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  • Avian Point Count Technicians

    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/18/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    Position Summary:
    Avian point count technicians (2) needed for a forest management research study. This study aims to understand how bird communities change as forests develop following harvest, in the Oregon Coast Range. The study is a component of a long-term research effort at Oregon State University (OSU) to understand the tradeoffs between forest management and biodiversity conservation. Technicians will receive $2200 - $2450 per month (commensurate with experience). Housing is not provided.

    Specific Duties:
    1.      Conduct avian point count surveys in remote forest stands
    2.      Collect vegetation/habitat data in remote forest stands
    3.      Practice fastidious and detail-oriented data collection and data entry

    Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
    This position will require working outdoors in inclement weather (rain, cold, heat), hiking through recently harvested forest stands, and carrying gear up to 25 lbs. The point count locations are accessed by driving on logging roads by 4WD vehicle. We will work together as a team of three, but actual point count surveys will mostly be conducted alone. The technician will need to practice appropriate risk management for independent remote field work. Because we are counting birds, field days start very early. Data entry will take place in the office following field work. Technicians can be based in Corvallis, Oregon or nearby community.

    Minimum Qualifications:
    1.      Physically fit, motivated, and comfortable working in a remote outdoor setting
    2.      Previous work experience identifying birds by sight and sound
    3.      Commitment to precise data collection and entry
    4.      Adaptable to changing work schedules
    5.      A satisfactory driving record to be approved to drive OSU vehicles.

    Preferred Qualifications:
    1.      Previous work experience identifying birds by sight and sound in the Pacific Northwest 
    2.      Familiarity with birds of the Pacific Northwest
    3.      A Bachelors degree in a biological or environmental science field.

    Application process
    Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses to: Scott Harris, scott.harris@oregonstate.edu. Phone 541.609.0902. Questions are also welcome. Applicant review will begin on February 18, 2019 and continue until the positions are filled.

    May 20, 2019 through July 19, 2019

    Scott Harris
    Graduate Research Fellow
    Forest Biodiversity Research Network
    Oregon State University


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