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  • Wildlife Biologists for Strix Owl Surveys-Western and Southern Oregon


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    • Employer: Turnstone Environmental Consultants
      Location: Oregon
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 03/07/2022
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description:

    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 seeking to fill multiple strix owl surveyor positions throughout Oregon. We are also looking for several crew leaders to help manage small crews throughout the state. These are full-time, temporary-seasonal positions. Surveyor duties include, but not limited to:

    • Conduct nighttime (and daytime) broadcast surveys for northern spotted owls and barred owls; identify, record, and map locations of spotted owls and other owl and raptor species including great horned owls, northern pygmy owls, and northern goshawks. 
    • Conduct daytime follow-up surveys in order to locate nests and determine nesting status
    • Survey work will involve off-trail hiking in various terrain and weather conditions.
    • Significant job related travel, including extensive nighttime travel on forest roads
    • Record clear, concise, and accurate field data
    • Communicate clearly with peers, crew leader, project manager, and landowners

    Surveys will be on federal, state and private forested lands. Exact work locations vary and will be throughout western and southern Oregon. Employment dates are approximate, and are project-dependent. Housing will be provided for some positions/locations; a field vehicle will be provided unless the employee chooses to use a personal vehicle for mileage reimbursement. CDC recommended COVID safety guidelines will be observed.  Compensation will be based on position, location, and experience.

    Most positions will start in mid-March or early-April depending on environmental conditions and specific location. A small selection of candidates may have an opportunity to begin early March. Survey locations are distributed throughout Oregon and some positions will require significant travel. Please indicate your willingness to travel, and any limits or strong preference for general location in your cover letter. There may also be opportunities to work on a variety of other interesting and collaborative field projects related to special-status wildlife species for the right candidate.


    If you are interested in consideration as an owl crew leader, please indicate your interest in your cover letter and online application form. Please clearly identify your relevant leadership experience and any relevant management skills in your application materials.

    Announcements will remain posted until all positions, surveyors and crew leaders, are filled. We expect to conduct the majority of interviews in January and February. There are numerous positions to fill and they will be filled as applications are received so please apply early!

    Salary Range:

    $2860-$3987/month ($16.50-23.00/hr) range, depending on experience and project

    Dates of Employment:

    Mid-March/Early April to August 31, 2021

    To Apply:

    To apply, please complete an application through the employment section of our website (www.Turnstoneenvironmental.com), or use the provided web link. Applications should include a cover letter and a current resume for the applicant. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application review will begin January and will continue until all positions are filled. Don’t wait to apply!

    Application Link: https://turnstoneenvironmental.wufoo.com/forms/slo34h61bhgea1/

    Desired Qualifications:

    A minimum of one year of field survey experience is preferred. Spotted owl experience is strongly preferred, but may not be required if applicant has avian or other relevant field experience. Having a B.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field is preferred (but not required) for owl surveyors and required for crew leads. The successful applicant will possess the following characteristics:

    • Strong data collection skills
    • Comfortable with a variable work schedule that may include night, day or split shifts averaging 9-12 hours
    • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team of peers
    • Integrity, quality and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols
    • Consistent record of working in a safe and efficient manner
    • Good physical fitness and the ability to hike off trail in steep and/or brushy conditions, sometimes in the dark and/or in inclement weather
    • Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map reading skills
    • Ability to operate 4WD vehicles and navigate forest roads of various conditions safely
    • Good vision and hearing ( a hearing screen will be required)
    • Comfortable using electronic (PDF) data forms and Adobe Reader
    • A solid sense of humor, enjoy working in an outdoor setting and meeting new people

    Successful candidates will gain outstanding experience in field ornithology, endangered species surveys, 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!




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