Qualified Research Technicians help
to maintain SPI’s long-term water
quality, sediment and erosion,
road inventory, and fire weather
and repeater network programs.
Research and Monitoring Program
staff are required to be familiar
with, and adhere to, the Research
and Monitoring Program Quality
Assurance Project Plan, all
standard operating procedures,
and any additional departmental
procedural documents. Staff shall
follow all Research and Monitoring
Program guidelines, requirements,
practices, and quality assurance/
quality control procedures
throughout the life of all projects.
This position provides an excellent
opportunity to support various
ongoing peer reviewed research
projects throughout SPI’s California
Successful Applicants will assist the
Research and Monitoring Crew in
a hill slope erosion study using a
rainfall simulator in burned and
non-burned mixed-conifer forests.
Data will be documented in the field
and entered into a database daily.
The Research Technician will use
ATVs, 4×4 vehicles, and foot access
to perform a variety of tasks with the
Research and Monitoring Crew in SPI
forests. Applicants must be willing to
work in remote areas as a group, as
well as alone.
Other duties may include, but are not
• Collecting water quality, riparian,
and microclimate data at long
term study sites in remote areas.
• Performing work in the
Research Laboratory and maintaining
SPI’s fire weather and repeater
• College-level coursework
in hydrology, geology,
or Forestry, Natural
Resources, or related
program of study is
• Possess valid driver’s license
and have ability to drive on
hazardous mountain roads.
• Safely use ATVs in remote
areas. Will be required to
load ATVs into trucks or tow
an ATV on a trailer to the
field with a four-wheel drive
vehicle provided by SPI.
• Ability to safely work in
streams, riparian areas,
remote forest road networks,
and hike and navigate alone
in remote steep mountainous
regions using map, compass