Employment Opportunities for Field Technicians

Schoodic Institute is currently hiring to fill four temporary, full-time field technician positions for the summer and fall 2017 season. The field technician’s primary work location is on the Schoodic Peninsula near Winter Harbor, Maine and field work may occur throughout Acadia National Park. Residence is required on the Schoodic Education and Research Center campus (on the Schoodic Peninsula), and housing in a shared apartment will be provided by Schoodic Institute.

The four field technician roles include; forest ecology technician, biodiversity citizen science technician, migratory bird monitoring technician, and general ecology technician. The start dates and duration of stay vary for each position.

All field technicians perform field observation and sample collection, handling, and processing where necessary. Technicians will assist with citizen science and Earthwatch expeditions, and track and maintain equipment. Data collection and management of collected data will be the responsibility of each field tech.

The field technicians are mentored by Schoodic Institute staff. Once trained, they may lead volunteer field crews. Daily and weekly work schedules fluctuate. Work days can be up to twelve hours long. Some days may be split with morning and evening work. At times work will begin at dawn and go through dusk. The work week may include weekends. Qualified applicants need to be able to work in challenging outdoor conditions, learn on the go, work in small teams, and develop efficient field data collection techniques.

The forest ecology technician will primarily work on installing and sampling permanent forest monitoring plots, including identifying, tagging, and measuring overstory and understory trees and ground-layer vegetation. Additional duties and projects may include plant phenology monitoring, data entry and management, and temperature logger data collection.

As a general ecology technician this individual will work on a wide variety of projects including intertidal research, bird surveys, citizen science with Earthwatch, and forest sampling.

The biodiversity citizen science technician will conduct trail and forest surveys of birds, insects, and plant phenology monitoring using eBird, iNaturalist, and Nature’s Notebook (citizen science) apps. Additional duties include assisting with public workshops as well as data management.

The primary responsibility of the migratory bird monitoring technician will be to conduct daily point count of migratory seabirds. Additional duties may include songbird and raptor monitoring, data management, and producing weekly summaries (blog) of bird migrations on the Schoodic Peninsula.

To learn more about these positions or to apply, please visit our employment page here.