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.
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.