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*Avian Research Fellowship – Bioacoustics*
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Eugene, Oregon [no relocation support available]
USDA Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station invite applications for
research fellows. Fellows will deploy and monitor autonomous recording units
(ARUs) in northern spotted owl study sites to acoustically monitor for the
presence of forest owl species. These are full time, fixed term, seasonal
fellowships administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
(ORISE; http://orise.orau.gov), with a preferred starting date as soon as
possible and an ending date of August 31, 2019. This project will be based in
Eugene, Oregon. Some travel between the several study locations may be required
and would last no more than two weeks. The selected applicants will be ORISE
fellows and mentored by the USDA Forest Service. Participation in this program
requires driving federally-owned vehicles on primitive forest roads and
navigating difficult terrain on foot to access ARUs in remote locations. Some
overnight camping maybe required throughout the season. Fellows must
be able to conduct duties independently in an isolated environment following
established protocols to deploy, monitor, and collect ARUs throughout the
season. Orienteering skills using topographic maps, aerial photos, compass, and
handheld GPS units are essential. The research is physically strenuous and
involves hiking in rain, snow, heat, and on steep, brushy slopes without
established trails. Fellows will function within a 2-person team. Job Duties:
Deploy, monitor, and retrieve ARUs from remote mountainous locations. Maintain
accurate field notes, care for field equipment and government vehicles. Perform
office work including data entry, uploading and storing data collected from
ARUs, scanning recordings for vocalizations, maintaining field notes, and
coordinating work with crewmates. Complete all required in-person and online
training. Perform other duties as assigned. Most duties will be performed
during daylight hours, but night work may be necessary at times, so
comfort working and driving at night is required. All duties must be performed
with a high degree of quality, uniformity, and timeliness. This is a full-time
appointment which requires 40 hours per week. The fellow will work varying time
schedules throughout the season, with work being done during the day, night,
and/or early morning. Housing will not be provided for these positions, but
local housing options are available. Federally-owned work vehicles will be
provided to perform job duties. Health insurance is a program requirement.
ORISE-offered health insurance is available for fellows at an additional cost.
ORISE research participants are not employees and are not eligible for worker’s
compensation through ORISE or through USFS. Participants are required to have
health insurance and should receive treatment through their regular health care
• Postgraduate: Candidate must have received an associate’s, bachelor’s,
masters or doctorate degree in an appropriate discipline within 5 years of the
desired starting date. or
• Student: Candidate must be an undergraduate, or graduate student enrolled in
an accredited U.S. college, university, technical institute, or pre-college
school, or must be in an institution approved by USFS.
• Previous field experience should include orienteering skills including the
use of maps, compass, and handheld GPS units.
• Above average physical fitness, willingness to perform duties during
• Ability and willingness to work in backcountry.
• Ability to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Ability to conduct work independently or as part of a team as the situation
• Ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
• Interest in wildlife ecology and desire to enhance understanding of the
ecology of Pacific Northwest forests.
$2,200/month for current student; $2,400/month for postgraduate.