Research - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.
This position is time-limited for up to six months. This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week. The field work schedule is weather-dependent and may include weekends and evenings.
The research and conservation staff scientists at Tyson Research Center seek an enthusiastic technician with strong interests in community science and ecological restoration. The technician will assist in a variety of tasks associated with the maintenance of the field station ecological integrity, habitat and species monitoring activities, and managing a regional community science wildlife project. In addition, the technician will help supervise and train volunteer students in the Tyson Conservation Corps at events and workshops as needed. This temporary position is based at Tyson Research Center, Washington University’s field station (tyson.wustl.edu).
PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position will contribute to long-term research, monitoring, and restoration projects that include: examining the ecological effects of prescribed fire; studying the impact of urbanization on mammals in the St. Louis metro area; monitoring populations of indicator species at Tyson Research Center; and assisting/training students on conservation projects.
Job duties include:
Estimate mammal abundance with camera traps along urban to rural gradient.
Survey bats with visual and acoustic data.
Survey amphibians through call surveys, trapping, and egg counts.
Assist with sampling arthropods.
Measure environmental variables within a variety of habitats.
Assist with data management and analysis for multiple projects.
Bachelor's degree in ecology, biology, wildlife management, zoology, environmental science or a related field.
Worked at least one full field season.
Meticulous/high attention to detail.
Ability to accurately collect data/record field notes.
Excellent written and communication skills.
Motivated, eager to learn, organized, and have a strong interest in conservation and ecological restoration.
Experience managing a dataset and/or performing statistical analyses.
Ability to hike on steep, rocky terrain carrying 25+ lbs.
Valid driver’s license (MO Class E or equivalent by start date).
Experience with navigating and driving St. Louis, MO, city, county and surrounding areas.
Familiarity with fauna/flora of MO Ozarks region.
Experience organizing and training undergraduate students and community science volunteers.
Experience with GIS and statistical analyses using R.
Applicant Special Instructions:
Work is field-intensive, and a lot of time is spent hiking over difficult terrain in forests with high densities of ticks and mosquitoes.
The hiring range for this position is $12.89 - $15.97 per hour.
This position is at the Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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