Two field technician positions – UOregon Great Basin resilience project

FIELD TECHNICIAN: PLANT COMMUNITY ECOLOGY. The Hallett Lab at the University of Oregon is seeking applicants for two paid field technician positions to join a project assessing resilience of perennial rangelands to exotic annual grass invasion in the northern Great Basin. This project is a collaboration between scientists from the University of Oregon and the Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center. Technicians will be expected to establish vegetation transects, measure vegetation cover and density by species, record site characteristics, and collect soil samples, at sites located throughout the northern Great Basin (southeastern Oregon, southern Idaho, and northern Nevada). We will be hiring one lead technician and one assistant technician. The position will begin in late April 2020 and last until the end of July 2020.

Field technicians will travel throughout the northern Great Basin region as a two-person team. The position will require some camping, with accommodations otherwise provided at field stations. Working schedule is negotiable but will likely consist of eight 10-hour days on at a time, six days off. Candidates must be comfortable working for long hours in rugged terrain and challenging weather conditions, navigating off-trail, and carrying heavy backpacks (up to 50 pounds).

Required qualifications:

Valid driver’s license and clean driving record (must be able to qualify to drive a UO motorpool vehicle)

Demonstrated proficiency in plant identification

Demonstrated record of past experience working in rugged field conditions, independently and/or as part of a small team

For the lead technician position: Bachelor’s degree in ecology, botany, environmental science, or a related field

For the assistant technician position: At least 2 years of college-level coursework in ecology, botany, environmental science, or a related field (or equivalent training and experience)

Desired qualifications:

Familiarity with Great Basin flora

Wilderness first aid or first responder certification

For the lead technician: Demonstrated past experience with field crew leadership (or other significant outdoor leadership experience)

To apply:

Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2020. Interested applicants should send a CV, cover letter, and the names of two references to Please include your last name and position (technician) in the subject line. The position will remain open until full. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Questions can be directed to Lauren Hallett ( and details on the position and lab can be found at

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