Utah State University

Ecology Research Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 9 months ago(3/10/2020 5:29 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Logan | US
Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Wildland Resources
Advertised Salary


We are hiring three seasonal research technicians to assist with forest fire ecology research. Technicians will work on several research projects, including post-fire regeneration monitoring in the Brian Head fire (UT), surveying experimental seedling enclosures, and documenting post-fire regeneration in numerous remote sites across Utah and Arizona. This position is based out of Logan, UT with transportation to field sites provided. The field season will begin in mid-May and continue through the end of August. This position is up to 40 hours per week, with fieldwork typically done on a schedule of eight 10-hour days with six days off. During fieldwork trips, crews will camp in the field. All food and group gear (cook wear, stoves, etc.) will be provided, but technicians will need to provide their own personal camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, etc.). Field work will include documenting GPS locations and measuring trees and plot-level attributes.  In addition to the $12/hour salary, all food is also provided during research trips.


Technicians will work on several research projects including: 

  • Post-fire regeneration monitoring in the Brian Head fire (UT).
  • Surveying experimental seedling enclosures.
  • Documenting post-fire regeneration in numerous remote sites across Utah and Arizona.
  • Driving university vehicle and lab truck on worksite as needed.
  • Field work will include documenting GPS locations and measuring trees and plot-level attributes.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Valid Utah driver’s license to drive university vehicles on worksite as needed
  • Reliable transportation to and from worksite including travel away from Logan for at least 20 days per month during the summer field season for fieldwork
  • Effective communication skills and respect for fellow crew members

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience on a field research crew
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of ecology and/or forestry
  • Knowledge of modern research methods and data collection
  • Experience with GPS and satellite messaging units
  • Computer skills including spreadsheet, R, and database software
  • Backcountry first aid skills, such as Wilderness First Responder certification

Contact: Please contact Mark Kreider (markkreider1@gmail.com) or Larissa Yocom (larissa.yocom@usu.edu) with any questions. 

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under “Resume/CV”

2. Transcript to be uploaded at the beginning of your application under “Documents 1-5”

2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary



Outdoors, incumbents may not be protected from weather conditions and may be exposed to extreme heat and extreme cold. Field work will take place in remote areas, elevation 7,000-11,000 feet, with steep and rugged topography, under varied weather conditions. Additionally, indoor or outdoor work environments may include being confined or in narrow spaces for periods of time. The incumbent may also be exposed to loud noises or vibrations from equipment, and conditions that may affect the respiratory system, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation. Bending, crawling, and crouching may be required. Incumbents may be required to lift, push, and/or pull objects, including being required to carry up to a 15kg pack across steep and rugged terrain, and be required to walk and/or stand for long periods of time. 

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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