Field Crew Lead And Field Crew Technicians

UC Berkeley

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details $15-21/hr, depending on experience and education
Deadline Mar 04, 2024

Positions: Seasonal fire ecology field crewmember positions for work in Sequoia and Kings-Canyon National Parks

Employer: University of California, Berkeley


  • Application deadline: March 4th, 2024 (but applications will be reviewed as they come in, so please submit early for early consideration)
  • Start date: late May, 2024
  • End date: November, 2024

We will consider candidates who are only available for a portion of this time, including undergraduates.


  • Employees receive holiday pay, sick leave, and options for health insurance coverage.
  • $21.38/hr with Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience; $15.50 - $18.55/hr without Bachelor’s or equivalent


Up tp 3 crew members are needed to collect ecological data in both burned and unburned giant sequoia forests in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The crew will conduct field sampling on fuels, forest structure and the conditions surrounding planted seedlings. The data will be collected to support long-term monitoring that will result in both original scientific research and tangible recommendations for managing giant sequoia forests.

Field methods, equipment, and safety training will be provided. The crew will be trained by UC Berkeley and National Park Service staff in the first week of work but otherwise will need to work independently throughout the season, communicating regularly with the project manager. The work schedule will vary between 4 and 8-day trips. Most of the season will involve car camping, either in designated campsites (paid for by the employer) or in unofficial “dispersed” campsites adjacent to remote roads. These latter sites lack running water and restrooms. Field sites will also include remote backcountry wilderness areas that will require backpacking ~10 miles with a heavy pack.

The crew will be provided with a vehicle, but crew members are responsible for their own transportation to and from the duty station at the beginning and end of the work week. Some of the access to field sites will be on remote and rugged roads. Shared camping equipment will be provided as necessary. Field work in mountain environments can be grueling, and crews will be expected to navigate off-trail, in hot or cold weather, on steep slopes and in harsh conditions. In some post-fire landscapes, field crew staff should anticipate traveling through dense shrubs for long distances to get to plots. Candidates with backcountry savvy will be preferred, but candidates with a proven hard work ethic in arduous conditions are welcome to apply and would be trained in backcountry skills.

Required qualifications:

  • Upper division college coursework or equivalent experience in ecology, botany, forestry, range science, or related natural science field
  • A minimum of one season of related field work or multiple relevant coursework field experiences
  • Experience in identifying trees and shrubs
  • Experience in use of map, compass, and GPS units for location and travel
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude in physically demanding and/or uncomfortable conditions
  • Enthusiasm for the type of work to be conducted
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Excel for data entry purposes
  • CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified (certification may be accomplished after job offer is made, with registration cost reimbursed by the employer up to $250)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience conducting forestry or ecological field work, preferably in similar environments to those planned for these positions
  • Excellent organizational skills and detail oriented for data management, equipment management
  • Experience in a variety of vegetation sampling techniques
  • Experience in backcountry camping
  • Valid driver’s license

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to hike 10+ miles per day with a heavy pack through difficult and steep terrain often without trails and often in areas burned by wildfire or prescribed fire
  • Willingness and ability to work in rugged/remote conditions, possibly with overnight stays away from vehicles
  • Ability to work in extremely hot and dry as well as cold and wet conditions

Covid-19 Precautions:

Crews will be expected to carefully follow required Covid-19 precautions outlined by their supervisors (and required by the University of California). We expect employees to help protect the health of their fellow crew members by acting responsibly.

Crew Safety and Inclusion:

Outdoor safety is of the utmost importance in field work. This can have many meanings, including having first aid training, being a safe driver, being aware of your personal abilities and limitations when off-trail, and being prepared for potentially negative interactions with strangers. We will do all that we can to ensure every crew member is safe and secure in the field.


Combine a cover letter (1 page maximum), CV/resume (2 pages maximum), and three references (including name, organization, phone, email, and relationship to you) into a single pdf. Name the pdf file with your last name and “_SEKIcrew” (for example, “Smith_SEKIcrew.pdf”). Upload your application to the Box link below by March 4th, 2024. Your cover letter must also clearly state any potential constraints on your availability between May and November. Your CV should address all of the required and preferred qualifications that you meet.

Please send your pdf to: Sequoia.6xcyh2zf3ruxdhkh@u.box.com and cc kshive at berkeley.edu. The subject line must only include “Sequoia field crew application”. Please do not include any cover letter or introductory information in the body of the email as it will not be read.

Applications not following these instructions exactly will not be considered. Thank you for your interest!

When you apply, please indicate that you are responding to the posting on Conservation Job Board.

Category Ecology, Forestry