The primary duties of the Research Technician are to support a 2 year laboratory- and field-based project focused on the effects of living shorelines on nekton abundances and food web structure in Mississippi coastal waters. Duties will include a combination of field work, laboratory sample processing, data analysis, and report preparation.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities :
Assisting with field work, including quantification of nekton abundances (seines and beam plankton trawls), collecting water quality parameters with a YSI water quality sonde, and collecting water samples for nutrient analysis.
Laboratory processing of nekton samples for identification, quantification, and stable isotope analysis.
Calibration of YSI sondes and laboratory analysis of water samples for nutrient and dissolved organic carbon concentrations.
Data entry and QA/QC of data.
Conducting data analyses using univariate, multivariate, non-parametric, and spatial techniques.
Performs other duties as assigned.
B.S. in a related field and previous research experience. Valid driver's license is also required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Ability to operate small vessel (15-18 ft) for field work.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
Ability to be flexible.
A logical and independent mind.
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
Patience and determination.
Teamwork and Interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of individuals.
Preferred qualifications include experience with fish and water sample processing, data analysis, and experience conducting field research.