Bumble Bee Technician: Oregon

The Xerces Society
Sisters, Oregon
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$22.00 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
JOB TITLE: Bumble Bee Technician (Two open positions) LOCATION: Sisters, Oregon, or surrounding area, with commute to field worksites. COMPENSATION: $22 per hour, commensurate with qualifications JOB START DATE: Start date of approximately July 1. Term of employment is approximately 2.5 months after the expected start date. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 24, 2023 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applications must be submitted via our application website at: http://bit.ly/xerces-jobs We are committed to creating a more diverse workforce that is welcoming to all employees and the communities we serve. As part of the application process, please be prepared to answer a brief essay question (1,000 characters or less) in which you describe some ways you might help Xerces collaborate with diverse audiences or historically excluded communities in this role. Xerces is happy to provide accommodations for the job application process if needed. If you need an accommodation to complete the job application process, please email reasonable.accomodation@xerces.org. JOIN US! Come join a team of conservation professionals at the Xerces Society who are dedicated to protecting some of the world’s most important animals. We are seeking a motivated expert who can join our team of Endangered Species conservation biologists to support the freshwater mussel conservation program. At Xerces, we harness the knowledge of scientists and the enthusiasm of the public to implement conservation programs. We take action by helping farms and public agencies develop conservation plans for pollinators and beneficial insects, producing ground-breaking publications on insect conservation, training thousands of farmers and land managers to protect and manage habitat for beneficial insects, protecting endangered species and their habitat, and engaging the public to raise awareness about invertebrates found on farms, forests, prairies, deserts, streams, wetlands, towns and cities. Our methods focus on habitat conservation planning, education, scientific analysis, advocacy, and applied research to conserve invertebrates, such as bees, butterflies, mollusks, and fireflies. WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING: The position will consist mainly (95%) of conducting fieldwork near Santiam Pass in Oregon. The field work will require long days in the field, travel over uneven terrain while maintaining focus and close attention to detail. Duties will be primarily focused on surveying for bumble bee nests and overwintering sites, with additional duties to support research and conservation efforts elsewhere in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The position will report the Xerces Society’s Bumble Bee Lead (Portland, OR office) and work in collaboration with other Endangered Species team staff, federal and state agencies, university faculty, graduate students, and local land managers. The successful candidate must have prior experience conducting remote field work, be able to carry 30 pounds using a backpack, walk over uneven terrain, navigate using GPS technology, and be comfortable working long hours in the field as part of a team. Prior experience collecting and identifying bumble bees is preferred. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Working as a team with the Xerces Society Endangered Species Program staff, the person who fills this position will: • Assist with and/or lead fieldwork in a crew of 2-4 people. • Conduct surveys for bumble bees in open and forested habitats in a subalpine environment. • Hike off-trail up to 5 miles through dense vegetation or on steep slopes if necessary to access sites. • Collect, record, and report data using paper and digital means, including completing data entry using MS Excel, and online portals like Survey123. • Communicate with land managers about the project, coordinate survey access, and work respectfully while surveying on or near their property. • Navigate and drive to field sites on unimproved roads and through use of a GPS unit or mapping application. • Follow all applicable Xerces Society policies, including those related to overnight and remote fieldwork and in-water fieldwork. STATUS & SCHEDULE: This is a temporary hourly position, scheduled to work ~ 40 hours/week from July 5, 2023 to September 15,2023 BENEFITS: This temporary position is eligible for Paid Time Off benefits, but not for health or disability insurance benefits. TERMS: The Xerces Society is an at-will employer. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. MORE INFORMATION: For more information on the Xerces Society and our programs, please see our website: www.xerces.org APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: All applications must be submitted via our application website at: http://bit.ly/xerces-jobs EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY The Xerces Society is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer including disability and veterans. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. PRIORITY REFERRAL OF PROTECTED VETERANS We request priority referral of protected veterans for all openings with our organization. In order to be considered for employment, all applicants for employment with Xerces Society, apply through our Job Board. When referring or being referred as a candidate, including protected veterans, please refer them to this applicant site; http://bit.ly/xerces-jobs.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND EXPERIENCE: REQUIRED • Experience conducting biological fieldwork in remote locations. • Ability and willingness to work collaboratively with other Xerces Society staff members and with a wide variety of partners, stakeholders, and diverse teams and constituents in a respectful, equitable, and inclusive fashion. • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Word and Excel, web browsers). • Ability to work in inclement conditions, including heat, cold, rain, and with biting or stinging insects. • Ability to follow policies that promote a safe working environment, including making informed, collaborative judgement calls in changing environments. • Follow oral and written directions and perform routine and repetitive work in a punctual, organized, and dependable manner. • Maintain a professional relationship with coworkers, landowners, and collaborators. PREFERRED • Previous bumble bee survey and species identification experience (training will also be provided to the successful candidate). • Familiarity with ArcGIS mapping software in a field setting and experience navigating and using a GPS unit and/or mobile applications. QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED • A high school diploma/GED and at least two years’ experience in a technician role or similar employment (please describe in your application package). • At least one year (greater than or equal to 30 credit hours) toward a two-, or four-year college degree in conservation, ecology, biology, entomology, or similar with relevant course work and experience (including lab and/or field experience) can substitute for one year’s experience. Note: if using education to substitute for experience, you will be asked to provide college transcripts (unofficial copies are okay). • Valid driver’s license in the United States and a motor vehicle records check allowing employee to be insured under Xerces corporate liability insurance. PREFERRED • Wilderness first aid (or higher) certification, including CPR training. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Be able to perform the following with reasonable breaks and/or reasonable accommodations: • Occasionally move and transport supplies, materials, and equipment weighing up to 30 lbs using a backpack for distances up to 5 miles; • Frequently work outdoors in the field, for 8 hours per day under potentially adverse weather or field conditions; • Ability to frequently hike off-trail up to 5 miles through dense vegetation or on steep slopes if necessary to access sites; • Frequently traverse across uneven, slippery or rough terrain, slopes, roads and fields, unpaved roads and walkways, and unimproved trails for periods of 8-10 hours; • Drive a vehicle for periods of up to 8 hours; • Operate a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a telephone, copy machine, and computer printer for periods of 1-8 hours.
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