Biological Science Research Technician 1: Vegetation Field Ecology Crew
Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Internal Number: 148901
Internal Job Number: P04601CT
This recruitment will be used to fill 8-12 full-time, seasonal (April – August) Biological Science Research Technician 1 positions for the Institute of Natural Resources at Oregon State University (OSU).
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This posting will be used to hire numerous Vegetation Field Ecology Crew Members for sampling in the 2024 field season.
These positions are seasonal (~4.5 month) positions to collect Terrestrial Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) data on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) across eastern Oregon, eastern Washington, northern Nevada, and northern California. INR will have numerous crews working across these areas, but the majority of plots will be SE Oregon (about 70%), with the remaining 10% in Washington and 20% in northern California and Nevada. Generally, individuals will be on a crew that is focused in one BLM district for the season, so that they can become familiar with the plants and geography of that area. Sometimes, particularly later in the season, crews may move around depending on project needs.
Data collected using the AIM strategy 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. These data can be used by land managers to inform future management actions, monitor treatment effectiveness, and observe trends in the condition of public lands. The data also becomes publicly available for download. To learn more about the BLM's AIM strategy, visit https://www.blm.gov/aim
This work involves following standardized protocols for vegetation sampling, plant identification, and digging and describing soil pits. Crew members will complete all the same sampling tasks and day-to-day work as the crew lead and team lead (see associated BSRT 2 and 3 positions) but may have less experience with the vegetation and are paired with a more experienced partner.
The position is entirely field based, with crews working a Wednesday-Wednesday hitch schedule (hitch 1 will be May 1-8) following a week-long mandatory training at the beginning of the season (April 18-19 online and April 22-26 in-person in Prineville, OR). On 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 some flexibility in where they can live, but crews must be based within a reasonable driving distance of the sampling areas. In past seasons, crews have been based in western Oregon (such as Corvallis, Portland, and Eugene), central Oregon (such as Redmond or Bend), or central Washington (for crews based in Washington). Housing is not provided for this position, but a generous per diem is provided for food and camping while on hitch.
Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science); OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
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.
Must work 10-hour days for 8 days at a time Wednesday to Wednesday followed by 6 days off in between.
Typical workday starts at 7:00 am but may be adjusted earlier or later on a day-to-day basis for reasons including, but not limited to, avoiding afternoon thunderstorms, and working in cooler temperatures.
Ability to work in a variety of harsh and quickly changing weather and environmental conditions including hot weather with limited shade, and smoky conditions.
Will be working and camping outside in remote field study areas.
Involves spending a lot of time in a vehicle and must have a valid driver's license.
Routinely hike off trail across uneven/rugged terrain while carrying a backpack with research equipment and personal gear for up to 6 miles in a day (research plots are typically no more than 3 miles from a road, many are less than 3 miles).
Regularly requires squatting, kneeling, and standing for extended periods of time.
Requires lifting and moving around research equipment and gear (coolers, 7-gallon water jugs, etc.) in and out of work vehicles.
Routinely dig 70 cm (2.3 ft) deep soil pits by hand with a sharpshooter shovel.
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