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Oregon State University Forest Animal Ecology Lab
Job Overview

5 RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR FOREST POLLINATOR STUDY led by Dr. Jim Rivers (http://people.forestry.oregonstate.edu/jim-rivers/) and Dr. Sara Galbraith in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University. The objective of this research is to assess how native pollinator communities within managed forests are influenced by stand age and management intensity. 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. Primary duties of crew members will consist of collecting pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps) in managed forest stands, conducting pollination experiments, quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat, monitoring solitary managed bees, and entering data.


Research assistant positions run approximately April 29-September 4, 2019; there is the potential for some flexibility on start and end dates. Pay rate is  $2200-$2400/month, depending on previous research experience. We will also provide free housing (including utilities) for the full duration of the position, as well as free project-related transportation.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology 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 who are familiar with Oregon flora. Successful applicants will be self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, be able to carry heavy gear (30+ lbs) on steep slopes, be able to work harmoniously in a group living situation, have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record, be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions, and have a proven track record of working in a safe, efficient, and cooperative manner in a team setting.

To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF or MS-Word file that contains (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 who may be contacted; this document should be emailed to [email protected] with “Pollinator Crew 2019” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on January 14th, and positions will be filled as qualified applications are received.