Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest (Summer 2017)
Overview: A crew leader and three crew positions are available this summer to collect data for the Pacific Northwest Permanent Sample Plot Program (http://pnwpsp.forestry.oregonstate.edu), one of the longest-running research projects of its kind in the world. Our objective is to understand the patterns and mechanisms of long-term forest dynamics. The field crew will take measurements on trees and understory vegetation across a diversity of forest types in Oregon and Washington. We seek individuals who are detail-oriented, able to follow complex data-collection procedures, have legible handwriting, enjoy working as part of a team, and can live cooperatively with others.
Duties: Field crew members will (a) navigate to permanent plots using topographic maps and GPS; (b) identify herbaceous and woody plants to species; (c) estimate percent cover of plants; (d) measure tree diameters and heights; (e) tag, measure and map tree regeneration; (f) document tree mortality; and (g) record and check data for completeness and clarity.
Logistics: Crew will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ near Blue River, Oregon, where housing is provided. Some camping will also be necessary for sites located in Washington. Positions will last 13-15 weeks starting June 19, 2017. Applicants with previous experience may perform lead work.
– Enrolled in or graduated from a program in forestry, botany, natural resources, environmental science or closely related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
– Experience collecting forest inventory data and navigating off-trail using compass, map and GPS.
– Skilled in plant identification.
– Able to work productively for long hours in rugged terrain and variable weather conditions.
– Demonstrated ability to work independently and with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
– Organized, self-motivated and detail oriented.
– Field experience identifying herbaceous and woody plant species and using taxonomic keys.
– Strong familiarity with the flora of the Cascade Mountains or the proven ability to quickly learn plants.
– Familiarity with basic vegetation measurement tools and methods.
– Knowledge of and experience in identifying causes of tree mortality.
– First-aid training.
– A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Salary: $14-$16/hour, depending on qualifications and experience
Job duration: June 19, 2017 to mid- or late-September (13-15 weeks)
Application closing date: Sunday, March 5, 2017
Application process depends on student status. You are considered a student if you are enrolled for at least 6 credits in spring and intend to take at least 6 credits in the fall.
– Students: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/37884 or go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/ and search for posting P01730SE.
– Non-students: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/38456 or go to https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/ and search for posting P00763CT
– To apply, create account, click on “Apply for this Job,” and follow the instructions.
– FMI: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University (firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>)