Field Engineering Technician

Sonora, CA
Temporary to Full Time
Entry Level

Kodama Systems is a small forestry company based in Sonora, CA improving forest thinning operations and utilizing waste biomass. We’re looking for a motivated individual to assist with the development, testing, and implementation of novel forms of forest machinery. Ideal candidates enjoy the outdoors, problem-solving, and working with their hands. This is a great role for someone who is looking to develop or expand their mechanical competencies and is interested in the intersection of technology and forest operations.

Education or Experience: 1-2 years of education and/or working experience
Location: Area around Stanislaus National Forest
Travel: Required to job sites, mileage reimbursement included; option to have room and board provided in the Sonora Area 
Hours: 40+ hrs per week
Compensation: $20-25/hr, depending upon experience,

Valid Driver’s License Required 


  • Operating a remote-controlled and semi-autonomous log skidder
  • Deploying and troubleshooting novel technology related to autonomous heavy machinery, site-connectivity, and novel logging systems
  • Coordinate operational schedules with company personnel and loggers
  • Organize and maintain a hardware and tool inventory
  • Daily checks and maintenance of heavy machinery and tools
  • Driving pick-up trucks on dirt roads and trailering
  • Troubleshooting and repairing small engines, heavy equipment, and/or vehicles.
  • Manage the daily set-up and breakdown of a project site and carry out associated logistics
  • Field record-keeping and note-taking to aid in technology development
  • Hiking and working in a forested area, often in austere environments
  • Occasionally lifting heavy objects
  • Clearly communicating on the ground scenarios to remote personnel
  • Follow and contribute to company guidelines and safety protocols
  • Troubleshoot site connectivity/wifi

Desired knowledge: 

  • Heavy equipment operation and maintenance
  • General electrical, mechanical, and hydraulic system competencies
  • Knowledge of forest or agricultural operations
  • Demonstrated experience maintaining a calendar and coordinating groups of people
  • Trailering and towing
  • Experience operating power tools


  • First Aid/CPR/First responder certifications
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely on a construction site, forest, factory, or mill
  • Certifications related to automotive mechanics, welding, metal fabrication, OSHA workplace, or heavy equipment operation
  • Chainsaw and other forest or wildland fire operations certifications
  • Ability to speak Spanish
  • Willingness to travel or relocate based on needs of the company

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


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