This posting will be used to hire numerous ecological crew leads and crew members for sampling in the 2023 field season. The Vegetation Field Ecology Crew Lead and Crew Member positions are seasonal (4.5 month) positions to collect Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) data on BLM lands across eastern Oregon, Washington, northern Nevada, and northern California. INR will have crews working across these areas. Generally, individuals will be on a crew focused in one or more district for the season, but crews may move around depending on project needs. The work will involve following standardized protocols for vegetation sampling, plant identification, and digging and describing soil pits.
AIM data is used for land health monitoring to document the condition and changes of plant communities in the context of BLM management actions including grazing, burned area rehabilitation, and greater sage-grouse and other wildlife management. Knowledge of native plants, sagebrush steppe, and field sampling methods needed for crew lead positions. The crew leads need to manage the daily activities of a two-person crew while they complete the assigned plots. Crew members will complete all the same sampling tasks and day-to-day work but may have less experience with the vegetation and are paired with a more experienced partner. The position is entirely field based, with crews working a Wednesday-Wednesday hitch schedule following a week-long mandatory training at the beginning of the season (April 17-21). The first and last days of the hitch, crew members drive from their homes to the field sites in OSU vehicles. This allows crew members some flexibility in where they can live. Housing is not provided for this position, but a generous per diem is provided for food and camping while on hitch.
65% – Collect BLM Assessment, Inventory and Monitoring (AIM) program soils and vegetation data using AIM protocols in the field. Crew lead will lead one crew in collecting this data.
15% – Work with INR Data Management Staff to assure the AIM data gets needed QA-QC, and is incorporated into needed databases and provided to the BLM.
10% – Drive throughout field area, and navigate with maps and GPS to unique or typical habitats or pre-selected points.
10% – Hike to off-road sites, identify plants and plant communities.
Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science) and one year of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Research Technician 1 level; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Must work 10-hour days for 8 days at a time (followed by 6 days off).
Work in hot or otherwise harsh weather.
Camp and spend a lot of time in a vehicle, and must have a valid driver’s license.
Assist in digging soil pits and in analyzing soils and erosion data.
BA/BS degree in biology.
Botany, ecology, range science, or plant identification classes or enrollment in a degree program in the biological sciences.
Familiarity with PC computers and software. Specifically, knowledge of ArcGIS Field Maps, Collector, Survey123, or other data base management software is desired, with the ability to learn essential.
Knowledge of Oregon flora and geography desired, with the ability to learn essential.
Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity