The Vegetation Seasonal Field Ecology Crew Member is a seasonal (4 month) position to collect Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) data on BLM lands eastern Oregon, Washington, and the Winnemucca district of Nevada. The work will involve following standardized protocols for vegetation sampling, plant identification, and digging and describing soil pits. AIM data is used for land health monitoring to document the condition and changes of plant communities in the context of BLM management actions including grazing, burned area rehabilitation, and greater sage-grouse and other wildlife management. Knowledge of native plants, sagebrush steppe, and field sampling methods needed. The plots are randomly located in areas throughout southeast Oregon, eastern Washington, and northwest Nevada. The position is entirely field based, with crews working a Wednesday-Wednesday hitch schedule following a week-long mandatory training at the beginning of the season. The first and last days of the hitch, crew members drive from their homes to the field sites in OSU vehicles. This allows crew members flexibility in where they can live. Housing is not provided for this position, but a generous per diem is provided for food and camping while on hitch.
Two years of college-level courses in biology, botany, ecology, or soil science; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Additional Required Qualifications
Botany or range science plant identification classes or enrollment in a degree program in the biological sciences or a BA/BS degree in biology.
Experience or familiarity with PC computers and software. Specifically, knowledge of MS Access, Collector, Survey123, or other data base management software is desired, with the ability to learn essential.
Knowledge of Oregon flora and geography desired, with the ability to learn essential.
Must be able to assist in digging soil pits and in analyzing soils and erosion data.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.