Job Type: Temporary
Salary Details: $2,964 – $4,522 Monthly ($17.04 – $26.00 Hourly); Housing Provided

Turnstone is currently seeking to fill multiple Strix Owl (northern spotted & barred owls), surveyor positions throughout Oregon. These are full-time, temporary-seasonal positions. Due to a heavy snowpack in Oregon this year we are adding additional surveyors to our established project areas.

Oregon (several locations; primarily in NW and Southern Oregon)

$2,964 – $4,522 Monthly ($17.04 – $26.00 Hourly). Salary range is dependent upon project and applicant experience.

May also be eligible for:

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


March 13, 2023 – August 31, 2023 (Later start dates are workable)


  • 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 the majority of the open positions/locations; a field vehicle will be provided unless the employee chooses to use a personal vehicle for reimbursement. Salary/hourly range is roughly equivalent to $17-26/hour.  Compensation 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. A small selection of 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.

Interviews are currently underway and will continue until all open positions are filled. 

A minimum of one season of field survey experience is required, field experience acquired thorough coursework is applicable. Spotted owl survey experience is preferred, but is not 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 spotted owl surveyors and required for crew leads. The successful applicant should possess the following characteristics:

  • Strong data collection skills
  • Comfortable with a schedule that may include night, day or split shifts averaging 8-12 hours
  • Flexible, detail-oriented, resourceful, and comfortable working independently or as part of a team of peers
  • Integrity, quality and accuracy in adhering to scientific protocols
  • Consistent record of working in a safe and efficient manner
  • Good physical fitness and the ability to hike off trail in steep and/or brushy conditions, sometimes in the dark and/or in inclement weather
  • Excellent field skills: orienteering, GPS, map reading skills
  • Ability to safely operate 4WD vehicles and navigate forest roads of various conditions
  • Good vision and hearing
  • Comfortable using electronic data forms and tablet computers
  • 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 wildlife biology could look like, all while working closely with a diverse team of other motivated folks in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!