Job Description: Position duration 3/20/22 – 7/31/22 (start and end dates somewhat flexible)
The Eastern Oregon Sage-Grouse and Raven Project is hiring one technician to assist with multiple aspects of a sage-grouse and raven study in Eastern Oregon. While this position will be based out of Baker City, OR, the technician will operate in a rover capacity to fill in where help is needed across three study sites in eastern Oregon. The technician’s primary duties will be conducting auditory and visual point counts for raptors, corvids, and sagebrush-obligate songbirds, (2) using radio telemetry to track VHF collared sage-grouse hens to locate their nests and broods, and (3) conducting vegetation surveys at sage-grouse nest and brood locations. Secondary duties may include (1) conducting raven nest checks, and (2) assisting with sage-grouse and/or raven capture and banding.
The greater sage-grouse is a species of management and conservation concern in Oregon and faces numerous threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive annual grasses, an increase in high-severity wildfires, and increasing avian predator densities. Our research aims to understand these mechanisms behind Oregon sage-grouse population declines and study the effects of both lethal and non-lethal management of ravens on sage-grouse reproductive success. This data collection is in support of graduate student research and long-term research in conjunction with state and federal agencies.
Study sites are in extremely remote areas of eastern Oregon largely without cell service. Driving 4WD and OHV vehicles and towing small trailers is required. Technicians can expect to hike 3-10 miles/day carrying packs with up to 25lbs of equipment. Weather conditions range from snow/freezing conditions in early spring to 100F+ temperatures by late summer. Technicians will primarily conduct fieldwork by themselves, therefore qualified candidates will be self-motivated, capable of working with little supervision, and have excellent navigation skills. This position will be based out of Baker City, OR, but travel to the other two study sites in Jordan Valley, OR and Juntura, OR is also required.
Housing is provided in the form of project camp trailers, but some camping will be required to complete data collection.
- · 2 years of college level courses in wildlife biology, rangeland ecology, or related field -OR- 2 years of demonstrated experience assisting with field research
- · Must be highly organized, possess a strong work ethic, and be capable of working both independently and as part of a team
- · Ability to work in inclement weather and live/work in remote conditions
- · Ability to safely navigate in remote areas using topographic maps, compass, and GPS
- · Capable of hiking up to 10 miles off trail in rugged terrain carrying up to 25 lbs of equipment
- · Flexibility in work schedule and duties
- · Valid Driver’s License
- · Satisfactory Criminal History Check
- · Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Rangeland Ecology, or related field.
- · Experience driving 4WD vehicles and ATVs/UTVs
- · Experience towing and backing up trailers/campers
- · Ability to identify Western birds by sight and sound
- · Experience with bird capture and handling
- · Experience using radio telemetry to track wildlife
- · Experience working in the sagebrush steppe
- · CPR/First Aid Certified
- · Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity
TO APPLY, please submit an application through the following link on OSU’s website: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/129625. (Note: the job posting through this link is a single listing for three different position types, so duties and start and end dates may look a bit different). Please indicate in your answer to supplemental question #3 which of the three position types you are applying to (Raven/PC Tech, Avian Field Tech, and/or Non-Lethal Management Tech) and your preferred location.
Questions about the position or application process can be emailed to Stephanie LeQuier and Richard Rich (firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com). DO NOT email resumes or cover letters. ONLY APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED THROUGH THE OSU WEBSITE WILL BE CONSIDERED. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable applicants are found.