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Biological Science Research Technician 1

Oregon State University

Blue River ,  Oregon
Botany Forestry

Position Summary
This recruitment will be used to fill two full-time Bio Sciences Research Technician 1 positions for the Forest Engineering, Resources & Management at Oregon State University.

These positions will support a research project investigating the impacts of uneven-aged silvicultural systems on tree growth and vegetation dynamics in Douglas Fir stands in Western Oregon. Duties include collecting inventory data used to sample overstory and understory vegetation composition and structure. Work will be conducted in a field setting on the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.

Position Duties

75% – Field Work:
- Conduct basic forest inventory measurements (e.g., measuring tree diameters, heights, and canopy cover) on an established plot network.
- Conduct tree regeneration inventories.
- Collect understory vegetation data using ocular cover estimates in small quadrats and planar intercept transects.
- Utilize GPS units and map and compass navigation to locate established field plots.

15% – Lead small field crew and mentor student workers. Answer questions from crew; demonstrate mensuration/inventory techniques.

5% – Maintain field mensuration equipment.

5% – Transcribe data from field forms into spreadsheet templates.

Drive Oregon State University (OSU) Motor Pool vehicles from campus to the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, and within the field site on forested roads.

Minimum Qualifications
Two years of college-level courses in (specific field of biological science); OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Additional Required Qualifications

  • Two years of college-level courses in forestry, natural resources, botany, geography or related field; OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Experience with the identification of woody and herbaceous vegetation and the use of plant identification keys.
  • Experience with forest or vegetation inventory.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license and be eligible to drive OSU Motor Pool vehicles.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Proficient in the identification of woody and herbaceous plant species common to forests in Western Oregon.
  • Prior experience working on field crews in the Pacific Northwest.
  • A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

  • These positions will be required to work ten hour shifts, four days a week. Housing will be provided at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest.
  • These positions are required to work in a forested environment in all weather conditions, and to hike steep slopes through uneven and brushy terrain, with exposure to biting and/or stinging insects and plants that can cause allergic reactions.
  • Incumbents are required to provide their own personal protective equipment such as appropriate footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, and personal first aid kits.
  • The ability to lift/push/pull up to 30 pounds is required.


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