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US Forest Service - Pacific Northwest Research Station

  • 620 SW Main Street Suite 500, Portland, OR
  • https://www.fs.usda.gov/pnw/program/rma/
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Forestry Technician (FIA Crew Member in WA, OR, or CA)

Do you have a passion for working outdoors and an interest in contributing to a nationwide forest inventory? Come join the Forest Inventory & Analysis team!


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salary range

$16 - $21 / hour

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USDA Forest Service

Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Data Collection Team

Temporary Seasonal (1039) Crew Member GS-0462-05/06

    PLEASE REPLY by September 29th, 2022

We are outreaching for opportunities to join our 2023 Data Collection Team! We currently anticipate hiring up to 13 seasonal 1039 positions to any of our 17 satellite duty stations in Washington, Oregon and California. Positions will be filled based on changes in current work force at the start of the 2023 Field Season.

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.

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.

***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.***



If you are interested in these vacancies, please use the attached response form to express your interest by September 29th, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to provide their resume tailored to this opportunity. You can send your responses electronically to: [email protected]. Please use the subject line “1039”.






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