The Conservation Biology lab  at WSU Vancouver in collaboration with Pacific University is recruiting 4

full-time field technicians to join our team researching the endangered

Oregon silverspot butterfly on the Oregon Coast. We are conducting a

mark-recapture study to understand butterfly dispersal and survival rates

across a network of coast range meadows, as well as concurrent distance

sampling surveys. Work takes place at Mt.Hebo on the Oregon Coast.


  • Daily butterfly surveys, netting and marking adult butterflies
  • Vegetation sampling
  • Data collection via voice recorder, field notes, and GPS
  • Data entry

Dates: July – September. Must be available through mid-September

Schedule: 40 hours/week. Because we never know what days are going to be

“good” days for butterflies – sunny and calm, the weekly schedule may

change according to weather. We do our best to provide technicians with

two-day weekends, but may shift schedules as needed.

Housing: Shared housing and transportation between housing and field sites

is provided

Qualifications: Main qualifications are enthusiasm, flexibility, and

curiosity! Previous experience netting and handling insects and using

binoculars is a plus, but not required. Applicants must be able to work

outside in the elements for long periods of time.

We welcome applicants of all races, gender identities, religions, sexual

orientations, and ages. We believe having a diverse team that can approach

questions from numerous viewpoints makes us all better scientists.

Please submit applications to the Google Form here:


Applications will be reviewed as received and continue until positions are


If you have any questions, please contact Izzy Bur at isabel.bur@wsu.edu.