Freshwater mussel research field technician – Missouri

University of Missouri
Columbia Missouri
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Temporary/Seasonal Positions
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Field technician needed from August until November (dates are flexible) for freshwater mussel research in the Meramec River Basin in Missouri. The selected applicant will work as a part of a small crew to perform mussel surveys throughout the Meramec River Basin in part of a project to develop watershed scale management plan for monitoring freshwater mussels. Major duties include: active sampling via snorkeling, identifying mussels to species, entering and proofing data, basic gear maintenance, and other tasks as needed. Work includes frequent travel to and from field sites with possible overnight trips. Field work schedule is dependent on weather/stream conditions. Continuous sampling will occur from spring until fall. Housing for overnight trips will be provided. A good attitude, ability to work as part of a team, legible handwriting, and willingness to work long hours on an irregular schedule are essential.
Applicants should have, or are pursing, a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology, biology, ecology or related field. Must be physically able to perform field work. Experience identifying mussels is preferred, but not required. Must be comfortable working in field conditions. Must be willing to work irregular hours, including weekends, and inclement weather. Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to pass a basic background check upon hiring.

Preferred skills:
Able to identify freshwater mussel species
Able to operate a boat
Experience with data entry

How to apply:
Please submit a single document containing: 1) resume or CV and 2) one page cover letter explaining qualifications, how this job will help achieve career goals, and dates of availability. Application and questions should be sent to Kayla Key ( with the subject line “Field Technician”.
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Kayla Key
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