The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University has immediate openings for a Colony Monitor with a Seabird Ecology/Restoration Project that has been studying the diet and behavioral ecology of Caspian terns, Double-crested cormorants, and several gull species in coastal and southeast Oregon, the upper Columbia River basin, and northern California for over 20 years. Current studies include on-colony behavioral and productivity observations, ground and aerial surveys to determine nesting and foraging distribution, leg banding/band re-sighting, satellite telemetry to document inter-colony movement and foraging patterns, and non-lethal techniques for management of piscivorous waterbirds. The project is a collaboration with researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey - Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and Real Time Research, a private consulting firm. Positions provide excellent field research experience and colony monitors can expect to learn a great deal about seabird biology and management. Further information about the project can be viewed at www.birdresearchnw.org.
LOCATION: Colony Monitor positions will be based in Astoria, Oregon.
DATES: Full-time seasonal positions with an anticipated starting date of March 07, 2018, and end date of August 31, 2018. Positions may be extended past this end date.
SALARY: $2400.00 per month, shared housing, and a grocery stipend is provided.
DUTIES: Colony monitors will assist with implementation and monitoring of the US Army Corps of Engineers Avian Predation Management using passive and active dissuasion to restrict Caspian tern nesting on East Sand Island, near Astoria, Oregon in order to reduce avian predation on ESA listed salmonids in the Columbia River system. The primary duty of the colony monitor positions will be collecting field data for on-going Caspian tern studies at East Sand Island. Colony Monitors will camp on East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary for EXTENDED PERIODS OF TIME, with limited shore leave, but will be in daily contact with the rest of the research group. Colony Monitors will follow strict data collection protocols to gather information on Caspian tern colony size, breeding behaviors, reproductive success, diet, disturbance, and predator activity. Positions require long hours of data collection, often in suboptimal conditions (wet, cold, windy, or hot), with infrequent and irregular time off. The work is physically strenuous and involves crawling on knees, bending over or stooping, and sitting for extended periods of time using binoculars, spotting scopes, and digital SLR cameras. All duties must be performed with a high degree of quality, uniformity, and timeliness. The employee must work as a team member and will be required to live and work in close quarters and in isolated settings. Camping accommodations and equipment are provided while working on-island and shared housing is provided while on shore. In addition to the duties listed above, all employees will assist with field site preparation and maintenance, including installation and maintenance of the field camp infrastructure, observation blinds, and passive nest dissuasion materials.
REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess and maintain a current, valid Driver’s License. Seasonal Colony Monitors will be employed through a temporary hiring agency and will be required to pass a background check.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a strong interest in avian ecology and feel comfortable working on small boats. Current Department of Interior motorboat operator certification (MOCC) and good swimming skills a plus. Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge of seabird behavior and prior avian field experience, possession of a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science or related field, and experience in backcountry camping and band re-sighting.
APPLICATIONS: A complete application must consist of an attached SINGLE DOCUMENT (Word or PDF) containing; 1) a one-page cover letter addressing candidate qualifications as they relate to the specific requirements, qualifications, and duties described above, 2) a professional resume, and, 3) telephone numbers AND email addresses of three references familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications. APPLICATION DOCUMENTS MUST BE NAMED WITH THE FOLLOWING FORMAT; Lastname_Firstname_2018_Colony Monitor. MS word files preferred. Final application deadline of February 15, 2018, but the position will be filled as soon as a qualified applicant is identified.
SUBMIT TO: Peter Loschl and Tim Lawes at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: seabird 2018 colony monitor
***Email submissions required.
Peter Loschl and Tim Lawes
Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Oregon State University
104 Nash Hall
Corvallis, OR, 97331-3803
If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact Peter Loschl email@example.com or Tim Lawes firstname.lastname@example.org.
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN AA/EOE.