Soil Field Technician, Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming 

Organization: Wyoming Natural Diversity Database

Type of opportunity: Seasonal, full-time

Contact: George Jones,, (307) 766-3009

Duties: Each day, the crew members will navigate to pre-selected sampling points.  At each point, they will delineate the wetland boundary and collect information about the soil, hydrological, and vegetation features present.  The soil field technician will be responsible for determining the thickness of peat in the wetland, identifying indicators of hydric soil, and describing the soil profile.  He or she will also assist in determining water-table depth, measuring flow rates, measuring pH and conductivity of water, and with other tasks.

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrable proficiency in recognizing features of wetland soils and describing soil profiles
  • Careful attention to detail in making measurements, recording information, and keeping track of data forms & equipment
  • Willingness to work long days, sometimes in inclement weather & often with mosquitoes
  • Willingness to walk up to 5 miles, carrying 15-20 pounds
  • Willingness to work in occupied grizzly bear habitat (we will train crew members in bear safety)
  • Acquaintance with techniques of wetland delineation
  • Experience in measuring flow rates in streams
  • Experience measuring water pH and conductivity
  • Ability to identify amphibians and/or wetland invertebrates
  • Ability to navigate using topographic maps, compass, & GPS receiver
  • Valid drivers’ license
  • Experience driving 4-wheel drive vehicles on rough roads

Start and end dates: June 6 – August 19, 2016

Salary/pay: $13.50 – 14.50/hour. We will provide housing in Laramie between work trips or pay per diem for days camping.

Link to more information: Visit the WYNDD employment page or read the job announcement.

How to apply: To apply, submit a cover letter, resume showing qualifications, and contact information for 3 references to George Jones at