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Seasonal Positions - Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project

Lindsay Adrean, January 4, 2019
 

The Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project is hiring for the 2019 breeding season. There are 13 available positions including crew leads, aerial telemetry technicians, general technicians, and interns. All positions will assist with a long-term, large-scale study of space use and nest success of the federally threatened Marbled Murrelet. Field methods include the use of radio telemetry, point counts, electronic audio and visual equipment, and vegetation sampling to collect data on nesting and space use. Aerial technicians will track marked birds from fixed-wing aircraft and participate in all ground duties.

Crews will be stationed in shared field housing on the central Oregon coast. The field schedule will be variable and includes long days, very early mornings, and night work, with limited time off. Extensive driving is required on unimproved forest roads with active logging, as well as through paved but busy tourist towns. Field work occurs in all weather conditions. Wind, fog, rain, biting/stinging insects, and poison oak will be encountered on a regular basis. All personnel should expect to carry loads upwards of 50 lbs in steep, loose terrain. Physical fitness is necessary for safe transport of heavy and expensive equipment to off-trail forest locations; prior experience hiking and backpacking is an asset. Work will occur solo and in pairs depending on the nature of the work. Some travel out of state may be required. Compensation is a monthly salary, based on experience, plus shared field housing and use of 4-wheel drive vehicles for work activities.

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