Research Specialist- Aquatic Ecology

Missouri State University and National Park Service
Springfield, Missouri
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Missouri State University partners with the National Park Service’s Heartland Inventory and Monitoring Network (HTLN) to provide science-based information on natural resources to 15 parks in the Midwest. We are currently offering a Research Specialist position to assist the aquatic monitoring team housed at Missouri State University. The successful candidate will assist NPS biologists in implementing long-term monitoring protocols of aquatic resources. Job duties will include field sampling of fish communities, aquatic invertebrates, aquatic vegetation, and water quality; conducting laboratory work such as processing and identification of fish and invertebrate samples and calibrating water quality meters; and equipment maintenance and repair. The job also includes entering data and performing quality assurance on entered data. Contributions to data analysis and report development are also within the scope of this Research Specialist position. This is an excellent position for someone who has diverse interests in aquatic biology. The monitoring team travels to National Parks throughout the Midwest region and works closely with a variety of ecologists and park staff. More information on the HTLN program can be found at:
Minimum qualification for this position is a bachelor’s degree in the natural sciences with preference on candidates that have completed aquatic ecology coursework. A master’s degree is preferred. Demonstrated ability to accurately and efficiently collect aquatic field data (fish/invertebrates/water quality) both independently and in a team setting is required. A good understanding of the scientific process and knowledge of freshwater aquatic systems is required. Extensive travel to multiple National parks for several consecutive days, ability to conduct fieldwork in all weather conditions, and ability to wade in streams, and to canoe and/or drive a boat is required. Additional requirements include effective organizational skills; ability to work effectively with university students, faculty, and staff, and communicate effectively with off-campus collaborators and National Park staff. Proficiency with basic spreadsheet, graphics, and word processing software is preferred. There is some flexibility in the start date of 3/20/2023
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Hope Dodd
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