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  • Field crew intern (2) and technicians (2) for a long-term forest bird monitoring study at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest

    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/20/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Position period: from 10 May - 20 July 2020.

    Location: H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon (http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/)

    Description of the project: This research project is done by the Betts Landscape Ecology Lab at Oregon State University (http://www.fsl.orst.edu/flel/index.htm). This study continues long-term monitoring of the forest bird community in the Andrews montane system. In this field season, our research has two main goals: 1. Investigating the influences of climate and habitat on forest bird distributions, by collecting long-term data on forest bird occurrence and abundance, microclimate (temperature), and vegetation data. 2. And we are also investigating migration connectivity and movement of Hermit Warblers, using geolocators and radio telemetry. In addition to the main goals, we may have few other smaller scale projects related to arthropod prey availability and predation rates of lepidopteran larvae.

    Duties include: 1) learn and conduct avian point count surveys along transects through forest and on dirt roads, 2) learn and assist songbird trapping, taking biometrics, tagging and tracking birds with radio telemetry unit, 3) downloading and maintenance of temperature loggers, 4) learn and conduct vegetation surveys around point count stations, 5) assist and conduct other smaller preliminary projects, 6) and lastly, the most important data entry and error checking.

    These positions require hiking in mountainous terrain on/off trails, travel on dirt roads by 4WD vehicle (valid driving license and clean record needed), very early mornings, and working outside for extended periods in cold and wet (or hot and dry) conditions.

    What is required to apply:


    Applicants should have a strong work ethic, be self-motivated, and comfortable with working in remote areas alone. Being a team player is necessary for group work/living situation. We expect applicants to have basic knowledge on avian ecology and biology. Ability to adapt to a variable work schedule is also necessary. Our transects are in steep mountain slopes and across valleys with old-growth forest towering 200 feet or more. Point count experience and identification skills for birds of the Pacific Northwest by sight and sound are preferred, as well as previous bird-handling skills are preferred. But the motivation to learn and conduct these processes are most required. Only current college and university students (and who maintain the student status until the end of the position) are eligible for INTERN POSITION



    On top of all requirements for intern position, except for the current college and university enrollment condition, we expect technicians to be able to conduct point counts independently on arrival. Knowledge and capability of conducting bird point counts, bird identification skills, and ability to traverse steep, vegetation-thick terrain is necessary.


    What is provided: 

    Apartment-style housing is provided at the HJ Andrews with shared rooms for both intern and technician positions. The field station is located in the Willamette National Forest near Blue River, OR and provides access to great hiking and mountain biking trails, swimming holes, and hot springs. Monthly stipend of $1000/month will be provided for interns, and approximately $2,100/month of wage for technicians. The intern position does not provide health care or insurance service, so participants must have their own contract with insurance providers.

    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to Hankyu Kim at (hja.birds AT gmail.com). Send application materials as one document (word or pdf) that has your last name in the document title. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 

    Some aspects of our work have been described by Oregon Public Broadcasting (https://www.opb.org/television/video/songbirds-old-growth-forest/).

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