Raven and Sage-grouse Project Technicians (5) – Multiple Locations – Eastern Oregon

Oregon State University

Multiple locations in Eastern Oregon

Job Type: Full-Time (Seasonal)

Salary: $15.69/hr

The Eastern Oregon Sage-grouse and Raven Project is hiring five seasonal technicians to assist with research on greater sage-grouse and common ravens in multiple study areas across eastern Oregon. The greater sage-grouse is a species of management and conservation concern in Oregon and faces numerous threats including habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive annual grasses, an increase in high-severity wildfires, and increasing avian predator densities. Our research aims to understand these mechanisms behind Oregon greater sage-grouse population declines and study the effects of both lethal and non-lethal management of ravens on sage-grouse reproductive success. This data collection supports OSU graduate student research and long-term research in conjunction with local, state, and federal agencies.

Technicians will be stationed in Baker City, Juntura, or Jordan Valley, Oregon and work under the supervision of a graduate student and faculty research assistant. This is a large, multifaceted project with multiple research goals. Exact duties will vary depending on the experience level of the technician and the study area the technician is based.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting avian point counts for raptors, corvids, and sagebrush obligate songbirds
  • Raven nest searching and monitoring
  • Radio tracking greater sage-grouse hens to monitor their nests and broods
  • Documenting and removing roadkill from roads within sage-grouse habitat
  • Vegetation sampling at sage-grouse use sites

Depending on start date, there will likely be opportunities to assist with sage-grouse and/or raven capture.

Working Conditions:

Study areas are located in remote areas of eastern Oregon largely without cellphone service. Driving 4WD and OHV vehicles and towing trailers is required (work vehicles are provided). Technicians can expect to hike 3-10 miles per day carrying packs with up to 25lbs of equipment. Weather conditions range from snow/freezing conditions in early spring to 100°F+ temperatures by late summer. Work hours will vary depending on the weather and time of year but will average out to 40 hours per week. Some night work will be required if assisting with sage-grouse and raven capture. Housing in camp trailers is provided. Some camping may be required to complete data collection. Technicians will primarily conduct fieldwork by themselves, therefore qualified candidates will be self-motivated, capable of working with little supervision, and have excellent navigation skills.

Qualifications / Experience Level Required:

2 years of college level courses in wildlife biology, rangeland ecology, or related field -OR- an equivalent combination of training and experience

Must be highly organized, possess a strong work ethic, and be capable of working both independently and as part of a team

Ability to work in inclement weather and live/work in a remote setting

Ability to safely navigate in backcountry areas using topographic maps, compass, and GPS

Capable of hiking up to 10 miles/day off trail in rugged terrain carrying up to 25lbs of equipment

Flexibility in work schedule and duties

Successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq.

Successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in your state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per Oregon State University Policy 05-030

Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Rangeland Ecology, or related field

Previous field research experience

Ability to identify western birds by sight and sound

Experience using radio telemetry to track wildlife

Experience working in the sagebrush steppe

Experience with bird capture and handling

Experience driving 4WD vehicles and ATVs/UTVs

Experience towing and backing up trailers/campers

CPR/First Aid Certified

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity

Applicants with previous radio telemetry and raptor/corvid ID experience are highly preferred, however less experienced, highly motivated individuals are still encouraged to apply. This position provides an opportunity to work with a variety of study species using a wide range of field sampling techniques, all while getting to explore the rugged and beautiful high desert of Oregon.

TO APPLY, please submit an application through the following link: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu/postings/147564

Questions about the position or application process can be emailed to Stephanie LeQuier and Richard Rich (stephanie.lequier@oregonstate.edu; richard.rich@oregonstate.edu).

Review of applications will begin on December 20th. Applications will continue to be accepted after December 20th until a sufficient applicant pool has been achieved, or until all five positions are filled.

Housing: Yes


Stephanie LeQuier


Application Closes: 02-29-2024

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