These biology jobs and internships are paid opportunities that also typically compensate participants with some combination of housing, food, and travel stipends. They are mostly field-based, do not involve an individual research project, and are a great way to gain experience in field work and data collection. They are listed in chronological order by posting date.

Summer 2022

5/11 - Assistant Ecology Technician - PA

Longwood Gardens is seeking a part-time Assistant Ecology Technician to join the Land Stewardship and Ecology program of our Research and Conservation Division. The Assistant Technician is an integral member of a team responsible for ecological management of 700+ acres of diverse habitats in a Pennsylvania Piedmont landscape. Longwood's Land Stewardship and Ecology program advances land stewardship practice and ecological science in a botanical garden setting with unique opportunities for public engagement.

The Assistant Ecology Technician performs essential daily stewardship activities in a variety of terrain and weather conditions. Responsibilities include planting native trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants; weeding and maintenance of plantings; managing invasive species using manual, mechanical, and herbicide techniques; trail maintenance; participation in scientific data collection; assisting with wildlife management; and training volunteers and students in land stewardship techniques. Occasional weekend, evening and holiday work is required.

Self-motivation, a high degree of organization and attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively with a broad range of people are essential. The successful candidate must have a valid driver's license, be able to lift 50 lbs., and have or be willing to obtain a Pennsylvania Pesticide Applicator license. Preferred candidates will have prior experience in land stewardship, horticulture, and/or ecological science, basic equipment operation skills, experience with string trimmers and utility vehicles, facility with computing tools, and ability to identify regional plants. This is a year-round position averaging 28 hours/week with a flexible schedule within our standard work hours and may be compatible with graduate study in environmental science, ecology, or another relevant field.

As one of the great gardens of the world located just 30 miles outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens is rooted in a steadfast mission of excellence in horticulture, education, and the arts. Across our many departments, each and every staff member creates the magic that makes our Gardens distinctive. Our team of dynamic professionals is what sets us apart, and our spirit of legacy, innovation, and opportunity is what guides us. While beauty is our heart, our people are our soul.

Successful applicants must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Exceptions to the COVID vaccine requirements may be provided to individuals for religious beliefs or medical reasons.

For more information:

5/2 - Conservation Technician - NM

The Institute for Applied Ecology's Southwest Office is hiring a full-time Conservation technician for the summer field season. See details below or online at :

The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE), a non-profit organization, has been actively engaged in the conservation of native species and habitats through restoration, research, and education for over 20 years. We fill a unique niche in this field by working with a diverse group of partners including federal, state and county agencies and municipalities to accomplish our mission. Our Southwest Office (IAE SW) works in New Mexico and Arizona. We cultivate partnerships to facilitate large-scale, regional conservation projects, develop ecologically appropriate sources of native seed, offer native species education opportunities and materials, provide technical assistance to restoration and management planning and implementation, and conduct on-the-ground habitat restoration and applied research. 

START DATE: Monday, June 6, 2022
END DATE:  August 12, 2022 (with potential for extension)
LOCATION: Based in Santa Fe, NM

$19/hr, plus travel expenses associated with overnight field work (food and lodging). This is a full-time temporary position with paid holidays and accrued sick leave. No additional benefits included.

Vaccine Requirement:
In compliance with federal guidelines, IAE has a mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. All employees are required to submit proof of vaccination prior to employment. Applicants may request exceptions and reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons. Any offer of employment will be contingent on complying with this policy.

Position Description:
IAE SW is hiring a conservation technician for the 2022 field season to assist with a survey and inventory project for a sensitive plant species, Arizona willow. The field schedule will be variable but will include overnight camping for up to 8 days in high elevation (9,000 - 10,000 ft) areas in the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests. Field sites will include locations in the San Pedro Parks and Pecos Wilderness areas. The technician will be based out of Santa Fe, NM, and travel to field sites will be provided. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the conservation of a rare species in unique high elevation systems in northern New Mexico. Additional time will be spent working on projects supporting restoration and conservation through native plant materials development.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Conduct fieldwork: assist in locating, identifying, and mapping Arizona willow populations; collecting botanical voucher specimens and conservation germplasm; assessing habitat quality
  • Native plant materials support: participate in seed collection, cleaning and native plant production fieldwork

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Highly organized and detail-oriented
  • Outgoing, energetic, and flexible
  • Willingness to camp and hike in remote, high elevation locations and awareness of safety procedures in areas with potential for adverse weather and wildlife
  • Comfortable in a backcountry setting: ability to work long hours while maintaining attention to the task and crew safety
  • Ability to work in bent-over, kneeling, or standing positions for significant periods of time
  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs. and hike up to 6 miles per day
  • Experience with and physical ability to engage in repetitive manual labor tasks such as weeding, hoeing, and planting for extended periods of time.  Physical stamina and ability to maintain focus on work is a must.

Preferred Skills:

  • Plant identification skills and experience collecting plant vouchers
  • Familiarity with forest ecosystems in New Mexico
  • One or more seasons of field work experience
  • Wilderness First Aid certification
  • Coursework/trainings in botany and/or degree in botany or related field

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, please submit the following as a single pdf:

  1. Brief cover letter describing your interest in the position and stating when you would be available to start work
  2. Resume identifying any relevant experience (paid or unpaid)
  3. Contact information (phone and email) for 2-3 professional references (including past employers/supervisors)

Email application materials to with subject line "Conservation Technician" no later than Friday, May 13, 2022.

Please direct any questions about the application process or position to

5/2 - Seasonal field ecologist - UT

Dr. Peter Adler (Utah State University) seeks a field ecologist to help implement and monitor a series of experiments focused on understanding how climate change will affect the trajectory of the cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion in the Intermountain West.  One position is available in Logan, Utah with Adler's research group. This is a full-time, hourly position ($13-14/hr) for the period June-September, 2022, though half-time work will be available from March-May. To apply, visit:

5/2 - Aquatic Monitoring Field Technician - CO

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and service through the west. The Institute's mission is to advance applied science and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships, supporting national parks, forest, open spaces and public lands.

The Aquatic Monitoring Program at GBI serves as an excellent professional development opportunity for natural resource professionals seeking experience in aquatic, riparian, and rangeland surveys. This Program is a component of our well-established Research Associate Program, which focuses on the conservation and management of natural, cultural, and recreation resources in the Intermountain West while providing emerging professionals opportunities to begin or enhance their careers.

GBI's Aquatic Monitoring Program is dedicated to providing college graduates and emerging professionals with hands-on survey, inventory, monitoring, and reporting experience in natural resource management. Extensive training and technical field skills development provides employees a unique opportunity to obtain valuable experience in executing monitoring protocols that will increase their employment success. 


5/2 - Songbird Point Count Technician Position - OR

Klamath Bird Observatory is looking to fill the last two point count technician positions. Later start date is available and a completion bonus.


The Klamath Bird Observatory ( is seeking seasonal field technicians from May 2nd through July 24th (1 position with flexible start date), to complete point count surveys throughout the diverse and beautiful regions of southern Oregon, eastern Oregon, and/or northern California. Technicians will work for multiple projects consisting of monitoring effects of oak and stream restoration and long-term monitoring in both private and public lands. Surveyors will work in northeastern Oregon conifer forests, eastern Oregon sagebrush habitat,

Lassen Volcanic National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and/or Crater Lake National Park. Applicants should be able to identify a large variety of Western birds as they may be working in a range of habitats including oak woodlands, riparian areas, coniferous forests, montane meadows, and shrub-steppe.

Primary responsibilities will include conducting point count surveys and vegetation sampling along off-road transects following standard protocols, and associated data entry. Other tasks may be assigned if time permits. Field training on protocol methodology and distance estimation will be provided at the onset of the season. Camping independently, often at undeveloped or dispersed sites, will be required for most work. A small number of sites also require overnight backcountry camping. Experience and comfort with backpacking to sites will be discussed and agreed upon prior to the field season and is not required for every position. A field vehicle may be provided, but some crew members may need to have the flexibility to drive their personal vehicle for work if necessary. If technicians are required to drive their personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement will be provided.


Applicants should have at least one full season of point count field experience, have a full range of hearing, be in excellent physical condition, and be comfortable working and camping independently. Required qualifications include ability to identify western birds by sight and sound, estimate distance to individual birds, hike in steep and rugged off-trail conditions, follow standardized protocols, collect and record meticulous data, communicate effectively, work independently in the forest, work in inclement weather conditions, and tolerate working in areas containing poison oak. Surveyors must possess good map reading, GPS, and orienteering skills and be eager to work long days in the field. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and insurance. Technicians must be willing and able to adhere to strict health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the duration of hire. Effective June 21, 2021, and until further notice, KBO will require that all Employees and Student Interns be fully vaccinated for COVID‐19, and be able to provide proof of vaccination status.


$3000/month, plus reimbursement for mileage at the federal rate if required to drive a personal vehicle. An additional completion bonus of $1000 will be provided at the end of the field season.

To Apply:

Send cover letter (including dates of availability and vehicle type), resume, and contact information for three references in a single PDF document to Stephanie Loredo (

Hiring will be ongoing until all positions have been filled. Offers are contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent health and safety mandates throughout the field season.

4/26 - Botany field positions - OR/WA

Job title: Botany Technician / Botanist
Job location: National Forests of Oregon and Washington
Wage: $16.90 to $25.60 per hour
Duration: seasonal summer employment, May - October (begin & end dates are negotiable)

Background: Nature's Capital, LLC is a small business located in Boise, Idaho. Our mission is to assist clients throughout the Pacific Northwest in the maintenance and enhancement of the natural capital assets found in biological and physical resources. We provide scientifically sound, high quality ecological inventory and assessment information and management recommendations founded in knowledge of ecosystem processes and functions. We are seeking to fill fulltime temporary botany field positions. Positions may be based in locations other than Boise.

Description: Employees in field botany positions will collect and summarize data on plant species populations and habitats and the ecology of forest, shrubland, or grassland vegetation. Work will include, for example, conducting ecological field inventories, assessing vegetation condition and quality, and measuring plant population attributes. Duties include making observations and recording data on plant species composition, stand structure and environmental factors influencing the distribution of plant communities or species. Duties may include recording, summarizing, and proofreading technical information; use of word processing, spreadsheet, database, or GIS software; and interpreting spatial imagery or other technical map products. The position will require experience in back country travel; use of basic tools such as a field compass, topographic map, clinometer, altimeter, and global positioning systems; and operation of motor vehicles on unimproved roadways. Duties may also include assisting with forest inventory or wildlife survey projects.

Work activities require ability to walk for several hours (carrying a backpack with field and personal equipment) in rugged terrain and work in inclement weather conditions. Work schedules may require occasional to frequent overnight travel and primitive camping in remote locations.

Minimum Qualifications: Applicants will be considered for Botanist or Botany Technician positions based on combined education or experience summarized as follows:

  • Botany Technician - An associate degree in botany, plant ecology, or related field; Experience or coursework applicable to the position description (above)
  • Botanist - One year of coursework leading to a graduate degree in botany, plant ecology, or related field; Several seasons of field experience or a combination of field experience and coursework leading to a graduate degree.

Previous work experience should demonstrate knowledge of a regional flora and ability to complete tasks outlined in the position description (for example: experience identifying plants using a taxonomical key, special status species survey protocols, determining habitat type, sampling vegetation using standard plant ecology methods, wetland delineation, noxious weed survey protocol, or habitat and population monitoring methods). Back country experience must be documented through work history or recreational activities such as hiking, skiing, or mountaineering. Current first aid certification is required (current Wilderness First Responder certification is preferred).

To apply for a field botany position, please send a current resume as an email attachment to Include the job title in the subject line. Please provide contact information for individuals with knowledge of your experience and capabilities. Applicants for the position should make contact as soon as possible. Hiring decisions will be ongoing as applications are received. 

4/26 - Burmese Python radiotelemetry internship (1 year) - FL

The USGS in partnership with the University of Florida still have a several paid year-long internships (with housing provided) available.

We are accepting applications for biological research interns to join the team conducting high-quality research on invasive reptiles (primarily Burmese pythons) in South Florida, in Big Cypress National Preserve with some work in Everglades National Park. These positions primarily entail outdoor field work with some laboratory and data management work. The biological research internships will last approximately 12 months and will start as early as mid April 2022 or as soon as possible. Start dates may be extended for highly qualified candidates. This is a re-advertisement with updated deadlines for a previous posting. Apply here:

4/26 - Ecological Field Assistant positions - MA

Woodwell Climate Research Center in Falmouth, MA is hiring several seasonal field assistants.  See list here:

4/26 - subarctic forest ecology research - Northwest Territories

Two (2) field research assistant positions are available with the Forest Ecology Group ( based at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo Ontario, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Guelph. This position is integrated into a broader program characterizing the resilience of North American boreal forests to natural and anthropogenic disturbances, which in turn informs policy and land use management strategies regionally.

We are looking for motivated, energetic individuals to contribute to ongoing research projects in sub-arctic, boreal forest research sites in the Northwest Territories (NWT). Positions involve working on a diverse range of projects including lichen mapping, lichen recovery, and plant and tree responses to permafrost thaw and changing fire regimes in northern systems. During the field season (late June to late August 2022), these positions would require travel to various remote research sites in the NWT. The successful candidates will be provided with a stipend in addition to the costs of travel from Waterloo to the study sites in NWT, and food and accommodations while in the field. Opportunities will also be made available for individual research assistant project development prior to travelling to the field for the appropriate candidates. There is the opportunity for these positions to start as early as May 1 conducting lab-based field preparation and sample analysis prior to leaving for the field in late June.

Full details can be found here:

To Apply: Interested students should contact Dr. Jennifer Baltzer ( Applicants should provide a short statement of their interest, a current resume, and the names of two references. There will be a rolling evaluation of applications.

4/26 - Forest Insect Research Technician - UT

Spring/Summer Lab & Field Opportunity: Invasive Forest Insect Technician

Aggie Handshake: search "Invasive Forest Insect Technician"

Job description: We are looking for 1 highly motivated, bright individual who is enthusiastic to learn about a novel and cryptic invasive forest pest and gain first-hand experience in forest ecological research.

Successful candidates will:

  • Learn how to identify balsam woolly adelgid (BWA; forest insect) life stages via dissecting microscope
  • Learn lab etiquette and scientific integrity skills
  • Learn critical data management skills
  • Learn how to conduct ecological field work in high-elevation forests
  • Assist graduate students in conducting research in applied science

All lab work will occur in Logan, UT and will commence as soon as possible. Lab work involves processing bark samples by identifying and counting insect life stages. Field work will occur in Cache, Weber, and Salt Lake Counties and will begin in June. Field work will involve travel to and from field sites weekly with light to moderate hiking.

Salary: $12.00/hour starting with raise potential

Time frame: Spring 2022, part time.  Summer 2022, full time.  Option for extension into Fall, 2022 at full or part-time

Schedule: Spring: lab work only; ASAP - August 2022; 10-15 hrs/week, and Summer: lab + field work; June 2022 - August 2022; 40 hrs/week. We are happy to accommodate school schedules.


  • Attention to detail
  • Scientific integrity
  • Ability to learn and adopt best management practices in field and lab settings
  • Interest in conducting entomological and ecological field/lab work
  • Possess an active driver’s license and the willingness to take state driving safety training to be certified to drive government vehicles
  • Ability to hike several miles over rough terrain to reach forest sampling sites

Ideal candidates will be expected to submit a resume and a statement of interest to Handshake to help in evaluation.

Apply: Please apply on Aggie Handshake. Search “Invasive Forest Insect Technician”.

If the applicant would be moving to Logan, UT for the job, they could start full-time (rather than part-time for the first few weeks, as is listed in the ad flier). Cache Valley is nestled in the Rocky Mountains and surrounded by USFS land, with lots of opportunities for outdoor recreation. We are happy to help the technician find housing in the area.

Contact: With questions, contact  Liz Rideout (Alston Lab, US Forest Service / Utah State University)

3/30 - Technician in Malone Disturbance Ecology Lab - FL

Join the Malone Disturbance Ecology Lab at Florida International University as a Technician to measure the effects of increasing salinity on plant structure and function. Experience with an LI 6800 and familiarity with R is valued.

Apply at using Job ID 523907.  Job closes June 10th.  Contact: Sparkle L. Malone, PhD, Assistant Director of Environmental Data Science Programs -

3/15 - Aquatic Research Technician - OR/BC

Oregon - Aquatic Research Technician (two 2.5-month positions) needed to conduct aquatic ecology surveys on public and private forest lands. Duties include backpack electrofishing, collection of macroinvertebrate and periphyton samples, habitat surveys, and working closely with primary investigators.  Experience with ecology field work and interest in aquatic ecology is desired.  Applicants should be comfortable navigating in remote backcountry settings and be able to work as a team member under difficult field conditions. Overnight camping is expected.  Position extends from July to mid September 2022.  Full position announcement available at:  Pursuing a bachelor's degree in a biological sciences discipline is required.  Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Laurie Clark, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.:  Applicant review will begin March 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. 

2/24 - Temporary Field Technicians, NEON Program - Nationwide

The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) is a continental-scale observation facility funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle. The NEON program is designed to collect long-term, open access ecological data to better understand how U.S. ecosystems are changing, from freshwater systems such as streams, rivers, and lakes to terrestrial systems spanning tropical forests to deserts to tundra. The Observatory includes more than 500 personnel; we depend on our scientists to collect observational data and samples, to monitor automated instrumented systems that collect terrestrial and aquatic data, and to facilitate our airborne observation platform that captures remote sensing data of regional landscapes and vegetation.

We are currently seeking Temporary Field Technicians.

JOB SUMMARY: Temporary Field Technicians  perform  seasonal and periodic sampling of physical, chemical and biological data at one (1)-five (5) field sites, while exercising good judgement and decision-making abilities to interpret protocol requirements. Temporary Field Technicians are assigned an area of primary responsibility within the scope of data collection: botany, entomology, mammalogy (except Puerto Rico and Hawaii), or limnology (except Hawaii).     Field observations and collection are conducted using approximately 30 different protocols and multiple Standard Operating Procedures with varying schedule requirements based on local ecosystem and current field conditions.    Individuals are responsible for their own housing and transportation to primary work location.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Performs  field assignments in a variety of conditions (e.g., weather, terrain, diverse assigned biomes, etc.).  Follows established, standardized field procedures for sample collection; records data from sample collection in handheld tablets, computers, etc.; and processes samples.  Records activities and completed work according to Field Operations protocol.  Follows safety and Field Operations policy and procedures.  Reports issues with implementation of procedures and coordinates resolution with manager and technicians.  Assists with routine administrative duties, special projects and other duties as assigned.  Carries, moves and lifts field supplies (pack weighing up to 40 lbs.) to assigned field site (which involves diverseand uneven terrain.)

REQUIRED: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: High School Diploma.  Some post high school, specialized training or technical certificate may be required.  Knowledge of best practices for accurate and repeatable field and laboratory measurements across multiple scientific disciplines. Complex and variable systems require judgment and independent decision-making abilities technical skills using best practices in field and ability to identify aquatic or terrestrial flora and fauna to genus and species.  

PAY RATE $15.75 - $16.25 an hour

Application Instructions: ONLY apply to the one (1) Temporary Field Technician (TFT) position and location you would consider as your first choice. During the application process, you will provide additional domains/locations you would be willing to work at if your first choice is not available. All TFT locations will be posted on the website by mid-January 2022.  Locations are: D1- MA, D2-VA, D3- FL, D5- WI, D6- KS, D7- TN, D8- AL, D9- ND, D10/13- CO, D11- TX, D12- MT, D15- UT, D16- WA, D17- CA, D18/19- AK, D20- HI.   

To view all BATTELLE’S temporary field technician positions and to apply please go to: Career Opportunities (

Careers | Battelle (

Contact: Rita Greene ( with any questions.

1/21 - Southwest Conservation Corps - CO

Southwest Conservation Corps has just opened several Adult Conservation Crew Member positions! With increased living stipends, exciting projects, and amazing project partners, it’s going to be a great year! Read on to learn a little more -

As an AmeriCorps program participant with the Southwest Conservation Corps, your office is the great outdoors! Each crew consists of  6 members and 2 leaders. Crews serve and camp for 8 days at a time in either frontcountry (access to your crew vehicle and trailer), or backcountry (hiking all your supplies in with backpacks) locations, in all types of weather conditions. You will serve as a member of the crew; perform heavy manual labor, and complete conservation projects using a variety of manual and power tools. You will a participate in environmental education activities. Risk management is of utmost importance, and all procedures must be followed at all times.

Projects include trail construction & maintenance, habitat improvement, hazardous fuels reduction, re-vegetation and local environmental service projects. Crews may also complete technical and/or specialized projects depending on project partner needs, including disaster relief if the opportunity arises.

Summer Positions (May 30th – August 12th, 2022):
Summer Conservation Crew Member

  • Location: Durango or Salida, CO (indicate preference in the application)
  • Living Stipend: $400/week

Queer Conservation Crew Member

  • Location: Durango, CO
  • Living Stipend: $400/week

Long Term Positions (May 30th – October 28th or Mid-November, 2022):

  • 14er Conservation Crew Member (
    • Location: Salida, CO
    • Living Stipend: $400/week
    • Date: May 30th – October 28th
  • Leaders of Color – Crew Member (
    • Location: Salida, CO
    • Living Stipend: $400/week
    • Date: May 30th – October 28th
  • Women’s + Chainsaw Crew Member (
    • Location: Salida, CO
    • Living Stipend: $400/week
    • Date: May 30th – October 28th
  • Crosscut Crew Member (
    • Location: Durango, CO
    • Living Stipend: $400/week
    • Date: May 30th – Mid-November
  • Long Term Crew Member (
    • Location: Durango, CO
    • Living Stipend: $400/week
    • Date: May 30th – Mid-November
  • Women’s + Conservation Crew Member (
    •  Location: Durango, CO
    •  Living Stipend: $400/week
    •  Date: May 30th – Mid-November

All opportunities

12/17 - Watershed and Ecological Monitoring crews - CO/NM

Ecological Monitoring Crew Member (Multiple locations in New Mexico and Colorado)

Crews will consist of three individuals: two crew members and one crew lead.  Together, they will monitor land health (i.e., soil and vegetation) on BLM lands including National Monument lands, vegetation treatments, burn scars, rangeland allotments, or reference areas using AIM methodology. Within all plots, the crew will identify vegetation to species, gather species cover and composition data using line-point intercept and gap measurements, measure soil stability, and describe the site and soil pits.

Living Stipend:   $560/week ($640/week in Taos and Carlsbad).

Benefits:  Paid attendance to training; Wilderness First Aid (or reimbursement if course was paid personally and taken after April 2021); uniform shirt; $13/day food allowance if camping; AmeriCorps Education Award of $3,247.50 upon satisfactory completion of term.

Full Position Description and Application can be found at



**Updates will resume in Fall 2022** - Have a great summer!