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Field Technician

Department: Public Lands Planning & Management

RSG seeks Field Technicians to assist our Public Lands Planning and Management group with visitor use and social science research in National parks this spring, summer and fall.


You work alongside Ph.D. and Masterís level researchers to assist with social science research and data collection in National Parks and similar federal public lands. This work helps the National Park Service and other agencies measure and manage visitor use in national parks and public lands. You engage in multiple steps in the social science research process, which could include: deploying, maintaining, and downloading data from automated trail counters, tracking visitor use patterns with GPS devices, conducting unobtrusive observations of visitor use volumes and behaviors, administering surveys to park visitors, and recording parking, vehicle, traffic, and/or other types of transportation data. In addition to field research experience, team members will also gain valuable experience with a nationally-recognized research consulting firm, providing a look into private sector career paths in the parks and protected areas of management, as well as knowledge of visitor use management and capacity planning.

As a member of the team, you are a team player who is organized, detail-oriented, and interested in improving public lands management and helping our clients.


  • High degree of personal accountability to ensure timely, systematic, and consistent conduct of data collection tasks
  • Adept at communicating with the public.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Attention to detail and a good sense of quality control in the data collection process
  • Ability and desire to work outdoors through a range of potentially challenging weather conditions (heat, rain, etc.)
  • Ability to hike on consecutive days on varied and sometimes steep terrain carrying a full pack
  • Previous experience with data collection or other aspects of scientific studies is desirable, but not necessary
  • Willingness to learn the ins and outs of protected areas social science research methodology from start to finish


  • Experience conducting visitor use and social science research in national parks or other federal public lands
  • Knowledge of scientific literature regarding visitor use and social science research in national parks.
  • Backcountry camping experience
  • Familiarity with Leave No Trace principles


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