Malheur Biological Technician (Limited Term)

Portland Audubon

Harney County, OR

Job Type: Limited Term (3 years)

Salary: $17.00/hour + housing at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Start / End Dates: 2024-2026

Job Title: Malheur Biological Technician (3-year Term)

Department: Conservation

Reports to: Eastern Oregon Biologist

Classification: Limited Seasonal Term (3-year / 860 hours per year), Hourly, Non-Exempt

  • Full-Time (On-site) April 1st – June 30th (Target Hours: approximately 528 / 32-40 hours per week) 2024-2026
  • Part-Time (Hybrid/Flexible) July 1st – March 31st  (Target Hours: approximately 332 / 8-12 hours per week) 2024-2026


Compensation: $17.00/hour + housing at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Harney Basin, Oregon

Position Summary 

The Malheur Biological Technician position includes diverse opportunities for gaining and using a suite of biological, conservation, and outreach skills. This position reports to our Eastern Oregon Biologist and will be based in Harney County. The ideal candidate will be able to identify birds by sight and by ear, though there will be an opportunity to improve those skills on-the-job.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Biological Surveys: This position is responsible for completing all landbird point counts at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Additional work may include waterfowl surveys, duck banding, shorebird surveys, sandhill crane pair counts, marsh bird surveys, breeding bird index project, and will assist with autonomous recording units in the Harney Basin.
  • Data entry: This position will include entering data into the Avian Knowledge Network portal (training will be provided) and some data entry in Excel or other database (TBD). There will be some work with manual clean-up and cataloging of ARU data as well (training will be provided).
  • Stewardship Work Parties: Work with the Eastern Oregon Program Manager to lead Community Science Weekends.
  • Outreach: Assist with community outreach, including school groups, and outings for Bird Days of Summer
  • Conservation Policy: Opportunity to attend collaborative meetings with Portland Audubon staff, in order to gain experience with collaborative policy work.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

  • Valid Driver’s License and access to a vehicle;

  • Ability to pass a USFWS mandated defensive driving course;

  • Recent or current Graduate or Undergraduate student in biological sciences, wildlife conservation, wetland ecology, environmental science, natural resources, or related field;

  • Ability to identify birds by sight and ear;

  • Familiarity with bird survey protocols (or willingness to learn them), map reading, and GPS navigation skills;

  • Professionalism in written and oral communications;

  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently to carry out a task;

  • Demonstrated initiative engaging and working with people from diverse backgrounds with a particular focus on engaging rural communities on conservation initiatives;

  • Demonstrable commitment to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion;

  • Experience working with and leading volunteers is strongly preferred

  • Ability to hike several miles per day, off-trail, under remote conditions.
  • Ability to drive on remote, unpaved roads. Access to government vehicles will be provided for all work on Refuge.

Working Conditions:

  • Refuge housing will be provided near Frenchglen. It’s possible that there will be access to camping closer to Refuge headquarters.

  • Work off refuge will require the use of a personal vehicle, mileage reimbursement will be available for miles driven for work in personal vehicles.



Portland Audubon does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, marital status, national origin, political affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Portland Audubon is committed to building a diverse and inclusive environment, reflecting the diversity of our community in its board, staff, volunteers, and members; ensuring its internal culture, business practices, and programs are welcoming and advancing its diversity goals; and empowering people to make positive changes in their community and environment. All Portland Audubon employees are expected to serve diverse audiences and help advance our diversity strategies. More background on our diversity efforts can be found at

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To submit via US Postal Service:
Please send your resume, cover letter and this application to:

Human Resources
Portland Audubon
REF: Malheur Field Assistant
5151 NW Cornell Road
Portland, OR 97210

Application Deadline: by midnight, on Monday, February 26th, 2024.

Housing: Yes


Application Closes: 02-26-2024

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