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    Sage-Grouse Technician - Lakeview, Oregon

    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: Lakeview, Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/15/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Three technicians are needed to assist with research on the response of greater sage-grouse to large-scale juniper removal in the Warner Mountains until July/August 2020. Duties may include, but are not limited to, sage-grouse capturing, lek counts, VHF/UHF telemetry, nest monitoring, brood monitoring, invertebrate sampling, and vegetation sampling to assess forage quality. Working hours are variable (some nights/weekends) but average 40 hours per week. Early morning work is typical throughout the brood-rearing period. Vegetation and invertebrate sampling of tree removal areas will be conducted at various times during the season. Strenuous hiking (up to ~8 miles per day) in inclement conditions (rain, snow, mud, 0-95 degrees F) can be expected. Technicians must be capable of hiking with 85 L packs containing sampling equipment in rugged terrain. Camping during the work week in a remote field setting should be expected. Employees must be able to work under the supervision of a graduate student, but conduct data collection independently in an isolated environment following established protocols with excellent attention to detail. Previous ATV experience is preferred, and technicians must be capable of demonstrating proficiency in loading ATVs into a truck bed. Housing and work vehicles are provided.

    Salary: $12.50 per hour + housing + work vehicle

    Start Date: ~March 20, 2020 (somewhat flexible)



    ·         Bachelor’s degree or working toward a degree in wildlife, range ecology or a related field

    ·         Previous field research experience

    ·         ATV and 4WD experience

    ·         Navigation experience using GPS, map, and compass

    ·         Strong work ethic, drive, and efficiency

    ·         Flexibility in work schedule and duties

    ·         Ability to work both alone and as part of a team in remote settings

    ·         Ability to calmly handle difficult situations (e.g., flat tires, broken ATV’s, stuck vehicles)

    ·         Physically fit and able to lift 50 pounds


    Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas:

    ·         Professional, off-road ATV driving

    ·         Radio telemetry

    ·         Gamebird research (e.g., nest checks, brood surveys, mortality recovery, etc.)

    ·         Vegetation sampling (e.g., line point intercept, Daubenmire, visual obstruction)

    ·         Invertebrate sampling

    ·         Avian spotlighting

    ·         Ability to work in inclement weather and live/work in remote conditions


    To apply, please send a cover letter describing your qualifications, CV, and contact information for at least three references in a single PDF document to kim.haab@gmail.com with “2020 Sage-grouse Technician” in the subject line. This position will be filled as soon as suitable applicants are found. 


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