Adirondack Council/Otak Field Technician Positions Available

Adirondack Council/Otak Field Technician Positions

Be part of a team of 3 field technicians, collecting visitor use data in the High Peaks/ADK Loj area this summer. Each workday is expected to be 9 hours long and will be outdoors. This position will report to the team leader.

Team members will work alongside Ph.D. and Master’s level researchers to assist with social science research and data collection in the High Peaks/ADK Loj area. Members will engage in multiple steps in the social science research process. Data collection tasks include visitor use counts on summits, hiking encounters along trail corridors, and roadside vehicle counts. Results of this study will be used to provide a description of visitor use levels and patterns for the High Peaks study.

The sampling period will occur in July/August and will launch the week before July 4th weekend. The sampling period will follow one of the field schedules described below (specific dates TBD):

  • Weekend sampling: 2 days of training and 12 days of data collection Friday – Sunday for 2 weekend in July and 2 weekends in the first half of August
  • Consecutive sampling: 2 days of training and 12 consecutive days of data collection plus one day off)

This is a paid position, salary commensurate with experience.

Required Qualifications

  • High degree of personal accountability to ensure timely, systematic, and consistent conduct of data collection tasks
  • 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 weather conditions (heat, rain, etc.)
  • Ability to hike on consecutive days on varied and sometimes steep terrain
  • 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
  • Valid driver’s license and personal vehicle

Desired Qualifications

  • Based within “commuting distance” to the High Peaks/ADK Loj area
  • 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

How to Apply

Please direct all inquiries to Abbie Larkin at: or 503-415-2440. Please indicate your availability for one or both of the field schedules outlined above.

The Adirondack Council is posting these positions on behalf of our consultant, Otak. Field technicians will be managed by Otak and will not be employees of the Adirondack Council.

Otak is a planning and design firm with specialized expertise in visitor use management and modeling, and extensive experience leading social science research studies to inform outdoor recreation management and planning across the National Park System and other protected areas. Successful candidates for this temporary position will be employed by Otak and will have the opportunity to work alongside Ph.D. and Master’s level researchers and will gain valuable experience with a nationally recognized research consulting firm, as well as knowledge of visitor use management and capacity planning in parks and protected areas.

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