NOW Recruiting Volunteer Field Biologists

Want to get out into the woods?  We are looking for volunteers to help gather data on DNR timber sales.  Work involves traveling to high priority sites on DNR state forestland that we'd like to work to preserve, describing forest stand characteristics on the ground, and creating compelling photographs and videos to post on Instagram and Facebook. 


Forest characteristics of interest include:

  • tree canopy complexity, and composition and relative abundance of tree species

  • presence of legacy trees (larger trees that pre-date the existing stand)

  • dead standing trees and large downed logs

  • evidence of wildlife presence

  • evidence that would suggest the presence of old growth indicator species such as pileated woodpecker holes

  • rare or uncommon plants or imperiled plant communities


Data that you collect might be used as part of online campaigns; to draft public comments which are submitted to DNR as part of the forest practices review and SEPA public review process; and to support ongoing negotiations with DNR.

This position requires that you have your own four-wheel drive vehicle or team up with another volunteer who does.  This is an unpaid position.  How many days you work is up to you.


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • B.S. in biology, environmental studies, or related field

  • Interest in forestry and forest ecology 

  • Ability to identify common native plants and/or wildlife species

  • Physically fit and able to work in the field (hiking over uneven terrain, climbing in and out of streams, carrying supplies and equipment, etc.)

  • Valid Washington driver's license


We DO NOT offer health or hazard insurance.  Traveling to remote locations on DNR state forestlands can be dangerous.  It is important to understand the risks involved and take proper precautions.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to