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Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) Job ID# OTR-2013 Job Description:

This is a fulltime seasonal position lasting for six months beginning in April 8, 2012 through September 2013. This position begins in April, and requires one’s full attention; we cannot hire enrolled students or people that cannot commit to the entire duration of the position.  This work focuses on understanding how coastal ecosystem processes such as primary production, nutrient cycling and dissolved oxygen deficits (hypoxia) respond to changes in ocean conditions.  Responsibilities include both laboratory and intertidal field work.  Field work includes: hiking with heavy packs into the rocky intertidal zones in inclement weather, working on slippery, craggy, wave exposed shorelines, recording data for several large projects.  Laboratory work may include: chlorophyll-a and nutrient analysis of water samples; entering data; making sample devices; maintaining field equipment; preparing field collectors; counting mussels and barnacles under a microscope; measurement of mussel  growth; assisting with instrument calibrations; and assisting professors, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in their research as needed. This position requires working early mornings, long hours in the field and occasional weekends. It may also require staying at housing on the coast for short periods.

Required Qualifications:


*   Self-motivated, ability to work both in a team setting and also independently

*   Undergraduate course work in marine biology/ecology

*   Familiarity with the rocky intertidal ecosystem and marine invertebrates of the Pacific Northwest

*   Previous field work experience a must, preferably in the rocky intertidal

*   Excellent problem solving ability and organizational skills

*   Valid driver’s license and a good driving record

*   Hardworking and willing to work weekends and long hours



PISCO is a large-scale marine research program that focuses on understanding the nearshore and intertidal ecosystems of the U.S. West Coast.  An interdisciplinary collaboration of scientists from four universities, PISCO integrates long-term monitoring of ecological and oceanographic processes at dozens of coastal sites with experimental work in the lab and field.  We explore how individual organisms, populations, and ecological communities vary over space and time.  PISCO’s findings are applied to issues of ocean conservation and management, and are shared through public outreach and student training programs. For more information visit our website at:

Salary: $11/hr

Dates: early April 2013 through September, 2013.

Location: Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon

Housing:  We do not offer housing.

Transportation:  Transportation to and from field sites and field is provided.


If you would like to apply for this position, please email with Job ID# OTR-2013 as subject:


*   a letter of intent explaining your interest in this work, your background, your dates available, and other pertinent information

*   a CV or resume

*   a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copies accepted)

*   email and phone contact information for at least two references

To:       Jerod Sapp;  PISCO lab manager; <>

For more information, contact Jerod by email or check out our website at<>.  Review of applications will begin February 18, 2013.