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Oregon State University Forest Animal Ecology Lab
Job Overview

1 ASSISTANT FIELD CREW LEADER AND 2 FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR FOREST POLLINATOR GENETICS PROJECTS led by Dr. Jim Rivers (http://people.forestry.oregonstate.edu/jim-rivers/), Dr. Sara Galbraith (Post-doctoral researcher), and Rachel Zitomer (MSc. Candidate) in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

The objective of this research is to assess how behavior, population dynamics, and health of native bee species are affected by management activities and stand/landscape characteristics in managed forests using cutting genetic techniques, including genetic metabarcoding and kinship reconstruction. Research assistants will work with both commercially reared and wild bee species throughout the season.

Duties consist of:

  • sampling wild pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps, non-lethal tissue samples)
  • monitoring solitary bees in artificial nests
  • extracting pollen samples from nests and specimens
  • conducting pollination experiments
  • quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat
  • processing specimens in the lab, and entering data

Field work will take place in the rugged and scenic Coast Range of western Oregon and will involve physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, cold, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, logging slash, stinging insects, hazardous plants), working long days, including some weekends, driving on logging roads, and navigating through difficult forest terrain. Positions run approximately April 15-September 4, 2019; there is the potential for some flexibility on start and end dates. Pay rate is $2,300-$2,500/month for the assistant crew leader position and $2,200-$2,400/month for research assistants. Free shared housing (including utilities) in Philomath or Corvallis, Oregon will be provided for the full duration of the position, as well as project-related transportation.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology, botany, or a related field plus a minimum of 2 years of field experience (2 season-long field positions = 2 years of field experience). Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with insect collection and identification, have previous experience sampling pollinators in field settings, and are familiar with Oregon flora. Successful applicants will:

  • be self-motivated, with a strong work ethic
  • be able to carry heavy gear (30+ lbs) on steep slopes
  • be able to work and live harmoniously as part of a team
  • have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions
  • have a proven track record working safely, efficiently, and cooperative manner in a team setting
  • applicants for the assistant crew leader position should have the above qualities as well as demonstrated leadership skills and experience making decisions and communicating effectively under challenging field conditions.

To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF containing (1) a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the specific duties described in the position description; (2) a full-length CV or resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone) of three references. In cover letter, please clarify which position (assistant crew leader or research assistant) you are applying for and, if applying for assistant crew leader, whether you would be willing to accept a research assistant position as well. This document should be emailed to Rachel Zitomer at oregonbeecrew[at]gmail[dot]com with “Pollinator Genetics Crew 2019” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on January 14th, and positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.