Field Technician Resume Template

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Odell Backham

Address: 86018, Parks, AZ
Email address:
Phone number: 999-999-0000

Work Experience

04/2017 - Present, Animal Caretaker/Facilities Maintenance, Grand Canyon Deer Farm, Williams, AZ

Responsible for the well being of hundreds of animals representing dozens of species. Daily duties include administering medications, feeding/watering, herding, mucking, assisting with birthing complications, euthanizing.

Maintenance responsibilities include construction upkeep of facilities, maintain all plumbing (gas and water) and electrical systems, remodeling animal pens and enclosures, and landscape management. Daily use of farm tractors and various ATVs.

10/2016 - Present, Field Technician - Department of Forestry, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Create and maintain 50 acre common garden plots from scratch in remote areas throughout the Western United States. Collaborate with NFS, USFWS, BLM, Military, ID State Parks, UT Division of Wildlife Resources, AZ Game and Fish, CA Fish and Wildlife staff with data collection logistics and garden implementations.

Data collection obtained utilizing GIS with Sub meter GPS; LI-COR Soil Gas Flux systems, and various handheld measuring instruments.

Other duties:

  • Installation and maintenance of large scale remote irrigation systems
  • GPS plotting
  • Fence installation (barbed wire, chain link)
  • Augering/Tree planting (Sagebrush, Fremont Cottonwood, Long Leaf Cottonwood, Box Elder, Coyote Willow, Tamarisk)
  • Operation of heavy machinery (bulldozers, excavators)
  • Obtain plant clippings for propagation

Endless list of "while you're out there" list of responsibilities met.

10/2016 - Present, Substitute Teacher, Flagstaff Unified School District, Flagstaff, AZ
08/2009 - 08/2016, Internship Coordinator, High Tech High International, San Diego, CA

Internships: Directed annual program of individualized, full-time, internships for 100 11th graders each school year.

Examples include: NOAA, wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organizations, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Natural History Museum Botany, Herpetology, Paleontology, and Entomology Departments, UCSD Biomedical Engineering Department, UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, U.S. Navy, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, Living Coast Discovery Center, Ocean Discoveries Institute, and other organizations in England, Hawaii, and Ecuador.

Used word processing, database and spreadsheet software, and printers and scanners to create, copy, edit, store, retrieve, document, print and store all documents and standard reports involved in creating and managing an internship program for 100 11th graders each year over the course of seven years.

08/2005 - 08/2016, International Immersion Trip Coordinator/Trip Leader, High Tech High International, San Diego, CA

International Immersion Programs: Developed, managed, chaperoned and travelled with 15-30 high school students on one to two week educational trips abroad. Coordinated travel logistics, managed finances, liaised with parents and tour guides, provided 24/7 chaperoning. Collaborated with non-profit organizations to incorporate service learning:

  • Egypt, 2009: SCUBA certification, diving in the Red Sea, trekking in remote areas with Bedouin, and meetings with political prisoners in Cairo.
  • Australia, 2011: wildlife rehabilitation, remote and rural home stays and immersion learning with an Aboriginal tribe, and construction of individual didgeridoos.
  • Thailand, 2013: kayaking the Gulf of Thailand, rubber plantation experience, home stays and immersion learning at an orphanage for high school children in rural Thailand, silk screening, and archeological exploration of Buddhist ruins.
08/2004 - 06/2008, Special Education Resource Specialist, High Tech High, San Diego, CA

Assisted mild/moderate high school students at a free, public charter high school in their academic and social endeavors at school. Created and implemented student IEP/504 plans. Collaborated with parent/guardians, teachers and administrators on ensuring the success of students on my caseload.

08/2002 - 08/2005, Special Education Teacher, San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA

High school Resource Specialist and Integrated Life Skills teacher.


Biological Sciences Teacher, Grades K-12, Arizona, California, Virginia
Music Performance Teacher, Grades K-12, Arizona, California
CPR & First Aid Training, exp. 10/26/2018
11/2016, Desert Tortoise Council Field Techniques


2016 - present, Desert Tortoise Field Technician, AZ Game & Fish, Tonto National Forest
2012 - 2016, Field Data Collection: Fairy Shrimp, Piping Plover. Fire Moisture Sampling, U. S. Navy, San Diego
2013 - 2016, President, Colina del Sol Neighborhood Association/Refugee Center, San Diego

Led a neighborhood association group with police officers and city counselors in a demographically and socioeconomically diverse community. Planned local events and community outreach events with neighbors and city officials and SDPD.

1997 - 2000, Animal Caretaker: Invertebrates, Small Mammals, National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.


05/1999 - 08/2000, MA Math & Science Education, Virginia Tech
08/1990 - 05/1995, BS Oceanography, Coastal Carolina University


Exploring distant lands
Getting lost in a good book
Capturing moments
Feeling the music
Every kind of sport


Position Overview:

Field Technician

Field Technician’s primary responsibilities can be summarised into three activities. The first is providing service and customer support during field visits. Second, managing on-site maintenance and repairs. Third, finding the things that need repairs and fixing, and determine proper solutions to address the issues. Field Technicians have to be technically and manually apt to perform all the tasks that they are asked to fulfill. Knowledge of power tools and some basic engineering is definitely something that employers would be on the lookout for. More environmentally based employers will also seek out skills which relate to survival in nature, not just because it would be useful in a crisis, but because they could make for a better guide to people.

Company Overview:
US National forest service

The United States Forest Service is an agency of the US Department of Agriculture which administers the country’s 154 natural forests and grasslands. That makes up for about 25% of all federal lands. Born from Theodore Roosevelt’s conservation group in 1875, the agency takes care of natural sites across the united states as well as conducts invaluable research into the American wilderness. Working at an interesting site as part of this organization is bound to be an enriching and fulfilling experience especially in light of the environmental turmoil going on all over the world. That said, this workplace probably isn’t for people who do not like the outdoors all that much.

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How to write your own Field Technician resume?

1. Showcase enthusiasm not just through your work experience

Technical work, especially the kind which requires one to keep an audience entertained through touring, and doing maintenance work, requires a lot of patience, maybe even sacrifice. Hence, it falls on the employer to hire individuals who really seem like they are willing to do the job and will not leave after being a little frustrated.

They will look for employees who have been seen to go the extra mile and worked on something they are passionate about even if it did not mean payment. Volunteering activities or some kind of research assistance should definitely be on your resume.

Field Technician Resume Volunteering Example

  • Desert Tortoise Field Technician / (2016 – present), Toronto National Forest

  • Field Data Collection: Fairy Shrimp, Piping Plover Fire Moisture Sampling / (2012 – 2016), U.S. Navy

2. Point out the possession of skills specific for the job

Going in the spirit of making this resume about one’s skills and adaptability to the profession, it would be good to mention the more ‘specific’ skills for what you wish to be doing. 

Working for a foresting agency, for example, one could show that they had gained CPR certification for cases when either visitors or other employees may pass out. Anything that could help with oral explanations necessary for touring a forest, like teaching training, would also be a plus.

Field Technician Resume Certificates Example

  • Biological Sciences Teacher, Grades K-12 / Arizona, California, Virginia 

  • Music Performance Teacher, Grades K-12 / Arizona, California 

  • CPR & First Aid Training / exp. 10/26/2030

  • Desert Tortoise Council Field Techniques / 11/2016

3. List any talking points with which you could engage visitors

Apart from providing content that is relevant to a visitor’s experience, it is good to lighten up the atmosphere by talking about something loosely or completely unrelated to what you are doing. 

Listing your hobbies or favorite free-time activities on your resume will signal the person hiring you that you have things which you like to point out and potentially have a conversation with. Guests that will catch on will appreciate it and hopefully keep communicating with you in a more friendly way. That means they are likely more engaged to the main things you are saying.

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