FOREST POLLINATOR FIELD TECHNICIANS (4) needed during summer 2023 for a large-scale project that is evaluating the response of native bee communities to fuel-reduction treatments within managed forest landscapes. This work is being led by Dr. Jim Rivers and Megan Sampognaro in the Forest Animal Ecology Laboratory

Positions Available: 4 crew members

Location: Northern California

Start Date: 05/08/2023

End Date: 08/11/2023

Last Date to Apply: Open until filled, applications reviewed on a rolling basis

Field Assistant 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; camping for up to a week; driving on logging roads; and navigating through difficult forest terrain likely without cell service. Field safety training will be provided.

Primary duties of crew members will consist of:

-Collecting wild bees using a variety of techniques (netting, traps)

-Quantifying floral resources

-Quantifying nesting habitat

-Assisting with daily routine, tasks, and checklists

-Data collection and entry on a daily basis

-Assisting with additional project-related duties as needed.

-Communicating with other crew members and leads to make sure tasks are completed

Pay rate is based on prior experience and is $620-$680/week. We provide free housing, including utilities for the full duration of the position, as well as free project-related transportation.

Field Assistant Qualifications:

Successful applicants will have an interest and/or experience in entomology, animal ecology or a related field. Experience can come from employment, classes, volunteer work, etc. Please highlight in your application if you have experience with insect collection and identification, previous experience sampling pollinators in field settings, or if you are familiar with Northern California flora. Most importantly, 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.

Skills you will gain:

-Sampling methods for pollinators and their floral communities

-Plant and insect identification skills

-Working in a team environment

-Safely navigating in backcountry terrain without cell service

-Data entry and data management

-Maintenance and troubleshooting of equipment

-Field safety

To apply: Email a single PDF that consists of (1) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, (2) a full-length resume or CV, and (3) the name, email, and phone number of 3 references to with 2023 Pollinator Crew Applications in the subject line. Positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.¯

Oregon State University and the College of Forestry is an equal-opportunity employer. As such, we promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our research. We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, ethnicity, orientation, or gender identity