Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Internal Job Number: P02024CT
This recruitment will be used to fill one (1) full-time Temp Bio Sci Research Tech 1 position for the Department of Forest Ecosyst & Society at Oregon State University (OSU).
These positions will assist with field data collection as part of a study on forest fire refugia in the Pacific Northwest led by the Landscape Fire and Conservation Science Research Group at Oregon State University (OSU). This research project is quantifying the probability of fire refugia (locations that are relatively protected from fire) and high-severity fire across the area encompassed by the Northwest Forest Plan. Recent large wildfires have affected forest habitats that are important for Northern Spotted Owls and other vulnerable species. This position represents an excellent opportunity to gain experience in forest ecology, fire ecology, and forest mensuration. Technicians will be involved in data collection on tree mortality and survival, fire effects, and post-fire vegetation responses.
We are particularly seeking individuals with expertise in forest inventory and plant identification, ideally in post-fire environments in Oregon, Washington, and Northern California. This position is well-suited for those who enjoy working outside in forested mountainous terrain.
We strongly encourage applications from members of groups historically underrepresented in natural resources and other STEM fields.
Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science); OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Two years of college-level courses in biology, ecology, forestry, or a closely related field; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Demonstrated experience and skills with plant identification and familiarity with woody plant species of the Pacific Northwest.
Demonstrated experience conducting field work and collecting data for ecological research in post-fire ecosystems.
Demonstrated experience working in remote, mountainous conditions in the field for long hours both independently and as part of a small team.
Must possess a valid driver's license and be eligible to drive OSU motor pool vehicles.
The ability to work outdoors independently and within small teams in variable field conditions (including rain and hot weather) in recently burned areas is required. The incumbents will be required to navigate rugged terrain, hike off-trail in challenging conditions while carrying a heavy pack (up to 40 pounds), and are likely to encounter ticks, poison oak, rattlesnakes, and other hazards that require careful attention to personal and group safety.
Incumbents must not have a history of extreme reactions to poison oak, as this plant is common in portions of the study area and exposure may be unavoidable at times.
Work schedule will require flexibility in hours, including early mornings and some weekends, and is likely to change throughout the field season to accommodate sampling and crew needs.
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