The Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology within the College of Arts and Sciences, seeks a Research Associate 1 to join our team. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college and the academic heart of the university. The College hosts 81 majors. With 38 departments, 20+ world-class research centers, and more than 2,000 faculty and staff members, students have the unique opportunity to study with the best artists, scholars, and scientists in their field. The College values diversity and offers a supportive, open, and inclusive community. — Assists in the planning, execution, and monitoring of a variety of projects throughout Ohio related to the conservation and recovery of amphibians and reptiles. The position reports to the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Coordinator. Implements the Ohio Conservation Plan for the Eastern Hellbender and Eastern Massasauga and develops and implements conservation plans for other Ohio species of conservation concern. — Specific duties of the position include: surveying and monitoring, including capturing, marking, and measuring animals; collecting samples for genetic analysis and pathogen screening; preparing museum voucher specimens; conducting habitat assessments, including vegetation assessments, water chemistry, zig-zag pebble counts, and QHEI; maintaining and disinfecting field equipment and supplies; leading seasonal staff; working cooperatively with partners, including local, state, and federal agencies, land trusts, zoos, and land owners and managers; developing written conservation plans; preparing and entering data for the Wildlife Diversity Database; conducting literature reviews, analyzing data, and preparing reports, proposals, and manuscripts; presenting findings through presentations and posters at conferences; assisting with administrative duties. — Requires extensive travel throughout the state with frequent overnight stays, especially during the field season, using personal vehicle with travel expenses reimbursed.
Master’s degree in Biology or Ecology or an equivalent combination and experience; one year of experience in conducting surveys or field research with amphibians or reptiles; ability to work under a variety of adverse conditions, including in cold water and summer heat; physical ability to lift at least 50 lbs. from the ground and carry bulky field gear up to one mile; excellent oral and written communication skills; must have the ability to swim and a valid driver's license.
Experience with amphibian and reptile species native to Ohio, especially Hellbenders, Massasaugas, and freshwater turtles. Proficiency with R statistical software.
Target Salary: $17.32 - $18.84 Hourly
Job Category: Research
Job Appointment (FTE%):
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