Temporary Biological Sciences Research Technician 2
Oregon State University
Location: Corvallis, Oregon
Internal Number: 148431
Internal Job Number: P04575CT
This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time Temporary Biological Sciences Research Technician 2 positions for the Institute for Natural Resources at Oregon State University (OSU). This position is anticipated to end on November 1, 2024 and is located in California.
This project will conduct broad-scale monitoring for fisher, marten, and other carnivore species in the southern Sierra Nevada. There have been dramatic landscape changes due to fire and drought and there is a need to identify how tree mortality and subsequent extreme fires are influencing fisher occupancy, density, habitat use, diet and connectivity across the southern Sierras. This information can be used to better understand how fishers are adapting to this changed landscape and guide management to promote continued population persistence while also addressing the need to reduce fuel loads to prevent catastrophic wildfires. Oregon State University (OSU) will work closely with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to accomplish these goals.
There are two crew leader positions available. Crew leaders are mainly responsible for overall logistics of the field work for a total of seven OSU field technicians and two Student Conservation Association interns, including:
Pre-scouting monitoring locations to identify any safety concerns, best access routes, and camping sites;
Preparing crew schedules and work assignments;
Providing training and guidance for crew members;
Tracking inventory of field supplies and equipment, as well as vehicles and needed vehicle repairs/maintenance;
Communicating problems or concerns to OSU Research Assistants, the Carnivore Monitoring Field Coordinator and USFS Program Leader.
They will also conduct field work to assist crew members in accomplishing sampling targets. Crew leaders will be responsible for overseeing data quality and organization for the project, and ensuring consistency and accuracy in data management across the crew. They may also help summarize data for analysis and reports. Lastly, they will coordinate with USFS staff to organize, provide training, and execute district or forest level carnivore surveys as needed.
These physically demanding duties, primarily in remote locations, will provide crew leaders with rewarding exposure to California's backcountry. These positions require extensive driving on both paved and unpaved roads in rugged terrain using 4-wheel drive, and off-trail hiking in steep terrain at high altitudes (3,000-10,000 ft.) on a daily basis. This position requires a high level of physical fitness(capable of hiking 5-15 miles off-trail/day) and ability to cope with strenuous field conditions that include hot temperatures, steep terrain, dense vegetation, poison oak, inclement weather, and insects, all while maintaining a positive attitude and high degree of situational awareness.
Overnight camping will be required for 3 nights/week for most of the field season as many survey locations are long distances from the crew office and housing. Thus, crew leaders will be camping for most of the field season in both developed campgrounds and dispersed camping sites. Crew leaders may be expected to camp and work independently on occasion. Crew leaders and the Field Coordinator will provide information on potential camping sites to field technicians. The project will also provide group gear, but sleeping bag, field clothes, boots must be provided by crew leaders. Crew leaders will receive field per diem for overnight travel days to buy food or other items needed. When not camping for work and on days off, housing will be provided near Shaver Lake, California or Oakhurst, California.
Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science) and one year of experience related to the area of assignment at the Biological Research Technician 1 level; 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.
The crew leaders will work independently, driving to remote areas of public land (i.e., USFS) on dirt and gravel roads and will hike on and off-trail through rugged terrain to set and maintain sampling stations. Sampling efforts will occasionally require working non-standard hours, including early mornings and late evenings. Crew leaders may be expected to work some overtime hours with supervisor approval and employee interest in order to achieve project goals.
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