1 Assistant Crew Leader and 2 Field Research Assistants

OSU Forest Animal Ecology Lab Corvallis, Oregon
Job Type Seasonal / temporary

1 ASSISTANT FIELD CREW LEADER AND 2 FIELD RESEARCH ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR FOREST POLLINATOR GENETICS PROJECTS lead by Dr. Jim Rivers (, Dr. Sara Galbraith (Post-doctoral researcher), and Rachel Zitomer (MSc. Candidate) in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University.

The objective of this research is to assess how behavior, population dynamics, and health of two native bee species are affected by management activities and stand/landscape characteristics in managed forests using genetic techniques. Research assistants will work with both commercially reared and wild bee species throughout the season.  Duties will consist of collecting wild pollinators using a variety of techniques (netting, traps, non-lethal tissue samples), monitoring solitary bees in artificial nests, conducting pollination experiments, quantifying floral resources and nesting habitat, processing specimens in the lab, and entering data. Field work will take place in the rugged and scenic Coast Range of western Oregon and will involve physically demanding work in challenging conditions (heat, cold, rain, sun, steep slopes, loose rock, logging slash, stinging insects, hazardous plants), working long days, including some weekends, driving on logging roads, and navigating through difficult forest terrain.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a B.S. degree in entomology, animal ecology, botany, or a related field plus a minimum of 2 years of field experience (2 season-long field positions = 2 years of field experience). Preference will be given to candidates who are proficient with insect collection and identification, have previous experience sampling pollinators in field settings, and are familiar with Oregon flora. Successful applicants will:

  • be self-motivated, with a strong work ethic
  • be able to carry heavy gear (30+ lbs) on steep slopes
  • be able to work and live harmoniously with their crew-mates
  • have a valid driver’s license and clean driving record
  • be able to maintain a positive disposition under challenging field conditions
  • have a proven track record working safely, efficiently, and cooperative manner in a team setting
  • applicants for the assistant crew leader position should have the above qualities as well as demonstrated leadership skills and experience making decisions and communicating effectively under challenging field conditions.


To apply: Applicants should create a single PDF file that contains (1) a cover letter addressing the candidate’s qualifications as they relate to the specific duties described in the position description; (2) a full-length CV or resume; and (3) the names and contact information (email, telephone) of three references. In cover letter, please clarify which position (assistant crew leader or research assistant) you are applying for and, if applying for assistant crew leader, whether you would be willing to accept a research assistant position as well. This document should be emailed to with “Pollinator Genetics Crew 2019” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on January 14th, and positions will be filled as qualified applications are received. 

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Yellow-faced bumble bee (Cr. Julia Battisti). Uploaded by OSU Forest Animal Ecology Lab
Yellow-faced bumble bee (Cr. Julia Battisti). Uploaded by OSU Forest Animal Ecology Lab