Roosevelt elk fecal technician – Southwest Oregon

Oregon State University
Southwest Oregon
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A field technician is needed to help collect Roosevelt elk feces along transects as part of a non-invasive abundance study using fecal DNA. The project is based at Oregon State University and in collaboration with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The technician duties include assisting with off-trail scat collection and storage in the Tioga and Applegate wildlife management units in southwestern Oregon. Collection will occur on public and private lands. The terrain in both units is variable and collection will occur in cold, wet conditions. Please note for people with bee or grass allergies, extra precautions such as carrying an epipen or obtaining allergy shots/medication should be considered. Salary is $14/hour with no overtime, no exceptions. Work weeks will typically be 8-hour days M-F. Position will begin April 15th and run through June 30th. A vehicle and shared quarters are available in the field. Quarters are also available during weekends but the vehicle may not be used for personal use. You can find maps of the wildlife management units here:
Required Qualifications: - Course work towards a degree in wildlife biology, biology, ecology, zoology, or related field. - Must work safely and efficiently in the field, including strict adherence to safety protocols. - Must be able to work both as a team member and independently, as technicians may be asked to work alone. - Must be able to conduct repetitive duties with ongoing enthusiasm. - Ability to follow and understand a strict sample collection protocol to prevent cross-contamination. - Must be able to collect accurate, organized, and legible field data. - Must possess a valid driver’s license and the ability to navigate forested terrain, drive on rugged roads, and use a map. - Must be respectful of landowners, as some areas will be private. - Must be able to work and live well and respectfully with others, in cramped living quarters, without internet, and with limited access to grocery stores at times. Desired Qualifications: - Previous experience with field work, particularly in the Coast Range of Oregon. - Hiking and driving field experience (whether professionally or recreationally) as conditions are wet and terrain is very difficult particularly in the Tioga wildlife management unit. - Ability to use a GPS. - Basic ability to distinguish between feces of different ungulate species. - CPR and first aid certified. Please email 1) a cover letter describing your motivation to apply to this position, career interests, and explanation of why you are a good candidate, 2) a CV or resume, and 3) contact information for three references to Jennifer Nelson, , by March 1st. Please include “Elk technician” in the subject line of the email.
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