Biodiversity Survey Field Technicians – Oregon State University

Biodiversity Survey Field Technicians – Oregon State University


Seasonal field technicians are needed late April – August to help collect biodiversity data on the Elliott State Forest near Reedsport, Oregon. The crew will be provided field housing on/near the central Oregon coast and will work a 4-10 schedule Mon.-Thurs., often camping on the forest (camping gear will be provided). Pay is $15.50 hourly plus overtime. This is a great opportunity to learn survey methods for a variety of taxa including invertebrate trapping, baited and unbaited trail cameras, acoustic and ultrasonic recording units, vegetation surveys, tree coring, and soil coring. Technicians will need to drive unimproved forest roads near active logging, camp in backcountry areas, conduct biodiversity surveys in a detail-oriented and accurate manner, communicate and work effectively in a team, use good judgement to complete surveys safely and efficiently, and hike on and off-trail up to 8 miles per day while carrying up to 40 lbs of gear in steep, loose, densely vegetated terrain. No prior experience is necessary as technicians will receive thorough training on methods and safety, but an ability and willingness to do physically and mentally demanding work in a safe manner is required.


Minimum qualifications are the ability to work in the U.S., the physical ability to complete the above tasks, the mental ability to do rigorous work in inclement conditions, and the ability and willingness to work safely and effectively in a crew.

Preferred qualifications are a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, field experience in mountainous terrain and the backcountry, experience following scientific protocols, experience as a member of a crew or team, and education or interest in ecology, biodiversity, or forest management.


To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references in a single PDF named LastName_FirstName_ESRFapplicant2022.pdf to Maggie Hallerud (