Spotted Owl Surveyor

Hamer Environmental

Roseburg, Oregon

Job Type Temporary
Salary Details Salaried Position at: $1,680 - $2,000, DOE, paid every 2 weeks (equivalent of $21.00-$25.00/hour)
Deadline May 31, 2024
Required Experience 2 - 6 years

A field biologist is needed to conduct surveys for the Northern Spotted Owl on government-owned lands at multiple locations near Roseburg, Oregon. Some selected biologists may also be asked to assist on Marbled Murrelet or other wildlife survey projects in Oregon, if time allows. For Spotted Owls, the work includes: conducting night time calling surveys in mature and old-growth coniferous forests following a strict protocol, conducting daytime follow-up and activity center search survey off-trail in the forest, establishment of survey routes and calling stations, collecting habitat data, conducting surveys, transcribing data and reporting to your supervisor. Applicants should be comfortable navigating and working alone in the forest under dark conditions and inclement weather. Most calling stations are located on roads, while a few stations require hiking 15 min – 1 hour each way.

Founded in 1992, Hamer Environmental is a multi-disciplinary environmental consulting firm. Our mission is to supply quality natural resource consulting. We offer a full range of environmental services throughout the U.S. We service a wide variety of state and federal agencies, universities, energy companies, private industry, engineering/ architectural firms, consulting firms, public utilities, oil and gas companies, tribal corporations and conservation organizations. 

Hamer is an equal opportunity employer. Just like in our own environment, a healthy ecosystem is a diverse one and we think success is an abundance of perspectives, backgrounds, geographies, and experiences. We look forward to your ideas being part of our next great solution. We strongly encourage applications from people of all races, color, genders, national origins, religions, disabilities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and creeds. 

For the project we will provide housing, 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:

  • Locating and flagging survey stations;
  • Conducting audio-visual surveys in the forests of Western Oregon during the day and night;
  • Collecting and transcribing data accurately and legibly and entering data into database;
  • Maintaining work vehicle, inspection and mileage logs
  • Participating in safety meetings
  • Other related work as needed.


  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in biology, wildlife biology, or natural sciences strongly preferred;
  • Two-years of field biology experience, including a minimum of one season of Spotted Owl survey experience required (previous experience following the 2012 SPOW survey protocol strongly desired);
  • Western bird identification skills
  • Comfortable camping and surveying alone;
  • Strong orienteering skills using compass, GPS, map and aerial photos;
  • Capable of working alone, in the dark and in inclement weather;
  • Excellent physical fitness necessary to hike in very steep terrain (and regularly off-trail);
  • Effective communication skills and ability to work alone and in teams;
  • Clean driving record; and
  • Normal vision and hearing necessary.

Expected Dates of Employment: now through August, 2024.

Employment may be extended depending on project needs, employee performance and additional projects that may become available.


To Apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional references to Apply@hamerenvironmental.com. Please do not apply if you do not meet the minimum qualifications. Interviews will be conducted by phone or Microsoft Teams.

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Category Wildlife
Tags Environmental Consulting , Ornithology