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Seasonal Field Research Tech with an Option for MS Degree Program on Seabird Restoration Project

Timothy Lawes, February 27, 2016

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University has an opening for a Field Research Technician within the Pigeon Guillemot Restoration Project in Prince William Sound, Alaska, with the option to subsequently matriculate as a graduate student seeking a Masters degree in Wildlife Science. Studies will include on-colony behavioral and productivity observations, surveys to determine nesting distribution (using boats), and diet sampling to determine diet composition of nesting Pigeon Guillemots. This is an on-going project in collaboration with researchers from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and mink trappers from USDA Wildlife Services. This position provides excellent field research experience and employees can expect to learn a great deal about seabird biology. Depending on interest, performance, and qualifications, the successful applicant could subsequently matriculate as a graduate student (MS degree) in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. Further information about the project can be viewed at

LOCATION: Seasonal Field Technician position to be based out of Anchorage, Alaska, but during the field season will live at a field camp on Naked Island in Prince William Sound, Alaska.

DATES: Full time seasonal position with anticipated starting date of May 1, 2016. Anticipated ending date is August 31. Work period may be extended beyond the anticipated end date as needed; flexibility on end date is desirable.

SALARY: $2300.00 monthly salary, shared housing and food stipend are provided.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess and maintain a current, valid Driver’s License, and D.O.I. Motorboat Operators Certification Course (MOCC) Certificate (or be willing to obtain one). Applicants must also posses a Bachelors degree in Wildlife Science or similar field. The seasonal technician will be employed through a temporary hiring agency and will be required to pass a drug screening and background check.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants should have a strong interest in avian ecology, feel comfortable working on small boats (current Department of Interior motor boat operator (MOCC) certification a plus), and be a good swimmer. Climbing experience is also preferred as the job may entail some repelling up to 100 feet. Preference will be given for knowledge of boat operation, seabird behavior, climbing experience, fish identification experience, and live trapping.

DUTIES: Field technician position requires long hours of data collection, often in suboptimal conditions (wet, cold, and windy), with infrequent and irregular time off. The work is physically strenuous and involves crawling on knees, bending over or stooping, and sitting for extended periods of time using binoculars and spotting scopes. Repelling to nests using climbing equipment may also be required. All duties must be performed with a high degree of quality, uniformity, and timeliness. The employee must work as a team member and may be required to live and work in close quarters and in isolated settings for extended periods of time. In addition to the duties list above, all employees will be expected to assist with field site preparation and maintenance, which can be physically demanding at times.

APPLICATIONS: A complete application must consist of an attached SINGLE DOCUMENT (Word or PDF) containing; 1) a one page cover letter addressing your qualifications as they relate to the specific requirements, qualifications, and duties described above, 2) a professional resume, and 3) telephone numbers and email addresses of three references familiar with the applicant's professional qualifications. Application Documents must be named with the following format; Lastname_Firstname_2016PWSField Tech_MS. Microsoft Word files preferred. For full consideration apply by March 31, 2016.

SUBMIT TO: Dr. Daniel Roby at with subject line: 2016 PIGU Grad Student

Email submissions preferred or send hard copies to:

Daniel D. Roby, Professor Department of Fisheries and Wildlife Oregon State University 104 Nash Hall Corvallis, OR, 97331-3803

If you have specific questions regarding this position, please contact David Irons (