STUDY led by Dr. 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. 

Crew leader position runs approximately April 15-September 4, 2019; 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 
$2500-$2700/month for crew leader and $2200-$2400/month for research 
assistants, 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 for 
research assistants (2 season-long field positions = 2 years of field 
experience) and 3 years of field experience for crew leader. 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. Crew leader applicants should have these 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 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 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. 

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