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  • Avian Point Count/Non-Lethal Management Technicians (2) – Oregon

    Stephanie LeQuier
    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: Juntura, OR (1); Jordan Valley, OR (1)
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/15/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position duration 3/15/22 – 7/15/22 (start date is somewhat flexible)


    Two technicians are needed to conduct avian point counts, survey for roadkill along county roads, and assist with greater sage-grouse capture in Eastern Oregon. The purpose of this position is to provide data on methods of non-lethal management of ravens in greater sage-grouse priority areas for conservation (PACs). The Juntura based technician will document all roadkill found. The Jordan Valley based technician will be documenting and removing all roadkill found and taking it outside of the PACs. Both technicians will also conduct auditory and visual point counts for raptors, corvids, and sagebrush-obligate songbirds along roadsides and at randomly selected sites in eastern Oregon. In addition to the above duties, technicians will assist the graduate student and faculty research assistant with the capture of greater sage-grouse hens at the beginning of the season. This data collection is in support of two PhD projects and long-term research in conjunction with state and federal agencies.


    Study areas are in extremely remote areas of Eastern Oregon largely without cell service. Driving 4WD vehicles is required. The Jordan Valley technician will also be required to tow a small dump trailer for hauling roadkill. This position requires long hours spent driving on dirt roads and highways. Weather conditions range from snow/freezing conditions in early spring to 100F+ temperatures by late summer. Some night work will be required when trapping for grouse. 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.


    Housing is provided in the form of project camp trailers. Some camping will be required to complete data collection.


    Location: Juntura, OR (1); Jordan Valley, OR (1)


    Salary: $15.21-$21.12/hr DOE




    ·      High School Diploma or equivalent

    ·      2 years of college level courses in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, or equivalent -OR- 2 years of demonstrated experience assisting with field research

    ·      Valid Driver’s License

    ·      Satisfactory Criminal History Check



    ·      Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Natural Resources, Zoology, or related field.

    ·      Experience driving 4WD vehicles

    ·      Experience towing trailers/campers

    ·      Able to identify Western birds by sight and sound

    ·      Capable of navigating in remote landscapes using topographic maps, compass, GPS, and Avenza Maps

    ·      CPR/First Aid Certified

    ·      Self-motivated and capable of working independently



    To apply, please submit ONE PDF document containing your cover letter, resume, and list of 3 professional references to Stephanie LeQuier (dinkins.lab.osu@gmail.com). Subject line of email should read: "YourLastName_Non-Lethal Management Technician". Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until suitable applicants are found.

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