Volunteer Opportunity Details

Cascade Head Field Monitoring Assistant

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon

Lincoln City, Oregon

Start Date: 06/01/2017

End Date: 09/01/2017

Volunteer Position Description The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Position Title: Cascade Head Field Monitoring Assistant Purpose: The Nature Conservancy conducts ongoing monitoring to evaluate the health of the coastal grassland system at our Cascade Head Preserve, on the central Oregon coast. Volunteers with education and/or skills in botany and grassland ecology are needed to assist Conservancy staff in conducting this monitoring. Location: Cascade Head Preserve, Tillamook County, Oregon, USA. Results: Volunteers will assist Conservancy staff with vegetation inventory and monitoring projects in support of The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts on the Cascade Head Preserve. Volunteers will learn how to conduct nested-frequency vegetation monitoring and how to identify coastal grassland plant species. They will put this knowledge to work in collecting data that will be used to analyze how the plant community composition has changed since this monitoring was initiated in 1986. Report to: Debbie Pickering, Oregon Coast Ecologist Duties: • Familiarize yourself with terrain, vegetation, ecology and conservation issues of Oregon coast grasslands and the Cascade Head Preserve. • Learn basic botany and field ecology skills, including use of maps, global positional systems and other equipment. • Work with the Oregon Coast Ecologist to conduct nested-frequency monitoring in the field at the Cascade Head Preserve. There may also be an opportunity to help with monitoring of the Oregon silverspot butterfly as time allows. • Be prepared to spend full days in the field under changeable weather conditions. Requirements: • Volunteers must be in good physical condition and able to walk at least 5 miles per day over rough, steep terrain and tolerate extreme weather conditions while in the field. • Must possess a good work ethic and pay attention to detail. • Must be able to learn to identify all the plants on the grassland, including grasses. Previous grassland experience and strong botany skills desired. • Position requires mature, responsible individual over 18 years of age who can work independently and as part of a team. Length of appointment: Minimum of 8 weeks (ideally 16), approximately June 1 – Sept. 30. Time commitment: 16-24 hours of volunteer service per week Support provided: Shared (“dorm style”) housing may be available if needed. Benefits: The chance to work closely with conservation professionals and learn about the ecology, conservation values and threats to the Cascade Head Preserve. Participate in and develop scientific skills in coastal grassland monitoring and contribute to lasting conservation in a biologically rich and beautiful part of Oregon. We may be able to design this position as a volunteer internship for applicants who are currently enrolled in school and studying a related field. How to Apply: E-mail your résumé, cover letter and list of 3 references as one document to Molly Dougherty at mdougherty@tnc.org. Applications are being considered on a rolling basis. Contact: Molly Dougherty, The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, 821 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, Oregon, 97214: (503) 802-8100 or mdougherty@tnc.org.

Contact Info

Molly Dougherty, mdougherty@tnc.org, 503-802-8100

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