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    Marbled Murrelet Survey Technician

    Kim Nelson
    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: Oregon Coast Range
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/31/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    One Technician is needed to help conduct surveys on Oregon State Park lands in the central Oregon Coast Range for Marbled Murrelets, a threatened seabird that nests primarily in older-aged forests. Surveys will be focused in known occupied sites or suitable habitat, including looking for nests and identifying murrelet hot spots. Surveys will follow a standardized survey protocol developed by the Pacific Seabird Group. Surveyors will be required to work long hours, in the early morning, hike in the dark (occasionally long distances), endure inclement weather, and navigate extremely challenging forest terrain. The position is exceptionally physically rigorous and requires being flexible with changing schedules and duties. Housing and project-related transportation will be provided, but camping will sometimes be necessary.


    Location: central Oregon Coast

    Salary: $2,500-3,000 per month, depending on qualifications

    Start date: 24 April 2020
    End date: 7 August 2020


    Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a related field AND a minimum of 2 years of field experience working with wildlife. Preference will be given to candidates with prior Marbled Murrelet survey experience, field work in the forests of the Pacific Northwest, and experience with birds and bird calls of the Pacific Northwest. Training and surveyor certification will be held prior to the start of surveys.


    Desired skills include: (1) the ability and willingness to spend long hours in the field (often in inclement weather); (2) the ability and willingness to work during very early morning hours; (3) the ability and willingness to hike in extremely steep terrain; (4) being in good physical condition and being able to hike off-trail; (5) the ability and wiliness to be flexible with changing schedules and duties; (6) orienteering and map-reading skills; (7) the ability to navigate forest roads; (8) the ability to record accurate, legible and reliable field data; (9) a track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner; (10) the ability to work independently and on a team; (11) having a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record; and (12) passing vision and hearing tests.


    To apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (including phone and email contact information) to kim.nelson@oregonstate.edu. Please address each of the qualifications and skills listed above in your cover letter. Please attach these application materials as a single Word or PDF document. Positions will be filled as applications are submitted. Application closing date is 31 March 2020 or until suitable applicants are found.

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