Job Type Unpaid
Salary Details Travel allowance only

Mature and old growth forests in Western Washington are rapidly disappearing, as the State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) auctions them off to logging companies with virtually no oversight, public input, or media awareness.  Most people are surprised that this is happening in a liberal state where the Governor ran for President as the candidate who was best qualified to address global warming.  Citizens for Responsible Forestry is an all-volunteer organization that is dedicated to stopping the senseless clearcutting of these last few remaining natural forests, and preventing them from being converted to commercial tree plantations.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help gather data on state timber sales in Western Washington.  Work involves traveling to high priority sites on DNR state forestland that we are working 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
  • any wildlife you may observe
  • any evidence that would suggest the presence of old growth indicator species such as pileated woodpecker holes
  • any rare or uncommon plants or imperiled plant communities that you encounter

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.  This is an unpaid position; however you will receive a $60 per day travel allowance.  Which and 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 native to the Pacific Northwest
  • Physically fit and able to work outdoors (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; to always have an extra car key and spare tire; and carry a first-aid kit.

For more information visit us on the web:

Citizens for Responsible Forestry

HOW TO APPLYTo apply please email a cover letter, resume and three or more references to Stephen Kropp, Executive Director, at  Volunteers may later be asked to submit a driving record.