Field Engineer

Sonora, CA
Temporary to Full Time
Entry Level

Kodama Systems is a small forestry company based in Sonora, CA improving forest thinning operations and utilize waste biomass in order to prevent catastrophic wildfire. We’re looking for a hard-working, detail-oriented individual to assist with the development, testing, and implementation of our machinery. Ideal candidates enjoy the outdoors, problem-solving, and working with their hands. This is a great role for someone interested in expanding mechanical engineering competencies and innovating forest management methodologies. 

Job Type: Full-time

Compensation: $62K - $70K per year, plus room and board in the field

Required Experience: 4 years of education and/or working experience

Location: Area around Sonora, CA and Stanislaus National Forest 

Hours: 40+ hours per week

Travel: Required to job sites and will be reimbursed for gas according to company policies

Engineering Duties:

  • Manage Kodama electrical system including lidar, gps, cameras, and e-stop
  • Diagnose electrical, mechanical, and other robotics problems with heavy equipment
  • Work with the Ops team to repair sensors, cameras, and hard-wired system controls 
  • Calibrate sensors and encoders
  • Install hardware and manage cable routing
  • Testing sensor placement and prototyping new hardware
  • Collaborating with the Engineering team on technology modifications and project management

Operations Duties:

  • Perform daily checks and maintenance of project equipment
  • Utilize company vehicles and tools including pick-up trucks, radios, saws, and drills
  • Participate in manual and remote-controlled machine operations
  • Assist with in-forest activities such as scouting, spotting, and surveying
  • Follow company safety protocols during testing and project implementation
  • Hiking and working in forested areas, sometimes in austere environments or during early morning or later evening hours

Desired knowledge: 

  • Mechanical design (e.g. CAD in SolidWorks) 
  • General electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic systems 
  • Sheet metal design 
  • Camera and lidar calibration 
  • Soldering, crimping 
  • Drilling and tapping 


  • Linux and command line 
  • Ethernet networking (e.g. IP configuration) 
  • Robot Operating System (ROS), Gazebo, and Bazel 
  • First Aid / CPR / first responder certifications 
  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Willingness to travel and/or relocate outside of Tuolumne County

Note – due to the volume of inquiries, not all applicants will receive a response.


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