(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 cutting-edge genetic 
techniques, including DNA metabarcoding. 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
•        extracting pollen samples from nests and specimens
•       conducting pollination experiments
•       quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat
•       processing specimens in the lab
•       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 
•       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.  

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