Mule Deer Nutrition Technician-Oregon

Oregon State University
Dayville Oregon
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Description: We seek a full-time temporary technician in mule deer and sagebrush ecology with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University. The research project site is eastern Oregon but will mainly be based out of Dayville, OR. Daily work will primarily be vegetation surveys and data entry in efforts to quantify how available forage quantity and quality differ between migrant and resident mule deer. This position also has the potential to work on vegetation surveys to quantify the changes following fire and post-fire restoration treatments in sagebrush communities, small mammal trapping, and maintenance and observations for seed dispersal experiments. Transportation to field sites and primitive accommodations on site will be provided. Daily field conditions can be challenging, including varying weather and fire conditions, encounters with venomous reptiles, and remote and semi-primitive group living conditions at base camp.
Minimum Qualifications: Education: Bachelor’s degree in progress in Fisheries and Wildlife, Range Ecology, Biology, Ecology, Botany, or another related biological discipline. Abilities/Knowledge/Skills: Basic knowledge of the principles of ecological principles and systematic data collection as well as basic computer skills, including experience with Microsoft Excel. Basic plant identification skills and/or experience with vegetation surveys. Experience with maintaining work quality while performing repetitive sampling tasks. Willingness and ability to spend long days in the field in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions, hike up to several miles with a 30-pound pack, camp in a field setting occasionally, and to be away from duty station (Corvallis, OR) for several weeks at a time. Ability to live and work effectively as a member of a team sharing a project base camp. Current driver’s license and ability to drive an ATV and 4-wheel drive vehicles. Driving record subject to OSU review for approval to drive university and agency vehicles. Desirable Qualifications: More than 1 season’s experience collecting biological data in a field setting. Organizational, communication, and leadership skills with an ability to independently manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Resourceful in developing practical solutions to daily challenges. Knowledge of sagebrush ecosystems. Experience with issues surrounding rangeland or fire. Experience using GIS tools. Dates of Employment: Preferred start date will be May 14, 2018. Field season can be expected to last up to 10 weeks*. *There might be a possibility to work on multiple projects and thus extend the term of employment beyond 10 weeks, but that can be discussed if hired. Application: In a single .pdf file, send resume or CV with; (1) a cover letter detailing how you meet the minimum, and where applicable, desirable qualifications, (2) contact information for 3 references, and (3) academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are fine) to Lizz Schuyler. Applications are due March 1st , 2018.
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