Oregon State University is hiring two summer workers to spend a summer collecting valuable scientific data for a research project in the beautiful and remote Steens Mountains in the Oregon desert. Successful applicants will primarily work on a multi-agency research project assessing songbird abundance and diversity and ungulate use across a variety of habitat types and juniper gradients, with start date of mid-May and continuing until July/August. This project also aims to directly evaluate the songbird response to juniper removal.
At the end of the field season, technicians will gain experience in: Western songbird ID by sight and sound, ATV/4WD/trailer operation and maintenance, game camera and automated recording unit setup, navigating through isolated wilderness and rough terrain, and collecting scientific data for peer-refereed research articles. Students (current undergraduates, or those entering graduate school), especially those interested in birds/birding are encouraged to apply for the internship position.
Position Duties: This will primarily be a field-based job involving irregular work hours and/or days and will include camping in remote locations. These positions are physically demanding, and require living and working in isolated areas without internet and with a small group of people.
Field work includes conducting songbird and/or avian predator (e.g., corvid and raptor) point count surveys, collection of data on habitat characteristics and deployment or retrieval of game cameras and automated recording units. The position requires irregular and very early morning hours under adverse field conditions (wind, rain, snow, mud). Successful applicants will work in the field individually and in group settings utilizing ATVs, UTVs and/or 4WD trucks and hiking to reach extremely remote survey locations. Study sites are located on Steens Mountain in eastern Oregon.
Salary: $15-18/hour DOE + housing and utilities provided
Last Date to Apply: Applications will be reviewed as they are received.
Please submit a resume and three professional references (name, email, and phone number) to vanessa.schroeder@oregonstate.