Careers in the Plant Sciences

Plant Ecologist

National Park Service - Bar Harbor, ME, USA

Position Title: Plant Ecologist
Position Type: Temporary Position
Application Review Begins: Friday, March 03, 2017
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 02, 2017
Institution: National Park Service
Department/Division: Inventory and Monitoring
Field (e.g., systematics): Forest Ecology
City: Bar Harbor, ME, USA
General Information: The Schoodic Institute is recruiting 3 seasonal Forest Ecology Technicians to be a part of a 4 person field crew that will be collecting forest health data in 16 parks throughout the Eastern US.

Job Title: Forest Ecology Technician
Job Type: full-time, temporary position
Organization: Schoodic Institute
Location: Bar Harbor, ME (Field Station first 10 weeks), and Fredericksburg, VA (Field Station second 9 weeks)
Open Period: February 16- March 2
Vacancies: 3 crew members
Duration: 19 weeks mid May to September (exact dates TBD)
Pay: $16/hour

Park housing will be available at the field stations (Bar Harbor, ME and Fredericksburg, VA), and crew will be required to pay for housing while at their field station. When away from field station (approx. 50% of the time), Schoodic Institute will pay lodging and per diem costs.
Qualifications/Requirements: This is largely a field based position, and incumbents will be required to carry heavy field equipment (40+lbs), hike though rough terrain, learn and identify plants common to eastern forests, and work in all weather conditions. Incumbent may be exposed to deer ticks that carry Lyme disease, biting insects, poison ivy and dense brush.
Responsibilities: Incumbents will sample permanent forest monitoring plots collecting data on forest health, structure and composition, regeneration, understory vegetation, coarse woody debris, and soil characteristics. The crew will work in 16 park sites from Virginia to Maine, starting with a week of training in Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, VT. The first 4 weeks of the season will be spent sampling National Historic Parks in New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. The crew will then spend approximately 5 weeks sampling in Acadia National Park, and 8 weeks working in Mid-Atlantic parks located in Virginia and Pennsylvania. The crew will stay in park housing where available, and lodging may include hotels, historic buildings and cabins. Other duties may include pressing unknown plant specimens, equipment maintenance and repair, preparing soil samples for processing, and data entry.
Application Instructions (submission methods, etc.): For more information and to apply, please view the announcement on the Schoodic website:
Compensation Range: $16/hour
Contact Name: Kate Miller,