Field biologists are needed to conduct surveys for red-tree voles, terrestrial mollusks, and marbled murrelets on government-owned lands at multiple locations in western Oregon. The work includes: conducting daytime field surveys for red-tree voles and rare terrestrial mollusks in mature and old-growth coniferous forests following a strict protocol, conducting early morning surveys in old-growth forests for the threatened marbled murrelet, navigating on forest roads and through off-trail sites, identification of common and rare slugs and snails, identification of red-tree vole nests and other evidence of nesting, performing photo documentation and specimen collection, completing field documentation, collecting data on quality of habitats present, completing detailed data forms legibly, collecting GPS data, and reporting to your supervisor. Applicants should be comfortable navigating and working alone in the forest in rugged terrain and inclement weather for long hours.
For the project we will provide a training to identify red-tree voles and their nests, we will also provide a one-day terrestrial mollusk certification training, marbled murrelet survey training, housing, work vehicle and all field equipment.
• Locating and flagging survey stations;
• Conducting terrestrial surveys according to various survey protocols in rugged remote field conditions;
• Identifying common and rare terrestrial mollusks, identifying red-tree vole nests, collecting specimens and surveying for marbled murrelets in western Oregon, and;
• Collecting and transcribing data accurately and legibly along with collecting GPS locations of sites and survey routes;
• Other related work as needed.
• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife biology, or natural sciences required;
• Two-years of field biology experience (previous experience conducting terrestrial mollusk surveys or red-tree vole surveys strongly desired);
• Strong orienteering skills using compass, GPS, map and aerial photos;
• Comfortable working in inclement weather and prepared with suitable field gear for cold and wet temperatures;
• Good physical fitness necessary to hike in steep terrain (and regularly off-trail);
• Effective communication skills and ability to work alone and in teams; and
• Clean driving record, experience driving 4WD vehicles, good vision, and good hearing.
Expected Dates of Employment: Must be available for training in central Washington in the first 2 weeks of April, with fieldwork conducted in spring 2019 for at least 3 months (or more) from mid-April to July 18th. Employment may be extended depending on project needs, employee performance and additional field projects that may become available in the fall. We make every effort to extend employment for quality seasonal employees with interest in continuing with other field biological projects.
To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional references to Thomas Hamer: