TWYGS Wildlife and Botany Field Research Crew

Crew members will work with the crew lead to collect field data for the Tongass-Wide Young Growth Studies (TWYGS) project, a research-management partnership investigating forestry practices, plant communities, and wildlife habitat on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. Crew members will apply established field data collection protocols that encompass site conditions, overstory tree characteristics, and understory vascular plant cover. Crew members must be prepared for physically demanding work in a remote setting with cool wet weather. Field sites require off-trail travel in steep terrain, dense vegetation, and slash. All crew members will ensure the quality, efficiency, and safety of the work done by the team. Housing will be provided at US Forest Service bunkhouses and camping will be required to access some work sites. This position lasts 14 weeks and includes 90% field and 10% office work.


- Knowledge of basic professional ecology and forestry concepts and principles, such as would be acquired through a bachelor's degree program in forestry, ecology, botany, wildlife biology, biology, or related natural resources field.

- Education or experience using basic forestry and ecology field tools, including compass or GPS, measuring tapes, tablets or dataloggers, clinometer, laser range finder, digital camera, or remote sensing tools.

- An attention to detail and dedication to working as part of a team with the goal of high-quality data collection and based on the values of interdependence, inclusivity, safety, and mutual respect.

- Physical ability to enjoy working in a forested environment, with prolonged walking over rough, uneven, or steep terrain under all weather conditions (from hot and dry to cold and wet including rain and wind); recurring periods of standing; recurring periods of bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching; encountering biting or stinging insects; lifting of moderately heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds.

- The work requires substantial travel by motor vehicle and requires a valid state driver’s license and clean driving record.

Minimum Requirements:

- Completion of at least 2 years at an accredited university, an Associate’s degree, or higher.

- US citizenship or permanent residency. Participant must undergo a government background check if selected.

- Must submit a resume and cover letter describing interest in the program and qualifications

Compensation amounts: 

  • $1,600 - one time RT travel allowance
  • $300 - weekly living allowance
  • $300 - one time gear allowance (reimbursement)
  • AmeriCorps eligible ($1,718.25 education award)
  • Housing

*All allowances subject to applicable federal, state, and local taxes

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Juneau, AK

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