Hamer Environmental is currently looking for biologists/foresters to help out conducting forest vegetation plots on BLM lands near Eugene and Cottage Grove, Oregon. We are collecting forest structure information to correlate the canopy structure of randomly selected forest plots to LiDAR data. LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is an optical remote-sensing technique that uses laser light to densely sample the surface of the earth, producing highly accurate x,y,z measurements. LiDAR, primarily used in airborne laser mapping applications, is emerging as a cost-effective alternative to traditional surveying techniques such as photogrammetry. LiDAR produces mass point cloud datasets that can be managed, visualized, analyzed, and shared using ArcGIS.
The selected field biologists/foresters will collect forest structure data that includes tree ID, slope, tree heights, crown ratio, slope and horizontal distances from plot center to each tree, and corresponding avian wildlife habitat information. Data is being collected using laser rangefinders and Trimble 7X GPS units. The collected data will be randomly inspected by to ensure data accuracy. Plots have been randomly selected so that, in some cases, long hikes over rough terrain will be required. The work is ~40 hours a week.
Hamer Environmental is a long-established private environmental consulting
firm headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA and Portland, OR. Hamer Environmental offers a
wide range of specialty ecological services, including ornithological-radar surveys, bat
acoustic monitoring, seabird and marine mammal surveys, endangered-species
consultations, and bird and bat migration studies.
Training, housing, utilities, internet, work vehicle, and all equipment will be provided.
• Collecting forestry and wildlife data on randomly located plots in southwestern Oregon
• Collecting and transcribing data accurately in the field onto Trimble GPS units;
• Checking databases for errors;
• Other related work as needed.
• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife biology, forestry, or natural sciences;
• Two-years field experience, including some experience with identifying Pacific Northwest tree species and collecting forestry measurements;
• Experience using GPS, laser rangefinder, clinometer, compass, and using dichotomous key identify tree species is desired;
• Orienteering, map and aerial photo skills along with effective communication skills;
• Capable of working and collecting data in very steep terrain and in inclement weather;
• Clean driving record.
September 20th, 2017, or as soon as positions are filled.
Expected Work Duration:
Late September through late-December 2017 or January 2018
Please send resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional references to Matt Reed: