We are seeking 1 enthusiastic field technician for the winter season of the terrestrial food web project at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest (an LTER site) in the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon. This project uses both invasive and non-invasive methods to learn more about how terrestrial species interact in the Pacific Northwest forests. Primary responsibilities will include triangulating and homing in on western spotted skunks and weasels via ground telemetry, maintaining cameras and bait stations, collecting scat samples, tracking in the snow, and entering data. Technician will also gain valuable experience live-trapping, chemically immobilizing, and radio-collaring skunks and weasels. Field vehicles and housing will be provided. Exact start and end dates are negotiable.
Successful applicant must be able to work independently and in a team. Applicants must be comfortable with strong odors, follow established protocols, be dedicated, and have a strong work ethic. Applicant must be willing and able to perform physical labor (carry packs up to 50 lbs) in adverse weather and hike up and down steep terrain. Successful candicates must be comfortable working long days in remote locations. Weather in the Pacific Northwest is typically cold rain, but includes snow and ice at higher elevations. Working with a positive attitude and with safety in mind is imperative. Night time work will be required.
- valid US driver's license with a clean driving record
- previous winter field work experience
- strong telemetry skills in mountainous terrain
Strongly preferred qualifications:
- experience with snowmobiles
- experience hauling trailers in tight spaces
- snowshoe/backcountry skiing experience
- wilderness first aid (or equivalent certification)
- education in wildlife, natural resources, or related field
- experience handling mammals
To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, and 3 references as a single document with the subject "HJA Winter 2018 Technician" to tosam at oregonstate.edu. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.