Pollinator and Vegetation Sampling Technicians – Oregon

National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc.

Job Description

Position:       Wildlife Biologist I – Pollinator (2 positions)

Reports to:     Sr. Research Scientist – Western Forest Wildlife Ecologist

Work Week:      40-45 hours per week to meet work demands

Revised:        February 13, 2020

Duty Station:   Western Oregon

Duration:       Position dependent: April 15 – October (not to exceed 6 months)

Salary:         Hourly, non-exempt position $13.27 – $14.43 per hour commensurate with experience

Field work will take place in the rugged and scenic Coast Range of western Oregon. Work will involve physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, cold, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, logging slash, stinging insects, hazardous plants), potentially 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 managed forest stands, quantifying floral resources, and entering data.

Essential Job Functions:

1.      Use forest survey equipment (e.g. hypsometers, GPS) to collect detailed vegetation/habitat measurements and information at multiple study sites.

2.      Position will require working outdoors in inclement weather, often in recently harvested forest stands.  Must be able to carry heavy gear (30+ lbs.) on steep slopes with challenging field conditions.  Must be able to get to and work from several remote locations throughout Oregon, drive unimproved forest roads, read maps, navigate through a forested landscape, and relate well with the public.

3.      Gather data using specific protocols, enter in either phones, tablets or Excel.

4.      Willingness to have a flexible work schedule and travel between study locations. The ability to camp outdoors overnight at designated camp sites is required.

5.      Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others toward meeting the goals of the National Council of Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI).

6.      Develop a familiarity with NCASI’s mission, policies, practices, and procedures.

7.      Become acquainted with the environmental issues of the forest products industry.

8.      Read, absorb, process, and communicate complex information.

Additional Responsibilities:

1.      Undertake additional activities as assigned by Supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications:

1.      Knowledge of Pacific Northwest plants, including tree, shrub and forb species.

2.      Prior experience with insect collection (e.g., netting bees) and sampling pollinators in a field setting.

3.      Experience identifying plants using field guides such as Pojar and MacKinnon (2004) and taxonomic keys like Hitchcock and Cronquist (1973).

4.      Senior standing as an undergraduate (>3 years college education and >2 seasons prior field work) or a degree in a biological sciences discipline or related environmental field with a focus on entomology, animal ecology, or botany.

5.      Must have driving record which can be approved by Federal Agencies to drive government vehicles and be insured at standard rates.

6.      Basic data entry experience (Microsoft Excel).

Additional Desired Qualifications:

1.      Prior land navigation and field experience.

2.      Successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation.

3.      Track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting.

4.      Knowledge of bees and/or hoverflies in the Oregon coast range

To Apply:  Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Laurie Clark, NCASI, 8769 Hwy 42, Tenmile, OR 97481, preferably delivered electronically to: lclark@ncasi.org with “Pollinator Crew Application – Bio 1” in the subject line.  Applicant review will begin February 28, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.