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Rangeland and Fire Ecology Technician
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Posting Date: 24 Jan 14
Closing Date: 31 Mar 14
Program: Juniper Woodland and Shrub Steppe Ecology
Start Date: May/June, 2014 or
End Date: August/Sept, 2014; 10 to 12 weeks of employment
Location: Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns, Oregon.
Number of Positions Available: 2
Job Description: Techs work with the research scientist. Fieldwork is oriented to ecological studies with emphasis in plant succession, plant community structure and composition, and post-fire ecology. Responsibilities are to assist in the collection of field data (vegetation and soils descriptions). Field work takes up about 85% of the position responsibilities. Work is in rugged and remote areas of southeastern Oregon and southwest Idaho. Office work is mainly data entry. Laboratory work consists of biomass separation and weighing, seed cleaning and weighing, and preparation of soils for analysis.
Research projects include:
(1) Restoration of aspen and sagebrushsteppe communities; southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho.
(2) Fire ecology in juniper woodlands and sagebrush steppe; southeast Oregon and southwest Idaho.
(3) Influence of fire and grazing on vegetation succession on sagebrush steppe.
(4) Prescribed fire applications – September (tentative)
Requirements: Applicants must be undergraduates (Fresh., Soph., Junior) in range, soils, wildlife, or other natural resource fields. Students should be familiar with computer spreadsheets. Students must be capable of hiking over steep and rough terrain and camping for up to a 2 to 4 nights. Must be able to lift/pack up to 50 lbs. and able to squat/kneel for extended periods of time for sample collection. Applicants must be US citizen and have a valid driver’s license.
Salary and Housing: $10-13/hr depending on experience. Workweek is typically 40-50 hours. Overtime pay over 40 hrs. A food allowance of $15.00/day is provided when staying overnight in the field. Housing and utilities are provided at the research station at no charge.
To Apply: Send or email letter of interest, resume, and 3 references to the address below. List any pertinent classes in range science, botany, natural resources, wildlife, and soil science. Oregon State is AA/EOE.
Dr. Jon Bates E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
EOARC-Burns Phone: 541-573-8932
67826-A Hwy 205, Website: http://oregonstate.edu/dept/EOARC/
Burns, OR 97720
Contact Information:Dr. Jon Bates
67826-A Hwy 205
Burns, OR 97720
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