Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Internal Job Number: P02831CT
This recruitment will be used to fill multiple full-time, seasonal (April – August), Bio Science Research Technician 3 positions for the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University (OSU).
The Vegetation Seasonal Field Ecology Team Lead is a seasonal (5 month) position to collect Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) data on BLM lands eastern Oregon, Washington, and the Winnemucca district of Nevada. The work will involve following standardized protocols for vegetation sampling, plant identification, and digging and describing soil pits. AIM data is used for land health monitoring to document the condition and changes of plant communities in the context of BLM management actions including grazing, burned area rehabilitation, and greater sage-grouse and other wildlife management. Knowledge of native plants, sagebrush steppe, and field sampling methods needed. The plots are randomly located in areas throughout southeast Oregon, eastern Washington, and northwest Nevada. The team leads need to manage the activities and logistics of two two-person crews over each field hitch with little interaction with project leads. They also must conduct QA and QC and ensure proper data collection and management for their team. The position is entirely field based, with crews working a Wednesday-Wednesday hitch schedule following a week-long mandatory training at the beginning of the season. The first and last days of the hitch, crew members drive from their homes to the field sites in OSU vehicles. This allows crew members flexibility in where they can live. Housing is not provided for this position, but a generous per diem is provided for food and camping while on hitch.
A Bachelor’s degree in (specific area of biological science) and two years of experience related to the area of assignment at a Biological Science Research Technician 2 level. Three additional years of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Science Research Technician 2 level may be substituted for the Bachelor’s degree.
Botany, ecology or range science classes and a BA/BS degree in the biological sciences.
Experience collecting vegetation data in the field.
Experience or familiarity with PC computers and software. Specifically, knowledge of MS Access, Collector, Survey123 or other database management software is desired, with the ability to learn essential.
Knowledge of Oregon flora and geography desired, with the ability to learn essential.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver's license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Work 10-hour days for 8 days at a time (followed by 6 days off).
Work in hot or inclement weather.
Camp and spend lots of time outdoors and in a vehicle, and must have a valid driver's license.
Assist in digging soil pits and in analyzing soils and erosion data.
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