Students: Plant Survey Volunteers Needed!

Looking to pick up some valuable field experience this September? SEFS doctoral student Apryle Craig is recruiting several volunteers to help her survey plants at deer exclosures as part of a study investigating the impacts of recolonizing wolves on deer herbivory! You’ll gain experience with using a GPS, identifying plants, common plant survey techniques, installing trail cameras, repairing large herbivore exclosures, and more—all while spending time out in the forests of northeast Washington.

Job Description
You will be identifying and measuring plants at deer exclosures in Apryle’s study area. This work involves a lot of kneeling, bending and crouching, and surveys require a high attention to detail during repetitive tasks. Volunteers should be comfortable working long days, hiking cross-country across uneven terrain for about a quarter mile at any given time, and carrying large, awkward fencing supplies. The crew will be moving rolls of fencing and cutting wire. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to install trail cameras, review camera footage, and more.

Volunteers must provide their own transportation to the site near Tonasket, Wash. At that point, a shared vehicle will be used to access the survey sites. Volunteers are responsible for their own food.

Dates
Time commitment is flexible, depending on applications received. Please let her know your availability between September 1 and October 5.

How to Apply
Email Apryle with your resume, two references, and your availability from September 1 through October 5. Please indicate if you feel comfortable identifying plants of northeast Washington, and if you have CPR and/or first aid training. No previous field experience required. Plant identification skills are useful but not necessary, and your safety in the field is always the top priority.

Photo © Apryle Craig.

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Summer Field Assistants Needed for Wolf-Deer-Plant Research

Looking for some hands-on field research experience this summer? Precisely the sort of the training that employers and graduate programs are eager to find on your resume?!

Well, SEFS doctoral student Apryle Craig is recruiting student volunteers to assist with installing deer exclosures as part of a research study investigating the impacts of recolonizing wolves on deer herbivory in northeast Washington. Volunteers may also have the opportunity to practice radio telemetry, install trail cameras, review camera footage, and more. Independent study credit may be available, as well.

Deer grazing cage.

Deer grazing cage.

Volunteers should be comfortable working long days, usually in teams of two, and will be moving rolls of fencing and cutting wire. You’ll be camping most nights of the week, working Monday through Friday, and then have weekends off (and you’re of course allowed to stay at the camp if you choose). Experience with plant identification is a plus but not required—and please indicate if you feel comfortable identifying plants of northeast Washington to species-level. Safety is a priority, too, so please also indicate if you have CPR and/or first aid training.

Volunteers should be willing to commit a minimum of two weeks, but you can also extend your stay from mid-June through mid-September (to coincide with the UW summer session).

Positions are open until filled, and you can contact Apryle at apryle@uw.edu for more details or to apply!

Photo © Apryle Craig.