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  • Steens Wildlife Technician

    • Employer: Oregon State University
      Location: Steens Mountain, Eastern Oregon, USA
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Oregon State University is hiring 1 or 2 seasonal technicians to spend a summer collecting valuable scientific data for a research project in the beautiful and remote Steens Mountains in the Oregon desert. Successful applicants will primarily work on a multi-agency research project assessing songbird abundance and diversity and ungulate use across a variety of habitat types and juniper gradients, with start date of mid to late-May and continuing until August. This project also aims to directly evaluate the songbird response to juniper removal. Successful candidates will gain outstanding theoretical and practical training and experience in wildlife ecology, conservation, and management in the northern Great Basin. These positions are primarily field based and require long hours, often working independently, of hiking and data collection throughout the Steens Mountain area in Oregon’s high desert.

    Position Duties: This will primarily be a field-based job involving irregular work hours and/or days and will include camping in remote locations. These positions are physically demanding, require living and working in isolated areas without internet or reliable cell coverage and with a small group of people. Work will consist of roughly 85% sample collection and processing in the field and lab and 15% data entry and summarization. Field work includes conducting songbird and avian predator (e.g., corvid and raptor) point count surveys, collection of data on habitat characteristics and deployment of game cameras and automated recording units. The position requires long, irregular hours and very early mornings under adverse field conditions (wind, rain, snow, mud). Successful applicants will be required to work in the field individually and in group settings utilizing ATVs, UTVs and/or 4WD trucks and hiking to reach extremely remote survey locations. Study sites are located on Steens Mountain in eastern Oregon.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    Experience with avian point count surveys; identification of western bird species by sight and sound

    Courses/experience with wildlife data collection and sampling methods

    Experience conducting field work in rough terrain

    Experience/training with automated recording units (e.g., swift units) and/or game cameras

    Demonstrated experience/training with ATVs, UTVs, 4WD vehicles, manual transmissions, GPS units (such as inreach units ) and map apps (e.g., Avenza Maps, onX )

    Experience camping and living/working in remote and rural areas

    Potential candidates should be well organized, self-motivated, and able to perform duties independent of direct supervision

    Possess a current, valid driver’s license: a driver’s license required to drive provided OSU field vehicle to commute to remote research project locations. A driving history for the past 3 years from the issuing state’s Dept. of Motor Vehicles is required in order to drive University vehicles.

    Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

    Ability to safely lift and carry up to 50lbs

    Ability to learn quickly and collect extremely accurate data efficiently.


    Please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references (name, email, and phone number) as a single pdf or word file to Vanessa.schroeder@oregonstate.edu with Steens Wildlife Technician in the subject line. Please name the file with your first and last name. Applications without this subject line may be missed and might not be considered. Applications will be reviewed on a continuous, rolling basis until all positions are filled. Start dates will be mid to late May. Please indicate your availability in your email or cover letter.

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