Wildlife Field Coordinator

Assist with managing marbled murrelet surveys in the Coast Range. The successful candidate may be located anywhere in northwestern Oregon, but the ability to work part-time from our Portland office is preferred.

Location

Oregon

Salary Range

$3,000 – $3,800 Monthly

Dates of Employment

March 01, 2024 – Mid-September, 2024

To Apply

To apply, please complete the application below on this page. SORRY BUT TO KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application review and interviews to begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

Essential Duties
  • Conduct on-site training and supervising of field crews, including weekly crew meetings
  • Assist in preseason project setup
  • Review survey schedules to ensure strict adherence to protocol
  • Audit field work, data, and other required paperwork
  • Communicating information between field crews and your supervisor, maintaining open communication with project management throughout the field season and providing daily updates.
  • Troubleshoot issues with crew equipment, computer, vehicles, etc.; notify supervisor of continued issues.
  • Conduct surveys for marbled murrelets
  • Likely to assist other projects in their survey efforts for a variety of wildlife species

Positions begin in early March and run through August, with the possibility of extension and/or earlier start assisting with pre-season setup depending on project needs. The successful candidate will need to attend a week-long training and certification for marbled murrelet surveys held in Northern California in late April. A company-owned work vehicle will be provided; there may be the option to use a personal vehicle for project activities and be reimbursed on a per-mile basis. The position will require a significant amount of travel and regular camping is expected.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have a completed four-year degree in wildlife biology or a closely-related field. A minimum of two years of field experience is required and at least one year of supervisory experience is strongly preferred. Species-specific experience is not required if the applicant has strong field skills, basic bird identification skills, and an interest in avian biology. A portion of the daily work is pre-dawn or post-sunset and can be physically and mentally demanding. An ideal candidate will possess all of the following characteristics:

  • Excellent communication and management skills – ability to maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor, as well as uphold team morale throughout the field season.
  • Enthusiasm for the outdoors, endangered species, and mentoring entry-level biologists.
  • Strong data management and data collection skills
  • Integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols.
  • Willingness to travel depending on project needs
  • A consistent track record of working in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map-reading skills.
  • Avid hikers with an ability and willingness to tackle the rigors of field work who are comfortable hiking alone and working odd hours in off-trail terrain in the dark and/or inclement weather.
  • Working knowledge of western bird identification by sight and sound.
  • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to navigate forest roads and operate a 4WD vehicle.
  • Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, with required proof (hearing screen results) to be submitted prior to the start of work.

Field Biologists (amphibian/mollusk/avian)

Turnstone is currently hiring a crew leader and 3-4 seasonal field biologists to conduct surveys for an amphibians and terrestrial mollusk survey project. Work on avian survey projects after the end of the amphibian/mollusk season is available for those interested. These surveys follow exacting protocols, and surveyors will be required to work independently in backcountry areas.  A field vehicle will be provided unless the employee chooses to use a personal vehicle for reimbursement. Housing will be provided near the amphibian/mollusk project area. The position involves hiking through forest terrain, and enduring regular periods of inclement weather. This is an excellent opportunity to work on a variety of interesting and collaborative field projects related to special-status wildlife species!

 

Location

Willard, WA and Oregon Coast Range

 

Salary Range & INCENTIVES

$2,900 – $3,600 Monthly ($17.04 – $22.50 Hourly), plus housing

Salary range is dependent upon project and applicant experience.

May also be eligible for:

    • Bonus Days
    • Season Completion Bonus
    • Federal Mileage Reimbursement

 

Dates of Employment

April to July (possibility for extension)

 

 

To Apply

To apply, please complete the application below on this page. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application review and interviews to begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

 

Essential Duties
  • Conduct terrestrial habitat searches for target species; identify, record, and map locations of detections
  • Daytime off-trail hiking in steep terrain and navigating forest roads
  • Record clear, concise, and accurate field data
  • Communicate clearly with crew leader, project manager, and landowners

Positions start sometime in April, dependent upon environmental conditions. Amphibian & mollusk surveys will continue until complete or until weather conditions are no longer conducive for surveys, assumed to be sometime in June. After that time, surveyors (if desired) can relocate from the Willard project area to one of our marbled murrelet or spotted owl survey projects. (For more information on the essential duties and working environment of these surveys, see our Marbled Murrelet and Owl Surveyor job ads; camping for these projects may be required). There may also be opportunities to work on a variety of other interesting and collaborative field projects related to special-status wildlife species for the right candidate. 

If you are interested to be considered as a crew leader, please indicate your interest in your cover letter and clearly identify your relevant leadership experience and skills in your application materials. If you are interested in the amphibian/mollusk project through June but not interested in continuing in July on other avian projects – you will still be considered, please indicate as such in your application. 

Interviews are currently underway and will continue until all positions are filled. Once positions are filled, this application will remain as an open continuous announcement for applicants interested in any future openings that may occur with increased workloads.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants should have either or both a completed B.S. degree in wildlife biology or a closely-related field, and preferably at least one season of wildlife field survey experience. Amphibian, terrestrial mollusk, and/or avian survey experience are strongly desired but not required if the applicant has strong field skills, and basic  identification skills. Crew leaders should have previous supervisory experience in a field crew setting and/or previous experience with amphibians and/or terrestrial mollusks. Self-motivation, enthusiasm for the research goals and learning and/or improving field identification skills, and an ability to tackle the rigors of field work are a must. A good attitude towards shared field housing situations is necessary. An ideal candidate will possess all of the following characteristics:

  • A consistent track record of working in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map-reading skills, hiking alone in backcountry terrain in the dark and/or inclement weather.
  • The ability and willingness to spend long hours in the field and work odd hours, including early morning.
  • Integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols.
  • The ability to record accurate, legible and reliable field data.
  • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team.
  • A valid driver’s license and the ability to navigate forest roads and operate 4WD vehicles.

Successful candidates will gain valuable experience in field herpetology, malacology and ornithology, endangered species surveys, advanced field skills, and get a chance to see what a career in environmental consulting could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

 

Marbled Murrelet Surveyors

Come join the Turnstone Environmental team, and spend your summer hiking throughout Oregon’s Coast Range, surveying for the endangered marbled murrelet!

Turnstone is currently seeking to fill multiple Marbled Murrelet surveyor positions throughout Oregon. These are full-time, temporary-seasonal positions.

Location

We typically have field crews based in the beautiful Oregon towns of Astoria, Corvallis, Forest Grove, McMinnville, Tillamook, and potentially southern Oregon.

Salary Range & INCENTIVES

$2650 -$3535/ month (equivalent to $15.30-$20.40 hourly)

Reimbursement for work use of personal field capable vehicle, if desired

Season Completion Bonus!

Field housing (depending on location)

Salary range is dependent upon project and applicant experience.

Dates of Employment

Mid-April 2024 to late-July/Early August 2024 (possibility of extension).

Due to protocol requirements, mission critical work periods include April 22-26, June 27-28, and July 1-21; work schedule can be more flexible during other parts of the field season—please inquire during interview. Some weekend work may be necessary.

To Apply

To apply, please complete the application below on this page. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application review and interviews to begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

Job Duties
  • Conduct marbled murrelet surveys following an established protocol
  • Work independently in the early morning hours (including pre-dawn) in the forest
  • Use GPS and basic navigational tools to locate and set up survey stations
  • Record, transcribe and submit accurate survey data and other administrative paperwork
  • Communicate clearly with crew leader and project manager

All surveyors will be provided with extensive training prior to starting surveys. This work involves a lot of solo driving, hiking through the woods in the dark along pre-determined routes (no trails!), and enjoying regular periods of inclement weather!

Typically, housing is provided for our field crews. Occasional camping is often preferred and may be necessary at times. A field vehicle will be provided unless the employee chooses to use a personal vehicle for reimbursement.

There may also be opportunities before, after, or during the field season to work on a variety of other interesting and collaborative field projects for the right candidates.

Interviews are currently underway and will continue until all positions are filled. Once positions are filled, this application will remain as an open continuous announcement for applicants interested in any future openings that may occur with increased workloads and/or personnel changes.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should have or be working towards a B.S. degree in wildlife biology (or a closely related field).  Previous field experience is preferred, but not required.   Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • A strong work ethic, integrity, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols and in recording data
  • A strong work ethic, and desire to learn new protocols and explore the Oregon Coast
  • The ability to tackle the rigors of field work, feel comfortable hiking alone each day in strenuous terrain, and willingness to spend long hours in the field and work odd hours, including very early morning.
  • Knowledge of navigating with a compass, GPS and topographic map
  • Working knowledge of western bird identification (or willingness to learn)
  • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently while also being part of a larger team
  • A valid state-issued driver’s license with clean driving record and the ability to navigate forest roads of variable condition and operate a 4WD vehicle
  • Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, must submit hearing test results prior to starting work
  • A general appreciation of the natural wonders of the Oregon coast and a willingness to explore them.

Successful candidates will gain valuable experience in field ornithology, endangered species surveys, advanced field skills, and get a chance to see what a career in environmental consulting could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Turnstone is committed to building a diverse team where differences are valued and respected. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Marbled Murrelet Crew Leaders

Come join the Turnstone Environmental team, and spend your summer hiking through Oregon’s Coast Range!

Turnstone is currently hiring multiple crew leaders to manage field crews and conduct surveys for the marbled murrelet, a threatened species of seabird that nests primarily in coastal old growth forests. These positions are considered full-time seasonal. Surveys will be on federal, state and private lands in beautiful western Oregon.

Location

We typically have field crews based in the beautiful Oregon towns of Astoria, Corvallis, Forest Grove, McMinnville, Tillamook, and potentially southern Oregon.

Salary Range & INCENTIVES

$3,200 – $3,975 Monthly ( equivalent to $18.50 – $23 Hourly)

Salary range is dependent upon project and applicant experience.

Season Completion Bonus, plus the potential for performance bonus!

Reimbursement for work use of personal field-capable vehicle, if desired

Field housing (depending on location)

Dates of Employment

Early/Mid-April 2024 – Late-July/Early-August 2024 (possibility of extension)

Due to protocol requirements, mission critical work periods include April 22-26, June 27-28, and July 1-21; work schedule can be more flexible during other parts of the field season—please inquire during interview. Some weekend work may be necessary.

To Apply

To apply, please complete the application below on this page. EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application review and interviews to begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

 

Job Duties
  • Day-to-day organization and leadership for field crew, including mentoring and coordinating field logistics
  • Communicating information between your field crew and your supervisor, maintaining open communication with your supervisor throughout the field season and providing daily updates
  • Facilitating weekly crew meetings and safety discussions
  • Responsible for composition, corrections, and maintenance of the season survey schedule for crew
  • Submit weekly or bi-weekly updates to your supervisor with all data collected by your crew, ensuring data accuracy
  • Review and submit timesheets and mileage logs for your field crew
  • Conduct marbled murrelet surveys following an established protocol
  • Work independently in the early morning hours (including pre-dawn) in the forest
  • Use GPS and basic navigational tools to locate and set up survey stations
  • Hike off-trail in the dark through steep and strenuous terrain following an existing flag line
  • Record, transcribe and submit accurate survey data

All crew leaders will be provided with extensive training prior to starting surveys. Typically, housing is provided for our field crews. Occasional camping is often preferred and may be necessary at times. A field vehicle will be provided unless the employee chooses to use a personal vehicle for reimbursement.

There may also be opportunities before, after, or during the field season to work on a variety of other interesting and collaborative field projects for the right candidates.

Interviews are currently underway and will continue until all positions are filled. Once positions are filled, this application will remain as an open continuous announcement for applicants interested in any future openings that may occur with increased workloads.

Desired Qualifications

Applicants should have  a B.S. degree in wildlife biology (or a closely related field).  1-2 previous seasons of field experience are required.   Additional preferred qualifications include:

  • Previous experience in a leadership role on a field crew, and/or with any of the duties detailed above.
  • Excellent communication and management skills – ability to maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor, as well as uphold team morale throughout the field season.
  • Excellent time and data management skills
  • A strong work ethic, integrity, quality, and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols
  • The ability to tackle the rigors of field work, feel comfortable hiking alone each day in steep and variable terrain, and willingness to spend long hours in the field and work odd hours, including very early morning
  • Knowledge of navigating with a compass, GPS and topographic map
  • Working knowledge of western bird identification (or willingness to learn)
  • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently
  • A valid state-issued driver’s license with clean driving record and the ability to navigate forest roads of variable condition and operate a 4WD vehicle
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft suite (Access, Word, Excel), Garmin Basecamp software, manage digital data forms ad cloud files, and general computer knowledge. Knowledge of Avenza mobile app a plus.
  • Applicants must have normal vision and hearing, must submit hearing test results prior to starting work
  • A general appreciation of the natural wonders of the Oregon coast and willingness to explore them.

Successful candidates will gain valuable experience in field ornithology, endangered species surveys, advanced field skills, and get a chance to see what a career in environmental consulting could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Turnstone is committed to building a diverse team where differences are valued and respected. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Owl Surveyor

Turnstone is currently seeking to fill multiple northern spotted owl surveyor positions throughout Oregon. These are full-time, temporary-seasonal positions. A limited number of part-time positions may be available.

 

Location

Oregon (Coast Range, Cascades, Siskiyou Mountains)

 

Salary Range & INCENTIVES

$3,120 – $4,522 Monthly ($18.00 – $26.00 Hourly)

Wage is dependent upon project and applicant experience.

May also be eligible for:

    • Bonus Days/Overtime
    • Hardship Bonus
    • Season Completion Bonus
    • Lodging/Camping Stipend
    • Federal Mileage Reimbursement
    • Personal Vehicle Use Stipend
    • Housing (depending on project)

 

Dates of Employment

March 01, 2024 – August 31, 2024

 

To Apply

To apply, please complete the application below on this page. SORRY BUT TO KEEP THINGS ORGANIZED EMAILED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Application review and interviews to begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

 

Essential Duties
  • Conduct nighttime broadcast surveys for northern spotted owls; identify, record, and map locations of spotted owls and other owl and raptor species include barred owls, great horned owls, northern pygmy owls, and northern goshawks
  • Conduct daytime surveys after spotted owl detections in order to locate nests and determine nesting status
  • Significant job related travel, including night time travel on forest roads
  • Record clear, concise, and accurate field data
  • Communicate clearly with crew leader, project manager, and landowners

Surveys will be on federal, state and private forested lands. All of the exact work locations are yet to be determined but will be throughout western and southern Oregon. Employment dates are approximate and are project-dependent. Housing will be provided for several positions/locations; a field vehicle will be provided unless the employee chooses to use a personal vehicle for reimbursement. Salary range is roughly equivalent to $18-26/hour. Salary will be based on position, location, and experience.

Most positions will start in mid-March or early-April depending on environmental conditions and specific location. Some candidates may have an opportunity to begin in early March. Survey locations are distributed throughout Oregon and some positions will require significant daily travel. Please indicate your willingness to travel, and any limits or strong preference for general location in your cover letter. There may also be opportunities to work on a variety of other interesting and collaborative field projects related to special-status wildlife species for the right candidate.

If you are interested in consideration as a crew leader, please indicate your interest in your cover letter and clearly identify your relevant leadership experience and skills in your application materials.

Interviews are currently underway and will continue until all positions are filled. Once positions are filled, this application will remain as an open continuous announcement for applicants interested in any future openings that may occur with increased workloads.

 

Minimum Requirements

A minimum of one year of field survey experience is required. Spotted owl experience is strongly preferred, but may not be required if applicant has avian or other relevant field experience. Having a B.S. degree in wildlife biology or related field is preferred (but not required) for owl surveyors and required for crew leads. The successful applicant will possess the following characteristics:

  • Strong data collection skills
  • Ability to learn owl vocalizations and identify target species by sight and sound
  • Comfortable with a schedule that may include night, day or split shifts averaging 9-12 hours
  • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently in the field and as part of a team
  • Integrity, quality and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols
  • Consistent record of working in a safe and efficient manner
  • Physical fitness and the ability to hike off trail in steep and brushy conditions, sometimes in the dark and/or in inclement weather
  • Proven field skills: orienteering, GPS, map reading
  • Ability to safely operate 4WD vehicles and navigate paved and forest roads of various surfaces and conditions
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Good vision and hearing
  • Comfortable using electronic (PDF) data forms and Adobe Reader
  • A solid sense of humor and joy of working in an outdoor setting

Successful candidates will gain valuable experience in field ornithology, endangered species surveys, advanced field skills, and get a chance to see what a career in environmental consulting could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!