Project Title: Passive acoustic monitoring in Northern Spotted Owl territories.
Job Description: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station invite applications for research fellow. Fellows will deploy and monitor autonomous recording units (ARUs) in historic Northern Spotted Owl territories as part of a research project to acoustically monitor for the presence of forest owl species.
These are full time, fixed term, seasonal fellowships administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE; http://orise.orau.gov), with starting dates of March 1, 2018 and an ending date of August 31, 2018. This project will have 8 team members total with 4 members in Oregon’s Costal Mountain Range—based out of Eugene, OR area and 4 members in the Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest—based out of Port Angeles area, WA. Some travel between the two locations may be required and would last no more than two weeks. The selected applicants will be ORISE fellows, and mentored by the USDA Forest Service.
Participation in this program requires driving federally-owned vehicles on primitive forest roads and navigating difficult terrain on foot to access ARUs in remote locations. Some overnight stays in the backcountry will be required while working in the Olympic National Park. Fellows must be able to conduct duties independently in an isolated environment following established protocols to deploy, monitor, and collect ARUs throughout the season. Orienteering skills using of topographic maps, compass, and handheld GPS units are essential. The work is physically strenuous and involves working and hiking in rain, snow, heat, and on steep, brushy slopes typically without established trails. Fellows must work as team members and may be required to live and work in close quarters, and in isolated settings for extended periods of time.
Job Duties: Deploy, monitor, and retrieve ARUs from remote GPS locations. Maintain accurate field notes, care for field equipment and government vehicles. Determine vegetation characteristics and physiography of ARU deployment locations. Perform office work including data entry, uploading and storing data collected from ARUs, scanning recordings for vocalizations, maintaining field notes, and coordinating work with crewmates. Complete all required in-person and online training. Perform other duties as assigned. Opportunities may arise to assist U.S. Forest Service employees with ongoing surveys for Northern Spotted Owls, butterflies, amphibians and more. Fellows may also have the opportunity to spend some portion of the season monitoring ARUs in multiple study areas.
Most duties will be performed during daylight hours, but night work may be necessary at times, so comfort working and driving at night is required. All duties must be performed with a high degree of quality, uniformity, and timeliness. This is a full time appointment which requires 40 hours per week. The fellow will work varying time schedules throughout the season, with work being done during the day, night, and/or early morning.
• Previous field experience should include orienteering skills including the use of maps, compass, and handheld GPS units.
• Above average physical fitness, willingness to work irregular hours.
• Ability and willingness to work in backcountry for multiple days.
• Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle with automatic or manual transmission.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Ability to conduct work independently or as part of a team as the situation demands.
• Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
• Ability to work collaboratively as part of an ecological research team.
• Interest in owl or general avian life history, demographics and habitat use.
• Bachelor's degree in Wildlife or a closely related field preferred, bachelor’s degree in progress will also be considered
Stipend: $2,200/month. Employer-provided health insurance is available for fellows at an additional cost.
Dates: March 1, 2018 through August 31, 2018.
Location: Please note there are two study areas. The applicant must indicate their preferred study area when applying.
a) Siuslaw National Forest, Eugene BLM, and lands in western Oregon—based out of Eugene, OR area.
b) Olympic National Park, and National Forest—based out of Port Angeles, WA area.
Housing: There is housing available free of charge on the Olympic peninsula and the Eugene area.
a) Olympic housing is a USFS bunkhouse
b) Eugene housing is a travel trailer
Transportation: Federally-owned work vehicles will be provided to perform job duties.
If interested, please send a letter of interest that includes your study area preferences, a resume that includes names, phone numbers and email address of at least 3 references, and unofficial college transcripts as email attachments (preferably in a single PDF) to David Culp (CulpDavidC@gmail.com) by December 15, 2018. These positions will be filled as suitable candidates are found. Please contact the above email address with any questions about the position.