This recruitment will be used to fill one full time Temporary Biological Science Research
Technician 1 position for Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University. This position is responsible for managing a field crew and participating in research non-invasively monitoring fishers in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion of northern California and southern Oregon. Monitoring activities will include deploying baited hair sampling stations, track plates, and trail cameras. The position starts 1 September 2018 and ends 31 December 2018. Housing will be provided.
30% – Organize sampling protocols for the field season. Facilitate the shipment of genetic samples to Rocky Mountain Research Station. Communicate regularly with Lead Researcher about the status of field work, and troubleshoot problems as they arise in the field.
60% – The incumbent will also set up, check, re-provision, and take down baited
stations used to survey for fishers and other mesocarnivores. Use non-invasive hair
snare devices to collect small samples of mammal hair for genetic analysis. Update a
database on the status of sampling completed. Process genetic samples for submission
to a laboratory for analysis.
10% – Enter survey data into Excel or Access.
To apply, fill out the online form at the website listed above and submit a cover letter, CV, and the names/addresses of 3 references compiled into a single PDF to the email listed below.
Minimum qualifications: Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science); OR an equivalent combination of training and experience. Professional-level experience with non-invasive monitoring methods for carnivores (e.g., hair snares, trail camera photos). High degree of personal initiative and excellent interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work independently in the field and in collaboration with others to collect biological information and maintain accurate and detailed records of data collected. Experience navigating back-country forest service roads on private and public lands is imperative. Extensive time will be spent in the field driving on dirt roads, using 4-wheel drive vehicles, clearing roadways of forest debris, and hiking in extremely steep and
rugged terrain under adverse weather. Daily = 4X4 vehicle, GPS, SPOT locator device.
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 Voluntary and
Compulsory Driver Standards OAR 125-155-0200) as per OAR 576-056-0000 et seq.
Preferred qualifications: A bachelor’s degree from a state college or university in biological sciences or related field. Experience working with regional agency biologists. Experience collecting data from remote hair-snare stations and collecting habitat data in the field. A strong understanding of the biotic and abiotic factors that may influence successful detections of fishers at sampling units. Previous experience working in the Klamath-Siskiyou ecoregion. First aid training and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Experience or training related to fire safety/prevention procedures while working in dry forested environments. Ability to identify tree/shrub species and animal tracks. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.