Employment Opportunities

Fire Ecology Research in the Klamath Mountains – Spring/Summer 2015

Description: Six (6) positions are available to collect field data for a study examining how a changing
climate may alter the disturbance-recovery dynamics of forest vegetation after fire in the Klamath
Mountains of Northern California and southwestern Oregon. This NSF-funded project is a collaboration
among several universities and agencies. Successful candidates will be responsible for: learning and
applying the research protocol; locating study sites using topographic maps, GPS and aerial photos;
establishing research plots; identifying woody plants to species; collecting tree cores to reconstruct tree
establishment and growth; measuring trees and shrubs; collecting samples of leaf litter and soils;
installing microclimate sensors; legibly recording data; organizing data sheets; and assisting with day-today
logistics. Ideal candidates will have coursework and/or experience in one or more of the following
areas: forest inventory, field ecology, tree coring, dendrochronology, plant identification, or soil science.
Crew members must be capable of working long hours under strenuous field conditions (steep slopes,
dense vegetation, high temperatures), and working and living in a team environment. Crews will be
based in Northern California where housing will be provided; camping will also be required due to the
remoteness of some study sites. Positions last approximately 12 weeks and will start periodically from
mid-May to mid-June. Applicants with previous experience may perform lead work.

Minimum qualifications:
· Two years of college-level courses in a relevant discipline (forestry, botany, natural resources,
environmental science, etc.) or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
· Skilled in identifying woody plant species.
· Ability to work long hours in rugged terrain.
· Ability to work in a team environment.
· Organized and self-motivated; attentive to detail; legible handwriting.
· Possession of a valid driver’s license.

Preferred qualifications:
· Experience with vegetation sampling and forest inventory measurements.
· Familiarity with flora of the Klamath Mountains and experience using taxonomic keys.
· Skilled in off-trail navigation (map reading, compass orienteering, use of GPS).
· Experience in tree coring.
· Experience in collecting soil samples.
· Ability to work independently and reliably.
· A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary: $14-$15/hour, depending on qualifications and experience
Duration: 12 weeks, possibly more, starting from mid-May to mid-June
Application closing date: February 22, 2015

On-line application instructions:
1. Application procedure depends on student status. You are considered a student if you are enrolled
for at least 6 credits in spring and intending to take at least 6 credits in the fall.
2. Copy and paste the appropriate url into your browser:
o Students: jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65766 If url does not
work, search for posting number 0013849.
o Non-students: jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65777 If url does not
work, search for posting number 0013859.

For more information, please contact: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon
State University (rob.pabst@oregonstate.edu)