Agency: Oregon State University


Location: Newport, Oregon (central Oregon coast)

Job Category: Temporary/Seasonal Positions

Salary: $2,400-3,000 per month based on experience

Start Date: 7 May 2018

Last Date to Apply: 5 January 2018


The Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project at Oregon State University is seeking up to six (6) seasonal field technicians and interns from May – mid-August 2018 (start and end date may be flexible) to assist with a long-term, large-scale study of space use and nest success of the federally threatened Marbled Murrelet. Technicians and interns will use radio telemetry, audio and visual equipment, vegetation sampling, and other observational survey techniques to collect data on nesting and space use.

Field crews will be stationed in shared field housing on the central Oregon coast. The field schedule is variable including long days, early mornings, and night work, with limited time off. Extensive driving is required on unimproved forest roads with active logging as well as through paved but busy tourist towns. The use of CB radios is required and safety training is provided. Work occurs in all weather conditions. Temperatures in the coastal mountains can fluctuate >40°F in a single day, while temperatures on the Oregon coast are rarely above 60 degrees Fahrenheit in mid-summer. Wind, fog, rain, biting/stinging insects, and poison oak will be encountered on a regular basis. All personnel should expect to carry loads of 50 lbs or more. Work will occur solo, in pairs and in larger groups. Some travel out of state may be required.

Compensation is a monthly salary (range: $X-X) based on experience, plus shared field housing, and use of 4-wheel drive vehicles for work activities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Conduct ground based VHF radio telemetry from established stations along coastal highways to obtain bearings of tagged birds in the nearshore marine environment

  • Search for tagged birds on nests in remote, mountainous, densely forested locations up to 80 km from coast

  • Conduct dawn nest watches

  • Conduct point-counts for corvids using distance sampling methods

  • Collect observational data and vegetation data according to protocols

  • Set-up and maintain remote video cameras, audio recording devices, and/or stationary telemetry receivers

  • Enter and proof data daily

  • Use field notebooks, datasheets, GIS, GPS, Google Earth, laptops, netbooks, tablets, smartphones, and mifi-hotspots to maintain records and databases

  • Regularly clean and maintain shared housing, vehicles and gear

  • Maintain professional working relationships on the job and in shared housing

  • Navigate off-trail in backcountry areas using topo maps and GPS devices over challenging terrain with no cell phone service

  • Camp overnight (for up to several days) in remote locations

  • Drive long distances in traffic and on unimproved roads that require 4 wheel drive

  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or current enrollment in a degree program) in wildlife biology or a related field

  • US Citizenship, valid State Driver’s License and a clean driving record

  • 1-2 years of field experience (1 summer job or volunteer position = 1 year of experience)

  • Basic bird identification skills

  • Integrity and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols

  • Ability to record legible, reliable field data

  • Computer skills including Microsoft Office and Google Suite

  • Proven track record of working in a safe and efficient manner

  • Physically capable of hiking long distances over uneven, steep, challenging terrain

  • Ability to lift and carry 50lbs

  • Capable of working long hours and variable schedules, including nights and early mornings, in inclement weather with limited time off

  • Must be comfortable driving and camping in remote locations, without cell reception

  • Applicants must have normal vision and hearing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with radio telemetry to track animals

  • Previous field experience working in forested and/or mountainous locations

  • Experience conducting marbled murrelet inland surveys in WA, OR or CA

  • Familiarity maintaining/troubleshooting remote camera systems and audio recording units used for wildlife research, and working with video and audio data files

  • Ability to read maps, orienteer, use hand-held GPS devices, and hike alone in the backcountry

  • Flexible, detail oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently, in pairs and in larger teams

  • Ability to interact positively with the public while undertaking research

  • 4-wheel drive and trailer experience

To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF or MS-Word file that contains: (1) a cover letter specifically addressing your qualifications as they relate to the duties and qualifications described in this announcement; (2) a full-length resume or CV; and (3) the names and contact information (email and telephone) of three references who may be contacted. Email this document to with “MAMU FIELD TECHNICIAN Application 2018” in the subject line. Questions may be addressed to the same email. Positions will be filled on rolling basis, so it is best to apply early.


Contact Person: Faculty Research Assistant

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