Marbled Murrelet Surveyor

Hamer Environmental

Roseburg or Coastal, Oregon

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Salary Position at: $1,473 - $1,603, paid twice monthly (equivalent of $17.00-18.50/hr), depending on experience.
Required Experience 0 - 1 years

Multiple biological field technicians are needed to conduct surveys for a threatened seabird, the Marbled Murrelet, on private and government-owned forest lands in western Oregon. The work includes conducting early morning surveys in mature and old-growth coniferous forests following a strict protocol, establishment of survey routes, collecting habitat data, conducting surveys, transcribing data onto field forms and into an electronic database, and reporting to your crew lead and supervisor. Applicants should be comfortable navigating and working alone in the forest before dawn and in inclement weather. Some survey stations are located on roads, while most stations require hiking 15 min – 1 hour each way through steep and rugged terrain. Hiking into survey stations will be done in the dark as surveys begin 45 minutes before sunrise.

Hamer Environmental is a long-established private environmental consulting firm headquartered in Mount Vernon, WA and Portland, OR. Hamer Environmental offers a wide range of specialty ecological services, including consultations on threatened and endangered species, ornithological-radar surveys, bat acoustic monitoring, seabird and marine mammal surveys, endangered-species consultations, bird and bat migration studies, and many other services. More information can be found at:

For the project, we will provide a full survey certification training, housing, 4WD work vehicle and all field equipment. A vehicle bonus and mileage reimbursement will be provided to biologists using their own 4WD/AWD high clearance, reliable vehicle on the project.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct audio-visual surveys at dawn
  • Initial set-up of survey stations using map, compass, and handheld GPS
  • Flagging and brushing trails to survey stations
  • Collecting and transcribing data accurately and legibly
  • Entering data into Excel spreadsheets
  • Regular maintenance of field vehicles and equipment
  • Other related work as needed

Expected Dates of Employment: late May / early June to August 2022

Employment may be extended depending on available projects, workload, employee performance and interest.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife biology, or natural sciences required
  • One season of field experience required
  • Comfortable camping and surveying alone
  • Strong orienteering/navigating skills using GPS, map, compass, and aerial photos
  • Capable of working alone, in the dark, in very steep terrain and inclement weather
  • Western bird identification skills preferred
  • Previous experience conducting field research or surveys on birds preferred
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work alone and in teams
  • Clean driving record (DMV driving record required upon hiring)
  • Normal vision and hearing (hearing test required)

Please note this position has a COVID vaccine requirement, as allowable under the law.


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