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Spring 2015 Opportunities


Summer 2015 Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

Summer Field Research Opportunities


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Researchers Linda Ashkenas and Ashley Pacelli collect data on plant phenology and insects. by Lina DiGregorio

Spring 2015 Opportunities

Forest Ecology Research at the Oregon Coast - Spring 2015

Interested in getting some field experience in the wild Oregon Coast Range? During the weeks of March 16 (finals week) and March 23 (spring break), our research team will be remeasuring permanent vegetation plots in the Neskowin Crest Research Natural Area, part of Cascade Head Experimental Forest along the Oregon coast. The work consists of navigating to the plots, measuring trees, assessing tree mortality, and documenting ingrowth. Neskowin Crest is a tough place to work, with long hikes, very steep terrain and lots of downed logs. It'll probably also be raining. So, not for the light of heart. :)

But if you're up for a challenge, and can work two or more days in a row (and stay overnight) during one or both of those two weeks, send me an email and your resume. If you meet the requirement for student employment (3 credit hours for grad students, 6 for undergrads/post-bac), I can hire up to five people at a pay rate of $12/hour. If you'd just like to volunteer, that's ok, too! Employees and volunteers get a food stipend to cover dinners at nearby restaurants. Accommodations are at the headquarters of Cascade Head Experimental Forest.

Please contact me before February 20 if you're interested in helping.

Rob Pabst
Senior Faculty Research Assistant
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Oregon State University
541-750-7435

p.s. For more information, the official job posting can be found here: https://jobs.oregonstate.edu. Click on the Search option (upper left part of page) and enter this posting number: 0013653


Summer 2015 Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunities

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) opportunity: stream functional responses to consumers at the Oregon Cascades

We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to examine interactions between consumers and stream functional processes at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This research will help inform our larger SCALER project which examines changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream discharge gradients across six North American biomes and an Australian site.

The position will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon); travel will be required for short trips to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon). The Andrews Forest was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ for more information on the site, facilities and research programs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest). The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

The 10-week program will start in July and end in early September. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and develop his/her own individual project related to the grant. Participants will closely work with the PIs of the project and a team of students working on the grant. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver's license, considerable field experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain. A general understanding of stream ecology and experience in water quality analysis is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2015. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Dr. Alba Argerich (alba.argerich@oregonstate.edu). Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity: Hydrologic and biogeochemical controls on carbon flux from headwater streams

We are seeking applicants for an NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) position in summer 2015 to examine biogeochemal processing of organic carbon in the hyporheic zone of a small stream at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. This research will contribute to the StreamCarbon project which is examining the hydrologic and biogeochemical controls on carbon flux from headwater streams.

The position will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon); travel will be required for short trips to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon). The Andrews Forest was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The field station has modern apartments with full kitchens, a well-equipped computer lab, and wireless internet (see http://andrewsforest.oregonstate.edu/ for more information on the site, facilities and research programs at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest). The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of cedar and hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

The 10-week program will fit student on either the quarter or semester systems. The REU student will conduct supervised and guided research and develop his/her own individual project related to the grant. Participants will closely work with the PIs of the project and a team of students working on the grant. Housing and a weekly stipend of $550 will be provided.

Position Requirements: Position Requirements: Applicants should have a valid driver's license, and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain, and be comfortable spending long days, on their feet, in the field, occasionally in inclement weather. Previous field experience is a plus. A general understanding of hydrology, biogeochemistry and water quality analysis is desirable. Eligibility is limited to currently enrolled undergraduates that have a graduate date no sooner than fall 2015. Further, all applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent residents. Applications from women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send a brief cover letter indicating your interest, experience and professional goals after graduation, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and the names, addresses, phone number, and email address of at least two references to: Satish Serchan (Satish.Serchan@gmail.com). Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Summer Field Research Opportunities

Forest Ecology Research in the Pacific Northwest - Summer 2015

Description: A crew lead and two crew positions are available this summer to collect data for a study of forest dynamics in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington. The project is part of the Long- Term Ecological Research (LTER) Program at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon. Successful candidates will be responsible for learning and app lying the research protocol; locating study sites u sing topographic maps and GPS; identifying woody plants to species; measuring tree diameters and heights; measuring and mapping tree regeneration; documenting conditions and causes of tree mortality; digging soil pits; legibly recording data and organizing data sheets; and assisting with day-to-day logistics. Ideal candidates will have coursework and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: forest inventory, field ecology, or plant identification. Crew members must be capable of working long hours under strenuous field conditions (steep slopes, dense vegetation, variable weather), and working and living in a team environment. Crews will be based at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest where housing will be provided. Some camping will also be necessary due to the remoteness of some study site locations elsewhere in Oregon and Washington. Positions will last 12-14 weeks starting in 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 or environmental science) or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Skilled in identifying herbaceous and 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.

Preferred qualifications: Experience with forest inventory measurements and vegetation sampling. Familiarity with flora of the Cascade Mountains and experience using taxonomic keys. Knowledge of and experience in identifying tree mortality agents (diseases, insects, wind, etc.). Skilled in off-trail navigation (map reading, compass orienteering, use of GPS). Ability to work independently and reliably. A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

Salary : $14-$15/hour, depending on qualifications and experience
Duration : 12-14 weeks, starting in mid-June (crew leader ma y begin earlier)
Application closing date: February 22, 2015

On-line application instructions (PDF):

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:
Students: jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65805 If url does not work, search for posting #0013886.
Non-students: jobs.oregonstate.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65774 If url does not work, search for posting #0013856.

3. To apply, click on "APPLY FOR THIS POSTING" For more information, please contact: Rob Pabst, Department of Forest Ecosystems & Society, Oregon State University (rob.pabst@oregonstate.edu)

Job opportunities at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon State University: stream functional responses to aquatic consumers.

We are seeking applicants to cover 2 research assistant positions to examine interactions between consumers and stream functional processes at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in summer 2015. This research will help inform the larger SCALER project which examines changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream size gradients across six North American biomes and an Australian site.

Pay: $10/hr plus lodging

Closing date: Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Responsibilities: Assist with preparation and installation of long-term experiments in HJ Andrews Experimental Forest related to understand interactions between aquatic consumers and stream functional processes (primary production, stream respiration and nutrient uptake). Primary responsibilities will be with understanding stream functional processes. Responsibilities consist of field work (e.g., equipment preparation, equipment installation, stream surveys, physical/biological monitoring), water chemistry analysis, and office duties (e.g., processing/managing field data).
The positions begin on July 6th, 2015 and continue through mid-September, 2015. (There is a possibility for start date of June 15 or June 22 on a related project - please let us know if you are interested).

Qualifications: Applicants should have considerable field experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain. A general understanding of stream ecology and some experience in water quality analysis is required. Driver's license required.

Desired qualifications:
Experience in field work and water chemistry analysis.
Ability to work with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
Good writing, problem solving and data analysis skills.
Computer skills with spreadsheets and databases.

Application materials: 1. A letter of application that includes a statement of professional goals after graduation and indicates the areas of research in which the applicant is most interested. 2. A curriculum vitae or resume. 3. Transcript(s) of all college course work, and a list of courses in which the applicant is currently enrolled. A copy of an unofficial transcript will suffice. 4. Names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least two current or former professors with whom the applicant has taken courses and/or participated in research. Submit application materials to Dr. Alba Argerich (alba.argerich@oregonstate.edu).

Job opportunities at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest, Oregon State University: aquatic consumers populations.

We are seeking applicants for 4 research assistant positions to evaluate the presence of consumers across the HJ Andrews landscape and to examine interactions between consumers and stream functional processes at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in summer 2015. This research will contribute to both the stream aquatics group at H.J. Andrews and the larger SCALER project. SCALER will examine changes in stream production, respiration, and nutrient uptake in response to large consumer exclusions along stream size gradients across six North American biomes and an Australian site.

Pay $10/hr plus lodging

Closing date: Review of applications will start Feb. 15, 2015 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

Responsibilities Assist with preparation and installation of long-term experiments in HJ Andrews Experimental Forest related to understanding interactions between aquatic consumers and stream functional processes (primary production, stream respiration and nutrient uptake). The primary duty will be electroshocking consumers in streams, and carefully entering that data into a computer database, but responsibilities will also consist of equipment preparation, equipment installation, stream surveys, physical/biological monitoring and data entry. The position requires working independently and in a group, navigating remote forest roads and terrain, using a map, compass, and handheld GPS unit, and entering data carefully into a computer database. These positions will be based at the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest (on the west slope of the Oregon Cascades near Blue River, Oregon), although it might be required to travel to Oregon State University (Corvallis, Oregon) for short periods of time. The H.J. Andrews was established in 1948 as an US Forest Service Experimental Forest, and since 1980 is one of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) sites. The landscape is home to iconic Pacific Northwest old-growth forests of Cedar and Hemlock, and moss-draped ancient Douglas Firs; steep terrain; and fast, cold-running streams.

The positions begin on July 6th, 2015 and continue through mid-September, 2015.

Qualifications: Applicants should have considerable field experience and the ability to carry a heavy pack (40+ lb) for moderate distances over uneven terrain. A general understanding of stream ecology and some experience in water quality analysis is required. Driver's license required.

Desired qualifications:
Experience in field work and electroshocking of fish or amphibians.
Ability to work with other crew members in a professional manner while maintaining a positive and safe work environment.
Good writing, problem solving and data analysis skills.
Computer skills with spreadsheets and databases.

Application materials: 1. A letter of application that includes a statement of professional goals after graduation and indicates the areas of research in which the applicant is most interested. 2. A curriculum vitae or resume. 3. Transcript(s) of all college course work, and a list of courses in which the applicant is currently enrolled. A copy of an unofficial transcript will suffice. 4. Names, affiliations, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of at least two current or former professors with whom the applicant has taken courses and/or participated in research. Submit application materials to Dr. Brooke Penaluna (brooke.penaluna@oregonstate.edu).



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