Field assistant needed from late-April until late-July 2018 for a large-scale study assessing how woodpecker demographic rates vary relative to wildfire and forest management activities. This work is being conducted in the lab of Dr. Jim Rivers at Oregon State University (http://people.forestry.oregonstate.edu/jim-rivers/) and will take place in the rugged and scenic Crater Lake area of Oregon, an area of exceptional woodpecker diversity. Field work will consist of early mornings, hiking alone in difficult terrain, and working long days under challenging field conditions (cold, rain, intense sun, loose rock, hazard trees), including some weekends. Primary duties will consist of conducting call playback surveys, locating and monitoring of woodpecker nests, climbing nest trees, using radio telemetry to measure juvenile survival (Black-backed Woodpecker only), surveying vegetation, undertaking regular data entry, and assisting with additional project-related duties as needed. Salary range is $2000-$2300/month based on prior experience; free US Forest Service housing and project-related transportation are also provided.
Successful applicants will have demonstrated experience with (1) bird identification by sight and sound, (2) nest-searching, (3) bird handling, (4) tracking tag attachment, and (5) VHF radio telemetry to quantify movement and habitat use; prior experience with woodpeckers is desirable but not necessary. They will also be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be in top physical condition, be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, and be able to maintain a positive disposition under difficult conditions.
Application Instructions: Email a single document that consists of (1) a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, (2) a resume, and (3) the name, email, and phone number of 3 references to Dr. Jim Rivers (EM: jim.riversoregonstate.edu) with “2018 Woodpecker Field Assistant Position” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.