Field Interviewer for the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program (NVUM) in Oregon.

West Virginia University
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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West Virginia University partners with the U.S. Forest Service for the National Visitor Use Monitoring Program (NVUM). The NVUM Field Interviewer position will be essential to the completion of NVUM with the WVU Recreation, Parks and Tourism Resources Program in the Pacific Northwest Region of the USDA Forest Service. The forest locations include Umpqua, Willamette, Siuslaw, and Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forests in Oregon. The field interviewer will conduct face-to-face interviews with National Forest visitors as they exit recreation sites. Interviewers will travel to a variety of day use, overnight, general forest and Wilderness sites. Shifts vary between morning, afternoon and evening hours and often occur on weekend days. Field interviewer will work 30-37.5 hours per week and will be provided with a gas card. Housing and a rental car will be provided if needed. Duties & Responsibilities: 1. Conducting recreation use surveys with visitors on National Forest lands in a positive, friendly and respectful manner. 2. Checking schedule on the Google Drive weekly/daily basis and planning out survey site drive times and location with GPS and forest maps. 3. Set up interviewing sites (i.e. sign placement, traffic cone placement, etc.) properly to ensure safety of self and National Forest visitors. 4. Filling out and keeping track of surveys and daily counts in a neat, orderly fashion. 5. Adhering to strict NVUM, Forest Service, and Federal data collection policies and guidelines including proper dress, displaying of safety signage, etc. 6. Ability to drive long distances over a variety of road surfaces during early morning and early evening hours. 7. Ability to work independently without direct supervision from field management at all times.
Requirements: -Highschool diploma or GED -A valid driver's license -Ability to drive on Forest Service roads to remote locations -Competency in oral communication -Broad experience with outdoor recreation concepts/issues -Experience in social survey methodology -A positive attitude and a strong work ethic To apply: Email resume and cover letter to Dr. Ross Andrew ( and/or Dr. Christopher Schwinghamer ( Start and end date are flexible.
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Dr. Christopher Schwinghamer and Dr. Ross Andrew
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