Sagebrush system field technician positions

We seek three full-time, temporary technicians in fire, wildlife, and sagebrush ecology with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. The research project site is at the Phillip W. Schneider Wildlife Area (PWSWA), near Dayville, OR. Daily work will primarily be vegetation surveys to quantify the changes following fire and post-fire restoration treatments in sagebrush communities, small mammal trapping, maintenance and observations for seed dispersal experiments, and data entry. Position is based out of OSU, but no housing is provided in Corvallis because less than 1 day will be spent there. However, transportation to field sites and primitive (ranch house) accommodations on site will be provided. Daily field conditions can be challenging, including varying weather and fire conditions, encounters with venomous reptiles, and remote and semi-primitive group living conditions at base camp.

Hourly Wage: $13/hour

Dates of Employment: Preferred start date will be May 17, 2019 but start date is somewhat negotiable. Field season can be expected to last up to 10 weeks

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree in progress in Fisheries and Wildlife, Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related biological discipline. Abilities/Knowledge/Skills: Basic knowledge of ecological principles and systematic data collection as well as basic computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Impeccable habits in data collection, recording, quality-checking and data entry. Willingness and ability to spend long days in the field in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions, hike up to several miles with a 30-pound pack, camp in a field setting occasionally, and to be away from duty station (Corvallis, OR) for several weeks at a time. Ability to live and work effectively as a member of a team sharing a project base camp. Position requires a commitment to completing required animal handling training modules prior to field season and willingness to handle small mammals.

Desirable Qualifications: Current driver’s license and ability to drive an ATV and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Driving record subject to OSU review for approval to drive university and agency vehicles.Experience collecting biological data in a field setting. Prior training and/or experience in ethical live trapping procedures as applied to small mammals. Organizational, communication, and leadership skills with an ability to independently manage multiple task simultaneously. Resourceful in developing practical solutions to daily challenges. Knowledge of sagebrush ecosystems. Experience with issues surrounding rangeland or fire. Experience using GIS tools.

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Upload your (1) resume or CV, (2) a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum, and where applicable, desirable qualifications, (3) contact information for 3 references, and (4) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine). Applications for full consideration due by March 8, 2019. Position closes March 15, 2019.

Direct questions to: Dr. Jake Dittel: