Turnstone is looking for a hard-working, independent, and reliable field biologist to conduct surveys for northern spotted owls & the marbled murrelet. This position is considered full-time seasonal and will take place on federal, state, and private lands in beautiful Oregon. Spotted owl field work will run from late March through June, switch to marbled murrelet surveys in July, then finish up the season surveying for spotted owls once again. This position gives an opportunity to experience the height of each respective species’ survey season. Spotted owl surveys include searching known owl nesting sites to determine occupancy, nesting, and reproductive success. There will be some day work during the month of April focused on activity center searches, and primarily night work will occur in late April, May and June conducting callback surveys. As the season progresses toward summer, experience the peak of marbled murrelet season when the birds are most active, and the survey effort is most critical. Hike through the beautiful coastal range and experience the forest as it wakes up, listening and watching for one of the most unique seabirds of the region.
Full-season project commitment is necessary from mid-April to early August 2022, with the possibility of extension and/or earlier start depending on project needs. Mandatory marbled murrelet training and surveyor certification will be held in Northern California in June prior to the start of marbled murrelet surveys. Surveyors will be stationed in the Medford area during the early season and around Astoria, Coos Bay, Corvallis, Forest Grove, Nehalem, McMinnville, and Tillamook for the murrelet season. Occasional camping may be needed, and technicians will need to supply their own personal camping gear. The company is committed to a safe workplace and will have a variety of measures in place in response to COVID-19. In compliance with state or federal guidelines, Turnstone may require vaccinations for resident employees.
Please note that opportunity to take leave for non-emergency reasons during the summer season is limited and should be discussed when interviewing for the position. Opportunities to work on other projects after the end of the murrelet season may be available for the excellent employee. Salary is $2650-3350/month (equivalent of $15.29 – 19.33/hr), depending on experience. Field housing at no cost to the employee may be provided for the duration of work, depending on the project. Occasional camping is expected. A work vehicle will be provided, however, if you choose to use appropriate personal vehicle for project activities, you will be reimbursed via a monthly stipend of $1000.
Job duties: Surveys follow an exacting protocol, and surveyors will be required to work independently during various times of the day and night (non-daylight) hours in remote forested areas. The work involves extensive solo travel, hiking off-trail (occasionally in the dark), navigating forest terrain and road systems, enduring regular periods of inclement weather and working multiple days in a row (some weekend work will be required). Daily duties include but are not limited to; daytime hiking and follow-up surveys, nighttime call and response surveys, trail/road clearing, GPS use and basic orienteering, submitting collected survey data and observation maps, checking in with project management, attending crew meetings, maintaining a timesheet and vehicle mileage log.
Minimum Requirements: Preferred applicants would have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a closely related field and at least one year of field experience is strongly preferred. Owl or avian survey experience is not required if the applicant has strong field skills, basic bird identification skills, and an interest in avian biology. An ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics:
· Be comfortable hiking and working solo in the field daily during daylight and nighttime hours.
· Excellent time and data management/organization skills.
· A consistent track record of working in a safe and efficient manner.
· Proficiency using a compass, GPS and topographic map to navigate.
· Excellent physical condition, with the ability to tackle the rigors of field work, comfortable hiking alone off-trail in steep and variable terrain and underbrush in the dark and/or in
· Experience living and working in rural and remote field and office settings.
· Working knowledge of western bird identification (or willingness to learn) by sight and sound.
· The ability and willingness to spend long hours in the field and work odd hours, including late nights and very early mornings.
· Integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols.
· The ability to record accurate and reliable field data.
· Ability to adapt to sudden changes in work schedules due to weather conditions, survey results, and other variables.
· Basic computer skills: Microsoft suite (Access, Word, Excel), Garmin Basecamp software, manage digital data forms and cloud files, and general computer knowledge. Knowledge
of the Avenza mobile app a plus.
· Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently while living as part of a team.
· A valid state-issued driver’s license with clean driving record and the ability to navigate forest roads of variable condition and operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle.
· Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, proof (hearing screen results) may be required prior to the start of work.
To apply, please complete an application and prepare a resume and cover letter to be submitted through the employment section of our website. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Don’t wait to apply!
Turnstone is committed to building a diverse team where differences are valued and respected. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.