ASSISTANT FIELD CREW LEADER NEEDED FOR FOREST POLLINATOR RESEARCH led by Dr. Jim Rivers and Rachel Zitomer (https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fpeople.forestry.oregonstate.edu%2Fjim-rivers%2Fpeople&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7Cfa95fa37c876498e1a2508d79fecf518%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637153712389443016&sdata=IfogSO5Ixm30y71VxgfHY2WOTptmWvF7eX8mZ8PQgZs%3D&reserved=0) in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.
The objective of this research is to assess how space use and abundance of native bumble bees are affected by landscape characteristics in intensively managed forests using genetic capture-recapture techniques. Research assistants will conduct field work in managed forests to sample bumble bees and assess floral resources. Duties will consist of:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ collecting wild pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps, non-lethal tissue samples)
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ identifying native and exotic flowering plant species
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ measuring plant community, environmental, and management-related variables
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ labeling and organizing sampled specimens
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ entering data
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ coordinating work with field crew leader
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ working with two undergraduate student research assistants and leading by example with respect to correct performance of tasks, safety, conduct, and work ethic
Field work will take place in the rugged and scenic Coast Range of western Oregon and will involve 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.
Position will run approximately 16 weeks (June 1-September 4, 2020). Pay rate is based on previous research experience with range of $500-$620/week. 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 will:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology, botany, or a related field
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Have at least 2 years of field experience (2 season-long field positions=2 years of experience)
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Demonstrate clear evidence of leadership and/or supervisory experience
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Have a driverÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s license and a clean driving record
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Be able to harmoniously live, work and problem-solve as part of a team
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Be able to maintain a positive disposition and high quality of work under challenging field conditions
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Be able to carefully and accurately record and enter field data
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Have a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting
Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with insect collection, are familiar with Oregon flora, and/or have previous experience with ecological field work, especially in challenging terrain. In addition, successful applicants will:
To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF containing (1) a cover letter addressing the candidateÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s qualifications as they relate to the specific duties described in the position description; (2) a full-length CV or resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone) of three references. This document should be emailed to Rachel Zitomer at oregonpollinatorcrew[at]gmail[dot]com with ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚ÂœBombus Crew 2020ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â in the subject line by February 15, 2020.