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Zumwalt Prairie Field Technician

The Nature Conservancy

Enterprise ,  Oregon

The Zumwalt Prairie Field Technician is a member of a team that performs ecological monitoring projects on grasslands in northeast Oregon. This position requires living in shared housing provided by the Conservancy both on the Zumwalt Prairie Preserve and in the town of Enterprise, Oregon. 


The Zumwalt Prairie Field Technician contributes to conservation and active management of the Zumwalt Prairie by working with the Zumwalt Ecology Technician to implement monitoring, research and botanical inventory projects on Conservancy-owned and other private lands in northeast Oregon. S/he uses standardized protocols for sampling vegetation plots, identifies plants to species level, uses ArcMap to make maps for field use and utilizes database interfaces for collecting and entering data. The Field Technician also assists with project planning and routinely leads a small crew of volunteers to conduct field work. Data entry, maintenance of project databases (including GIS), and management of field data collection devices are other key responsibilities. 


  • Independently travels across rough terrain, using GPS and maps to locate survey sites.
  • Makes day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor
  • Maintains high standards of data accuracy, maintenance and organization using a variety of technology.
  • Works with Zumwalt Ecology Technician to coordinate and oversee day-to-day activities of volunteers and interns on a project basis.
  • May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.


  • Associates Degree in natural resources; environmental studies or equivalent combination of education and 6 months experience.
  • Experience managing and prioritizing tasks from multiple sources.


  • Bachelor’s degree in science-related field.
  • 1-2 years of experience in ecological monitoring and field data collection.
  • Cross cultural and multilingual skills appreciated.
  • Experience with GIS software and GPS devices.
  • Knowledge of grassland ecology, including dynamics of invasive plant populations and ecological effects of grazing.
  • Familiarity with grassland flora of the Intermountain West.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with staff, volunteers and external parties, sometimes under pressure, in order to complete project goals in a timely manner.
  • Proven organizational skills and strong attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Confidence and skill operating 4 x 4 trucks.
  • Experience leading field crews and being responsible for the well-being of a group


  • This position requires living in shared housing provided by the Conservancy in Zumwalt Prairie Preserve and in the town of Enterprise, OR. 
  • This is a temporary, 5-month, 40 hours per week position with a target start date of 4/24/17. 
  • Preferred hiring range is $17.32-$18.62. 
  • This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Further details can be found in the full job announcement online by following the instructions below.


Submit resume and cover letter to the online application link below or search job ID 45015 on our careers page at

All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 8:59 PM Pacific Time on 2/3/2017.

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