Field Ecology Crew for Botany and Soil Science AIM Surveys in Oregon, Washington, and Nevada

Oregon State University
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$15-$18/hour plus per diem (works out to ~$600 per 8-day hitch)
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This recruitment will be used to fill 15-20 seasonal (April – August) full-time Bio Science Research Tech positions for the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University (OSU). The Vegetation Seasonal Field Ecology Crew Member is a seasonal (~4 month) position to collect Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) data on BLM lands across eastern Oregon, Washington, and the Winnemucca district of Nevada. INR will have crews working across these areas (most are in OR), but mostly individuals will be on a crew focused in one or more district. The work will involve following standardized protocols for vegetation sampling, plant identification, and digging and describing soil pits. The plots are randomly located in areas throughout southeast Oregon, eastern Washington, and northwest Nevada. 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 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. On 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 some 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. Position Duties 65% - Collect BLM Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) program soils and vegetation data using AIM protocols in the field. 15% - Work with INR Data Management Staff to assure the AIM data gets needed QA-QC, and is incorporated into needed databases and provided to the BLM. 10% - Drive throughout field area, and navigate with maps and GPS to unique or typical habitats or pre-selected points. 10% - Hike to off-road sites, identify plants and plant communities.
Minimum Qualifications Two years of college-level courses in biology, ecology, botany, soil science, rangeland 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 database 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. To Apply visit the OSU website Crew member: Crew Lead:
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