Biologist Student Contractor for Bird Stomach Transcription – La Crosse, Wisconsin

U.S. Geological Survey
La Crosse, WI
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$22.53 per hour
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
Job Summary: Primary service provided by the student is to provide digital transcription services, with subsequent summary, analysis, and report writing of transcribed data. Project Description: The student shall provide support to a project examining historical records of bird stomach contents. These records are of bird stomachs collected in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. These stomach contents were recorded on index cards which were subsequently digitally imaged. Manual transcription to a database is needed. Services to be Provided: The student or recent graduate hire shall work closely with a USGS biologist. The student or recent graduate hire shall be expected to manually transcribe digital photo stomach cards to a spreadsheet database, provide summaries of transcribed data, conduct analyses of data following direction from the principal scientist, and draft a report of findings for the Vireo species serving as this proof-of-concept. The student or recent graduate hire shall collaborate in further development, as time allows, in the formation of a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Notice: Students are paid for each hour worked. Student will be working as independent contractor and do not receive a premium rate for work beyond 8 hours/day or 40 hours/week. Additionally, student is paid only for hours worked (with no holiday or personal leave benefits). Student does earn 1 hour of sick leave for every 30 hours worked. Pay Rates for student include cost of self-employment taxes for social security and Medicare. This announcement is to fill one vacancy. How To Apply, send e-mail to: Wayne Thogmartin U.S. Geological Survey 2630 Fanta Reed Road La Crosse, WI 54603
Qualifications: Completion of four years of undergraduate and one year of graduate coursework in biology, and/or field biology. General knowledge of ecology and biological data is preferred. Experience with Microsoft Excel and Word. Knowledge of good laboratory practices. Required Documents: Resume: include contact information, as well as, relevant knowledge, skills, abilities, experience, and contact information for three references. Transcript: unofficial transcript; or letter from university registrar or academic advisor. Eligibility: Students are eligible if they have 1 year of graduate college course work less than 12 months ago and are at least 18 years of age. Non-US citizens may be eligible to participate, depending on their immigration status and the applicable regulations of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. USGS employees, their spouses, and their children are not eligible to participate in this program.
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Wayne Thogmartin
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