Turnstone is a small, locally-owned environmental consulting firm. We help our clients protect and manage shared natural resources with solutions that are practical, forward thinking, and built on a foundation of good science. We are passionate, motivated, and team-oriented professionals who all started as seasonal field technicians ourselves and now strive to be leaders in the wildlife field. '
Turnstone is currently hiring 2-3 field biologists and one field crew leader to conduct avian and mollusk surveys in NW Oregon. These positions are considered full-time seasonal. Surveys will be conducted for the marbled murrelet, a threatened species of seabird that nests primarily in coastal old growth forests, and a variety of terrestrial mollusk (snail and slug) species. Surveys for both follow an exacting protocol, and surveyors will be required to work independently during both pre-dawn and daytime hours in remote areas. The work involves extensive travel, hiking off-trail in the dark (occasionally long distances), navigating forest terrain, and enduring regular periods of inclement weather.
Surveyors will be stationed in or near Willamina, Oregon. Positions begin early to mid-April and run through late July, with the possibility of extension. Training and surveyor certification will be held prior to the start of surveys. Opportunities to work on other projects after the end of the season may be available for the excellent employee. Salary is $2350-3200/month, depending on experience and position. Free field housing is provided for the duration of work, with the potential for occasional camping. A company-owned work vehicle will be provided; surveyors that use a personal vehicle for project activities will be reimbursed via a monthly stipend of $750.
Applicants should have a completed B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a closely-related field. A minimum of one year of field experience is strongly preferred. Marbled murrelet and/or terrestrial mollusk field survey experience is highly desirable but not required if the applicant has self-motivation, enthusiasm for the project goals and learning and/or improving identification skills, and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work and the unique demands of living in a group setting. A portion of the daily work is pre-dawn and all of the work can be physically and mentally demanding. An ideal candidate will possess all of the following characteristics:
- A consistent track record of working in a safe and efficient manner.
- Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map-reading skills.
- Avid hikers with an ability to tackle the rigors of field work who are comfortable hiking alone in off-trail terrain in the dark and/or inclement weather.
- Working knowledge of western bird identification by sight and sound.
- The ability and willingness to spend long hours in the field and work odd hours, including early morning.
- Integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols.
- The ability to record accurate, legible and reliable field data.
- Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team.
- A valid driver’s license and the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4WD vehicle.
- Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, with required proof (hearing screen results) to be submitted prior to the start of work.
Successful candidates will gain outstanding experience in field ornithology, endangered species surveys, and advanced field skills, and get a chance to see what a lifelong career in environmental consulting could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest! To apply, please complete an application through the employment section of our website. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. These positions will remain open until filled, but application review and hiring is underway.