JOB: Forest pollinator crew leader and field assistants

FOREST POLLINATOR CREW LEADER (1) AND FIELD ASSISTANTS (3) needed during summer 2020 for large-scale project that is quantifying native pollinator communities within managed forests of varying age. This work is being led by Dr. Jim Rivers ( in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and will take place in the rugged and scenic Coast Range Mountains of western Oregon.

Position duties: Field work will consist of physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, cold, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, logging slash, stinging insects, hazardous plants); working long days, including some weekends; driving on logging roads; and navigating through difficult forest terrain. Primary duties of crew members will consist of collecting pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps) in intensively managed forest stands, quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat, undertaking regular data entry, and assisting with additional project-related duties as needed.

Crew leader position runs approximately April 13-August 28, 2020; field assistant positions run approximately April 27-August 28, 2020; there is the potential for some flexibility on start and end dates. Pay rate is based on previous research experience with range of $650-$750/week for crew leader and $500-$620/week for field assistants. We will also provide free housing (including utilities) for the full duration of the position, as well as free project-related transportation.

Qualifications: Successful applicants should have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology or a related field plus a minimum of 2 years of field experience for research assistants (2 season-long field positions = 2 years of field experience) and 3 years of field experience for crew leader. Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with insect collection and identification, have previous experience sampling pollinators in field settings, and who are familiar with Oregon flora. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be able to carry heavy gear (30+ lbs) on steep slopes, be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions, and have a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting. Crew leader applicants should have these qualities as well as demonstrated leadership skills and experience making decisions and communicating effectively under challenging field conditions.

To apply: Email a single PDF that consists of (1) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, (2) a full-length CV or resume, and (3) the name, email, and phone number of 3 references to with “2020 Crew Application” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.

Jim Rivers, Ph.D. | Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology

Dept. Forest Engineering, Resources, and Management

College of Forestry | Oregon State University

Phone: +1 541-737-6581

Forest Animal Ecology Lab

Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project