University of Nevada Las Vegas Research Technician

Agency
University of Nevada Las Vegas
Location
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
Salary
DOE
Start Date
12/01/2022
Last Date to Apply
11/10/2022
Website
https://abellaappliedecologylab.wordpress.com/opportunities/
Description
Hiring for Winter/Spring 2023 1-2 part-time laboratory technicians (21-35 hrs per week) December 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023, with the possibility of extension after review. 3 full-time field technicians (90/10 split, field/lab) December 1, 2022 or January 1, 2023 through May 31, 2023, with the possibility of extension after review. Based out of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, technicians will assist UNLV research staff and students to manage laboratory and greenhouse tasks associated with grant-funded projects or to conduct soil sampling and botanical surveys in southeastern California and southern Nevada. We will be visiting field sites December 2022 through mid-January 2023 to collect soil samples. In February, field staff will transition to vegetation inventories, while laboratory staff will conduct soil analyses and maintain or monitor other laboratory and greenhouse project components. Technicians provide important support to research staff and UNLV graduate students by assisting with maintaining laboratory, greenhouse, and field components of projects and helping with data management. Activities may include soil sampling and laboratory analyses, monitoring seed bank assays, conducting botanical inventories, participating in seed ecology and pollination experiments, tracking phenology and conducting pollinator observations, participating in dendroecology research, helping to maintain project equipment and vehicles, and assisting with laboratory organization. These positions are professional contract positions (letter of appointment) and a great opportunity for early and mid-career professionals in ecology, botany, or management. We will provide training and guidance to employees to achieve successful project participation, implementation, and management. Salary commensurate with experience. Position descriptions: Part-time Laboratory Technicians: Laboratory and greenhouse tasks and maintenance will require working at on-campus facilities three to four days a week. Hours per week can range from 21-35 hours depending on negotiated contract and activities to be completed that week. Preferred days to work are negotiable. All technicians will be required to take Chemical Hygiene Training before beginning work in the laboratory and autoclave and glassware cleaning training. Part-time technicians will assist with maintaining and monitoring field vehicles and field equipment, maintaining and monitoring seed bank assays, conducting seed viability tests, organizing field samples and databases, and conducting soil analyses. Additionally, lab technicians will assist with dendrochronology sample preparation and data entry and checking. Full-time Research Technicians: Technicians will conduct soil sampling at field sites in southeastern CA and southern NV, assist to establish a soil seed bank assay, assist with monitoring and maintenance of seed bank assays when botanical expertise is necessary, collect seeds from field sites, and conduct winter-spring botanical inventories. Field work will require camping close to field sites for up to 8 days at a time. Field sessions may vary from 4 days on-3 days off to 8 days on-6 days off depending on field location and activities to be conducted. Some flexibility is requested (start and end days of trips) to accommodate graduate students and undergraduate student workers. We will try to develop a preliminary field schedule for all employees ahead of the field season. Sites close to campus may only require day trips or one-night camping trips. We provide field vehicles and all necessary field equipment to conduct field research. We do not supply personal hiking equipment or camping gear (daypacks, hiking poles, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, etc.). However, we can provide a camping stove, gas, and a kitchen field kit, if requested. Good hiking boots and an appropriately sized daypack to carry equipment and samples to and from field locations are essential and mandatory. Because of the substrates at the field sites, anticipate needing at least one pair of good hiking boots during the field season. Equipment and sample weight can reach up to 30-50 lbs. Field locations can be rugged and require travel cross country not on trails across uneven surfaces over several kilometers.
Qualifications
Part-time Laboratory Technicians: Minimum qualifications -Be a United States citizen, have a current and valid state driver’s license, and have no personal at-fault accidents in the last three years. -A bachelor’s degree in the sciences, or biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related degree. -Experience working in a science laboratory or assisting with scientific research. -Experience assisting with management-related activities, including but not limited to data entry and data organization, sample, supply and equipment inventorying and organization. Other qualifications: Above, and one or more from below -Some field or laboratory professional or academic work experience that included following protocols for data collection. -Willingness to work with students. -Conducting physical soil analyses or preparing soil samples. -Conducting seed viability testing (germination/dye tests). -Data entry/checking, database management. Full-time Research Technicians: Minimum qualifications: -Be a United States citizen, have a current and valid state driver’s license, and have no personal at-fault accidents in the last five years. -A bachelor’s degree in the sciences, or biology, ecology, environmental science, or a related degree. -Field work experience or other outdoor experiences, including camping, hiking, or backpacking (carrying weight). -Some plant identification experience. -Willingness and ability to work outdoors in potentially adverse weather and willingness to camp and hike in remote locations (may not have cell service). -Willingness to work with students. Preferred/other qualifications: -Skills related to the above position description, and -Field navigation (map and compass, not just GPS). -Four-wheel drive experience. -Two to three years of experience conducting fieldwork, including cross-country hiking or backpacking. -Two to three years of botany/plant identification experience (using dichotomous keys or other references) in an academic or professional setting. -Botanical experience in the Mojave and Sonoran deserts or in southern California, Nevada, southern Utah, or Arizona. -Project management skills (scheduling, communication and organization, data management, data entry and checking). Applications Please feel free to reach out if you have questions before applying. We strongly suggest reviewing climate and living conditions for the region before applying. Please provide a brief letter of interest highlighting your relevant background and skills as they pertain to the position descriptions above. Please note to which position you are applying. Please provide a resume containing two to three references. Email applications to lindsay.chiquoine@unlv.edu. Include in the subject line Research Assistant, Spring 2023.
Contact Person
Lindsay Chiquoine
Contact eMail
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