MS Position – Raven Communication Tower Study; OR, NV, ID, WY

Oregon State University, U.S. Geological Survey, Great Basin Bird Observatory
Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming
Job Category
Graduate Assistantships
$1700-2200/mo, dependent on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Great Basin Bird Observatory (GBBO), and Oregon State University (OSU), in cooperation with state and federal agencies, are seeking to fill a potential MS student position to carry out avian surveys primarily targeted at ravens and other aerial predators that utilize communication towers across four western states; Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, and Wyoming. This position would start as a crew lead or technician for USGS/GBBO and transition to a MS student at OSU. Primary duties will include searching for raven nests, installing and checking ancillary monitoring devices, pellet collection, avian predator count surveys, and data entry. This position will work with another technician as an offshoot of a larger Greater Sage-Grouse monitoring project. Opportunities to capture and radio-mark sage-grouse may be available during the fall once monitoring has ceased, as needed by the sage-grouse crew. This position requires extended periods of travel and primitive camping throughout the field season. The temporary, full-time crew lead/technician appointment will last from the first week of March through July, with a graduate assistantship through OSU starting in the fall depending on funding and performance. Field housing will not be provided, and the successful applicant will be required to stay on-site during work periods. These positions are a great opportunity to explore the beautiful sagebrush steppe across a large geographic range, however, these landscapes can be rugged and challenging to work in. Temperature extremes can range from well below freezing to above 100 degrees F, and inclement weather is always a possibility.
B.S. degree in a natural resource field preferred. U.S. citizen with valid driver’s license required. Successful applicants must possess the ability to hike long distances over rough terrain often in inclement weather (snow, rain, hail, high winds). The ability to take direction and work independently, a strong work ethic, a willingness to learn, a desire to gain experience while maintaining an enthusiastic attitude, and good communication skills with field supervisor and teammates is essential for all positions. Prior experience driving ATVs/4x4 vehicles over rough terrain is also preferred for all positions. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated experience assisting with wildlife field research. Previous experience with bird identification and remote work are also preferred. Please submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references in a single document saved with applicant’s last name in the title to: If interested in potential MS student position, also submit GRE scores and transcripts and include Jonathan Dinkins in the email ( Please indicate in your cover letter which positions you would like to be considered for: Technician, Crew Lead, and/or MS position. Cover letters and correspondence may be addressed to Rebecca Kelble (and Jonathan Dinkins, as appropriate). Please include “Communication Tower Monitoring” in the subject line. Positions will be filled as successful applicants are identified and interested applicants should submit applications as soon as possible.
Contact Person
Rebecca Kelble; Jonathan Dinkins
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