Volunteer Opportunity Details

Volunteer Ecology Field Assistant

The Nature Conservancy in Oregon

Zumwalt Prairie, Wallowa County, Oregon

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Start Date: 06/03/2019

End Date: 07/26/2019

Volunteer Position Description The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Position title: Ecology Field Assistant (Volunteer) Number of positions: One position Location: Zumwalt Prairie, Wallowa County, Oregon, USA Report to: Calene Thomas, Zumwalt Botanist and Crew Lead Length of appointment: Minimum of 8 weeks, up to 10 weeks Dates of appointment: Monday June 3 – Friday July 26 or Friday Aug 9 (may be flexible) Time commitment: 35 hours of volunteer service per week Position summary: The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. In Oregon, we own more than 40 preserves and have helped protect more than 511,000 acres of critical habitat and 425 miles of rivers & streams. Each summer The Nature Conservancy conducts various botanical and ecological studies on the Zumwalt Prairie in northeastern Oregon to further our understanding of the unique biological diversity of this grassland and how human management affects it. Volunteers with education and/or skills in botany, biology and other natural resource disciplines are needed to assist Conservancy staff in conducting these studies. Volunteer will assist Conservancy staff with a variety of vegetation inventory, monitoring, research, and stewardship projects in support of The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts on the Zumwalt Prairie. Volunteers will learn a variety of field ecology skills and apply them in collecting data on the Zumwalt Prairie and will have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to on-the-ground conservation work. Duties: • Familiarize yourself with terrain, vegetation, and ecology of the Zumwalt Prairie. • Learn basic botany and field ecology skills, including use of maps, compass, global positional systems and other equipment. • Work as part of a team conducting a variety of research and monitoring projects in the field. These include: plant inventory and collection, mapping weeds, monitoring plant communities, rare plant surveys and plant phenology. • Assist with data entry and quality control. • Conduct yourself in a professional and timely manner as you learn foundational skills for future employment in natural resources. Requirements: Volunteer must be in good physical condition and be able to walk at least 8 miles (13 km) per day over rough terrain and tolerate extreme weather conditions while in the field. Volunteer must be able to maintain concentration and data collection accuracy under fatigue and strain. Previous botany experience is desirable but only a keen interest and solid work ethic is required. This position requires a mature, responsible individual who can work independently and as part of a team. Volunteer must be willing to live in rustic, remote field housing and share housing with other people. Support provided: Shared (“dorm style”) housing will be provided on The Nature Conservancy's Zumwalt Prairie Preserve and/or at its field office in Enterprise, Oregon. The Nature Conservancy will provide transportation to and from the worksite each day and will offer one trip per week to town to purchase food and other supplies. Reimbursement of actual food expenses up to $80 / week will be provided. Benefits: Although this is an unpaid position, the opportunity to acquire skills and substantial work experience will prepare individuals for future employment in natural resource fields. This is a chance to work closely with conservation professionals and learn about the ecology and conservation challenges on the Zumwalt Prairie. Volunteers will receive training in common methods of field ecology—especially those relating to vegetation—and will observe how quantitative monitoring can contribute to conservation in the real world. Volunteers also have the option during weekends to explore the surrounding area, including the neighboring Wallowa Mountains and Eagle Cap Wilderness. How to Apply: Email the following documents to Molly Dougherty at mdougherty@tnc.org by Friday March 1, 2019: • Resumé detailing your education and work experience • Cover letter describing your motivation and interest for this position • Three letters of reference from people who have knowledge of your aptitudes for this kind of experience Contact: Molly Dougherty, (503) 802-8100 or mdougherty@tnc.org

Contact Info

Molly Dougherty, mdougherty@tnc.org, 503-802-8138

Registration details: nature.org/oregonvolunteer