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Wildlife Biologist AmeriCorps Member

Northwest Youth Corps - AmeriCorps 520 Hours

Bureau of Land Management - Deschutes Field Office

Prineville, OR


Position Title: Deschutes District BLM - Wildlife Biologist AmeriCorps Member

Grant Program: OYSI 22EDBDC0020010 / EAP 21EDBDC0010041


Position Summary: The Deschutes Field Office is recruiting one (1) Wildlife Biologist AmeriCorps Member that can begin as early as June 1st, 2024 and go through August 30th, 2024. The position will support the Field Office which manages wildlife, botany, hydrology, and rangeland programs and resources in the Deschutes River basin near La Pine, Oregon. Specifically, the position would assist in researching and developing alternatives for restoring oxbows and associated Oregon spotted frog habitat on BLM-administered lands in the basin.


Duties and Responsibilities: Major duties are related to assisting Deschutes Field Office staff in natural resources management and related activities associated with the location and project described above (percentages describe the estimated amount of time expected on each task).

Specific activities include -

  • 50% Wildlife Habitat and Vegetation Improvement: Includes gathering information on Oregon spotted frog and other species' habitat that will be used to develop treatment alternatives, prepare the Biological Assessment for the project, and consult with the US Fish and Wildlife Services. This work would include surveys for threatened Oregon spotted frog, native and imperiled species, and invasive plants. Work would also include data collection and management, establishing plots for vegetation monitoring, and mapping habitat and plant populations.
  • 45% Oxbow Geomorphology and Restoration: Includes researching and preparing alternatives for restoring and maintaining Oregon spotted frog habitat in oxbows and associated hydrologic features. Associated work would include field mapping, data collection, use of remote sensing data, and referencing published restoration research to develop alternatives. Developing alternatives would also involve communication with local BLM staff including archaeologists and recreation staff.
  • 5% Rangeland Management Support: Includes assisting Rangeland Management staff with inventorying and documenting range improvements such as range allotment fences in the area. This work may include field surveys, minor repairs, GIS mapping, data collection and management, and working with livestock operators.

On-site training would be provided. Training will not exceed 20% of total member service hours.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must be currently pursuing either an associates, bachelors, or graduate degree.

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident, as required by U.S. government contracts.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age upon start date.
  • Strong interest in natural resources.
  • College-level course work in biology, ecology, or botany and/or knowledge in hydrology or geomorphology.
  • Experience in collecting GIS data or using mapping software such as ArcGIS Pro.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills, attention to detail, and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work outdoors in remote settings and inclement (often hot) weather.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 lbs. (day pack, field equipment and supplies).
  • Willingness to hike multiple miles a day in wetlands, riparian habitats and along fence lines in mosquito infested areas.
  • Knowledge of spreadsheets and word processing programs.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and technology.
  • Willingness to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to follow direction provided by work leads.
  • Ability to follow strict surveying and data management/collection protocols.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certifications.
  • Maintain current driver's license and ability to report on time to the office in Prineville, Oregon.


Duty Location: Duties are performed within the Deschutes Field Office in Prineville, Oregon. The position requires regular work in the field and office. Field work is expected to occur near La Pine, Oregon within the Deschutes Basin. Occasionally, this position may require use of your vehicle (miles reimbursable) during duty hours.


Terms of Employment: One AmeriCorps member will complete a term of service (520-hours, 13 weeks), starting June 1st through August 30th, 2024. Dates of service are flexible to accommodate applicant availability. The member must complete a minimum of 520 service hours by the end of their term. The member will receive a 30-minute lunch each day and this lunch break does not count towards AmeriCorps member service hours. Training will not exceed 20% of total member service hours.


Program Benefits: $8,320 living allowance along with a $3,000 housing stipend for a total combined stipend of $11,320 dispersed on a monthly basis throughout the term of service. The member will have available a $1,000 reimbursement fund for gear, mileage, and training relevant to the position. Upon successful completion of program requirements, an education award amount of $1,824.07 is awarded to the member.

The living allowance and education award are taxable. Members are responsible for providing their own food. Service eligibility is contingent upon the results of a criminal and driving background check. These positions are sponsored by The Corps Network's OYSI and EAP program.


Application Instructions


Application Deadline: May 13, 2024

Interviews: Will occur as qualified applications are received. Interviews held over the phone.

Type of position: AmeriCorps Individual Placement

Service Dates June 1st - August 30th, 2024. The start date is negotiable to accommodate the applicant's schedule.

Length of Term: 13 Weeks (minimum of 520 hours)


How to apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references and completely fill out the application form found at


Please select "Deschutes District BLM - Wildlife Biologist AmeriCorps Member" when applying.


All job offers are contingent upon the completion of a satisfactory background check (criminal history and driving history). The member will not engage in any prohibited activities as stated in the Member Service Agreement.