Eastern Oregon Bull Trout Fieldwork Volunteer Assistant

Oregon State University
Grant and Baker Counties, Oregon, USA
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Volunteer Openings
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Researchers at the Oregon State University State Fisheries Genomics Lab are conducting a study to investigate the efficacy of quantitative environmental DNA (eDNA) analysis for monitoring distribution, occupancy, and abundance metrics of Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus) in the North Fork Malheur River drainage in eastern Oregon. We are seeking a Research Volunteer to assist with Bull Trout eDNA collection and electrofishing fieldwork in Summer of 2023. Two or three fieldwork trips will occur between May and August of 2023. Fieldwork trips will involve water collection from streams and backpack electrofishing. The first trip in 2023 will occur in late May and last roughly nine days. An additional week-long trip may be added in mid-July. The final trip will occur in mid-August and may last up to 14 days. Fieldwork lodging accommodations will likely include primitive camping and Forest Service cabins. Individuals who are only available for May or August are still encouraged to reach out. This is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students interested in freshwater fisheries science to gain fieldwork experience. The Research Volunteer is only needed for fieldwork trips to eastern Oregon; however, there may be opportunities for the volunteer to observe and assist with eDNA extraction and analysis at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon, if applicants are interested.
Previous freshwater fish sampling experience is not required. Interested individuals must be capable of hiking 5+ miles/day for consecutive days in variable terrain. Preference may be given to individuals who have demonstrated experience hiking, camping, and backpacking in a recreational or professional setting. Preference will be given to individuals pursuing an undergraduate degree (i.e., A.S. or B.S.) in fisheries and wildlife science, conservation biology, biology, or a closely-related field. Applicants must be at least eighteen years of age.
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Ben Wiley
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