The US Forest Service offers a multitude of seasonal summer jobs that would be just perfect for you during a summer vacation. One of the larger categories of jobs is that of Aids and Technicians. Aids and technicians do the majority of summer Forest Service Work Projects in National Forests like Montana’s Lolo, Missouri’s Mark Twain, Wisconsin’s Chequamegon, or Oregon’s Deschutes. As an aide or technician you can work nearly anywhere in the United States.
Aids and technician jobs are ideal for people that love a backcountry setting. They may have to spend days or even weeks out in the heart of nature, possibly without even seeing another person. It’s a great way to spend some time outdoors and get paid to do it. Pay can range from $12 to $20 an hour for these cool jobs.
There are many different types of aides and technician jobs available from the Forest Service. Here is a brief overview of them:
Forestry Aids and Technicians deal with the forest. They may do research like collecting rain fall data, measuring tree diameters, or counting young saplings. They also maintain camps and are often posted in fire watchtowers.
Hydrologic Aids and Technicians help professional hydrologists study the waters in a National Park. They may prepare tests, fill in charts, or compute data.
Physical Science Aids and Technicians assist scientists that are studying different aspects of the park. They may be looking at rocks or ice or soil. The job may mean working with high tech equipment, mixing test solutions, processing complex data, or even perform tests.
Biological Aids and Technicians work with biologists to study the natural environment. Their workplace may be hatcheries, wildlife refuges, remote camps, or greenhouses.
Surveying Aids and Technicians help surveying crews survey the land. They may help in road construction or in constructing new trails.
Range Aids and Technicians maintain the land so that livestock and wild game have a place to live. They may work to develop some areas and conserve others. By protecting the range, they are ensuring the animals have a place to live.
All aides and technicians provide valuable services to the Forest Service. These jobs usually require a degree in a related study or a willingness to pursue that degree. The jobs require the knowledge about certain areas, but they do not require the social skills that guest service positions require. They are an ideal job for someone that wants to see the country, but wants to spend most of their time in the wilderness.