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Seasonal Wetland Technicians

Location: Hines, OR
Job Category: Seasonal at $15-17/ hr

The High Desert Partnership is seeking 1 lead wetlands technician ($17/hr) and 2 regular wetlands technicians ($15/hr) to help implement two wet meadow monitoring projects within the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Beginning in mid-June and ending in mid-August, technicians will visit project sites throughout the refuge and collect data on vegetation standing crop and production, plant species compositions, and other various habitat quality metrics. Fieldwork will occur on weekdays and may consist of 8-10 hour workdays (not to exceed 40 hours/week). Technicians should anticipate (1) working in and around areas with abundant mosquitos, (2) working in dry heat and other inclement weather conditions, (3) repetitive bending motions when collecting data and (4) living in a remote setting with very limited services. The lead wetlands technician will also oversee all day-to-day field activities, lead a crew of 2 field technicians, and will report to the project coordinator. Technicians will have the opportunity to gain experience utilizing various types of sampling equipment and will have the opportunity to network with our partners, which includes staff from agencies and non-profit organizations.

Duties: Flexibility in assigned tasks is a must for this position. Below is a general list of duties that technicians may be asked to perform:

  • Conducting line-point intercepts to measure foliar and basal cover, ground cover, and plant species compositions
  • Identifying wetland/rangeland plants to species using plant identification guides
  • Entering biological data using Microsoft Excel or Access
  • Following detailed field protocols
  • Assisting refuge biologists with other on-going monitoring projects

Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants who have or are pursuing degrees in the biological or natural resource sciences (e.g., botany, ecology, or rangeland) and have experience/training in (1) identifying plant species (preferably Great Basin), (2) vegetation sampling techniques, such as line-point intercept, biomass sampling, visual obscurity estimations with Robel pole, and transect/ground photo monitoring, (3) living or working in rural/remote locations, and (4) experience operating 4WD vehicles and GPS units. The Lead Wetlands Technician should also have prior experience leading and supervising field crews (minimum 1-2 field seasons). Successful applicants will need to have a valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three references as one file to Benjamin Cate by April 30, 2019. In your cover letter, please state which position you are applying for (i.e., Lead Technician or Regular Technician).

Contact Person: Ben Cate | ben@highdesertpartnership.org | 541 573 7820.

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