Butterfly Research Technician: Oregon

Agency:  Washington State University – Vancouver

Location:  Salem/Monmouth, OR

Job Category:  Temporary/Seasonal Positions

Salary:  $10/hr. Housing & mileage reimbursement provided.

Start Date:  05/01/2013

Last Date to Apply:  04/17/2013

Project:  An ongoing project investigating the impacts of herbicides, used in the management of invasive grasses in Pacific Northwest prairies, on prairie butterflies including the endangered Fender’s Blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides fenderi) . The following position offer an excellent opportunity to get endangered species, applied ecological, and plant/insect research experiences.

Duties:
– Monitoring of emergence traps for butterfly enclosures.
– Capture, handling, marking and measuring of butterflies from emergence traps.
– Data entry and curation.

Description:  This part-time (~ 15 hrs/week) position will run from early May until late June and will be based entirely at Baskett Slough NWR near Salem, Oregon. Will involve 2-3 hours of work per day 4-5 days per week and can be flexible with work schedule.

Qualifications: – A positive attitude and an interest in environmental sciences, conservation biology, or other relevant biological fields.
– Ability to work independently
– Strong attention to detail
– Ability to carry up to 20 lbs of equipment up and down hilly terrain.
– Ability to work in the field in cold wet conditions or in hot conditions under intense sun.
– Must be comfortable with the idea of working intimately with poison oak and Himalayan Blackberry. (Nobody actually enjoys this and if you do you should seek help.)
– This position should in someway fit into your education or long-term career goals.

Application Information:  Please send a cover letter indicating which position(s) you are interested in and summarizing your relevant experience and interests, as well as a CV and contact information for 2-3 references to Tyler Hicks at uplandsandpiper@hotmail.com.

Contact Person:  Tyler Hicks, uplandsandpiper@hotmail.com

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