Avian point count technicians (2) needed for a forest management research
study. This study aims to understand how bird communities change as forests
develop following harvest, in the Oregon Coast Range. The study is a component
of a long-term research effort at Oregon State University (OSU) to understand
the tradeoffs between forest management and biodiversity conservation.
Technicians will receive $2100 - $2400 per month (commensurate with
experience). Housing is not provided.
1. Conduct avian point count surveys in remote forest stands
2. Collect vegetation/habitat data in remote forest stands
3. Practice fastidious and detail-oriented data collection and data entry
Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
This position will require working outdoors in inclement weather (rain, cold,
heat), hiking through recently harvested forest stands, and carrying gear up to
25 lbs. The point count locations are accessed by driving on dirt roads by 4WD
vehicle. The technician will be working closely with the supervisor, Scott
Harris, to access field site locations, but actual point count surveys will
mostly be conducted alone. The technician will need to practice appropriate
risk management for independent remote field work. Because we are counting
birds, field days start very early and may involve work on weekends. Data entry
will take place in the office following field work. Technicians will be based
in Corvallis, Oregon or nearby community.
1. Physically fit, motivated, and comfortable working in a remote outdoor
2. Previous work experience identifying birds by sight and sound
3. Data entry experience (MS Excel), and an understanding and commitment
to precise data collection and entry.
4. Adaptable to changing work schedules
5. A satisfactory driving record to be approved to drive OSU vehicles.
1. Previous work experience identifying birds by sight and sound in the
2. Familiarity with birds of the Pacific Northwest
3. A Bachelor’s degree in a biological or environmental science field.
Please send cover letter, resume, and 3 references with phone numbers and
e-mail addresses to: Scott Harris,
are also welcome. Applicant review will begin on February 28, 2018 and continue
until the positions are filled.
May 15, 2017 through July 20, 2017
Scott Harris, Graduate Research Fellow
Forest Biodiversity Research Network
Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society
Oregon State University