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  • Biological Sciences Research Technician 2

    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: Blue River or Medford, OR
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/31/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    You must apply online through the Oregon State University jobs page:


    This recruitment will be used to fill 7-11 full-time Seasonal Biological Sciences Research Technician 2 positions for the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU).

    Position Duties    
    85% Field Research including the following duties: 
    Conduct surveys for northern spotted owls. 
    Confirm owl presence and identity by auditory detections and visual observation of color bands. 
    Maintain accurate field notes, care for field equipment and government or rental vehicles.
    Assist with capture and banding of spotted owls. 
    Work with vegetation maps and aerial photographs. 
    Describe vegetation characteristics, floristics, and physiography of owl roost and nest locations. 
    Collect owl pellets to determine food habits. Work closely with personnel of the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, private landowners and other agencies. 
    Other duties as assigned.

    15% Office Work including:
    Data entry, mapping owl locations, maintaining field notes, and coordinating work with crewmates. 
    Participate in on-line training as required.

    Minimum Qualifications    
    Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science) and one year of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Research Technician 1 level; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    Additional Required Qualifications    
    Previous field experience should include orienteering skills including the use of maps, compass, and handheld GPS units. 
    Employees must have good night and color vision and average or above hearing. 
    Ability to operate a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
    This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions.
    This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.

    Preferred (Special) Qualifications    
    Previous experience working on one of the northern spotted owl demography studies.
    Experience capturing, and banding/marking spotted owls.  
    Commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity  
    Record of/commitment to work with underrepresented/underserved students or other audiences.  
    Life experience, education, or training that broadens capacity to equalize student success or impact underserved audiences.

    Working Conditions / Work Schedule    
    This job requires driving government owned or leased vehicles on primitive forest roads and navigating difficult terrain on foot to access owl sites and locate owls during both day and night. The employee works independently and must be able to follow an established protocol to determine nest and reproductive status of owls in the field. The employee also must frequently work alone in remote forest areas and navigate over mountainous terrain. Orienteering skills, including the use of maps, compass, and handheld GPS units are essential to the collection of data in the field. The work is physically strenuous and involves working and hiking in rain, snow, heat, and on steep, brushy slopes. The employee should be comfortable performing these duties at night, well after dark. 

    The full announcement can be found at https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/110808.

    For more information, please contact Steve Ackers (email: ackerss@oregonstate.edu; phone: 541-852-8055) 

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