Just saw this thread in the Newsletter which means I'm late, but there's one question left somewhat unanswered.
How easy is it to find temporary/seasonal jobs like this?
The site https://www.usajobs.gov
has thousands of government jobs. Set up an account, log in and go to the job search filter page. Type in your desired job title, scientist, bio-tech, whatever. Use keywords like Botany, fish, wildlife, invasive weeds, weeds, hydrology, soil, whatever may pertain to your field. Pick all gov't agencies that apply: DOI,FS(Forest Service),USDA,DEPT.of AG, BLM, BIA, there's more. The gov't is acronym happy, get used to it. The resume, you probably know the rest!
Funding for the National Parks is low and may get worse, I haven't seen anything yet, but as of late there were plenty of jobs in the invasive weed control area. If that could work for a season it's a good way to learn the ropes in the park system. The job description will detail the work.
Next the finances:
Not wanting to sit around and watch tomatoes grow yet, after selling my business of 37 years I took some temp jobs for 3 different seasons over 4 years. Two in National Parks and one in a National Forest as a Botany boi-tech.
Living in a 25', hitch to bumper 1997 dynamite Safari Airstream. The wife was there most of the time. More than enough room, great times.
National Parks offer if available, hook-ups in the park, usually in the VIP section for sometimes very reasonable rates. National Forests may not, don't know about all of them. An alternative to this is both agencies offer housing, bunk house and or apartment style. The quality of housing depends, it ranges from funky to secluded compounds with rivers running through them!
For the dog, being tied up all day outside in a National Park would be like a worm on a hook for the parks wildlife.
The housing alternative would give you a chance to see if working for Uncle Sam is right for you or could s l o w l y build up the bank account. Entry level GS5 or 6 with an education and no previous federal experience is low. But being in the wilderness every day surrounded by what you love, money can't buy.
You may be semi-retired, which a lot of this becomes mute or fresh out of college with tuition bills and then trailer payments. Watch the debt burden!
Quote: "I am against the man who skins the land" Teddy Roosevelt