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Invasive Plants Field Technician Position

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Location: Kodiak, Alaska
Job Category: Seasonal, Full-time or part-time
Salary: 16-18/hr, Depending on exprience
Start Date: Flexible; April-June
Duration: ~20 weeks
Last Date to Apply: Open until filled  

Gain field experience in a variety of skillsets on the beautiful Kodiak Archipelago. Each day is a unique experience where you can look forward to learning something new, going somewhere new, or meeting someone new. This position is for those who enjoy working outdoors, are passionate about protecting natural resources, and enjoy a dynamic work environment.

The ideal candidate would be available May through September. However, we are flexible and can work around school start and end dates. We estimate at least 16 weeks at 40 hrs/week. Depending on grant funding, employment duration may be 20 weeks or more. No health or vacation benefits.  


Primary duties include invasive species surveys, control (manual and chemical), education, outreach, monitoring, and reporting. Office duties include permits, activity reports, and data entry. Locations will include Kodiak road system and travel to villages and remote sites. Field work frequently conducted in bear habitat and often requires hiking and maneuvering in thick vegetation. Other natural resource-related projects may be assigned such as invasive crayfish surveys or capture, fish passages, community garden work parties, and other agricultural support if time and funding allow. Schedule will be flexible to take advantage of travel and field conditions, will include some weekends and overnights. Shared bunkhouse space is available.


Alaska Pesticide Applicators Certification exam can be arranged. Bear safety, aviation safety, water ditching & egress, and first aid training may be available. A plus would be for the candidate to be available April 23-25 to take the Pesticide Safety Education Program class virtually or to do self-paced study and take certification test after they start work.


  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Valid US driver’s license
  • Clean driving record
  • Ability to pass background check

Preferred Skills:

  • Interest in or experience with invasive plant management
  • Strong communication, organization, and technical writing skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with a variety of people including co-workers, private landowners; stakeholder groups; and state, federal, tribal, and local entities
  • Plant identification skills. Knowledge of Kodiak’s native, nonnative, and invasive flora is a plus
  • Familiar with computer programs including: GIS/ESRI, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with small watercraft such as inflatable boats
  • Comfortable traveling in small aircraft such as float planes
  • Experience collecting biological field data
  • Experience using GPS
  • Ability to drive standard shift pick-up truck
  • Experience using shotguns and willingness to undergo additional training and certification to carry a shotgun in bear habitat a plus. Carrying a shotgun not required by all crew members.

To apply:

Application includes: résumé and cover letter. These 2 documents express your interest in the position, display your academic/work experience, and show how you are qualified for the position. First review of applicants February 15, 2024, applications accepted until filled. For more information, contact: Blythe Brown, Acting District Manager (blythe.brown [at] or Masumi Palhof, Programs Assistant (masumi [at] or call our office at 907-486-5574.