(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 two native bee species are affected by management activities and 
stand/landscape characteristics in managed forests using genetic techniques. 
Research assistants will work with both commercially reared and wild bee 
species throughout the season.  Duties will consist of collecting wild 
pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps, non-lethal tissue 
samples), monitoring solitary bees in artificial nests, 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. We will also provide free shared housing (including utilities) in 
Philomath or Corvallis, Oregon 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, 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 with their crew-mates
•       have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
•       be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field 
•       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 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. 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 
oregonbeec...@gmail.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.  

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