lodging and travel per diem will be provided while in travel status away from the duty station.

Urban FIA:

In addition to these positions, we are outreaching for a 1039 based in Portland, OR whose work will primarily focus on inventorying Urban forested communities in the cities of Portland, OR and San Diego, CA. This work includes extensive landowner outreach and communication, and familiarity with ornamental flora is strongly preferred but not required. The position will start and be based in Portland, with the expectation to work ~2 months in continuous travel status in San Diego. Interested candidates should select “Urban – Portland, OR” as their duty location. Government housing is not available for this position but hotel lodging and travel per diem will be provided while on travel status in San Diego.


We are outreaching for opportunities to join our 2022 Data Collection Team! Currently, we anticipate hiring up to 15 seasonal 1039 positions to any of our 16 satellite duty stations in Washington, Oregon and California (see outreach response form for full list). Positions will be filled based on changes in current work force at the start of the 2022 Field Season.  


Pay is dependent upon location, as some locations have different rates of locality adjusted pay, but the base pay for a GS-5 position is $17.31/hour, and for a GS-6 position is $19.29/hour. These positions are likely to work between 5-15 hours of overtime a pay period while in the field. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions about these opportunities or our program, and feel free to pass on to your networks as well.
How to Apply:

If you are interested in these vacancies, please use the attached response form to express your interest by January 24th, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to provide their resume tailored to this opportunity. You can send your responses electronically to: Please use the subject line “Forestry Technician”.


Please forward to those who may be of interest!

Forest Service Shield

Katie Rigsby (she/her/hers)
Data Collection Coordinator, Washington

Forest Service

Forest Inventory and Analysis

p: 503-808-3131
c: 916-261-4080

620 SW Main Street, Suite 502
Portland, OR 97205 
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