Wetland Research Scientist Assistant: Texas

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Port Aransas, TX
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Full time Positions
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Weekly Scheduled Hours: 40 Earliest Start Date: Immediately Position Duration: Expected to Continue Until Aug 31, 2023 A full time Wetland Research Scientist Assistant is needed to assist with field and analytical tasks in support of the Wetland Landscape Ecology lab at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, TX. The Wetland Landscape Ecology Lab conducts research on broad-scale wetland ecosystem resiliency and conservation through data science, remote sensing, field ecology, and ecological experiments. We typically focus on wetland-dominated landscapes and largely use open-source tools to conduct our science. Active research focuses on understanding spatiotemporal pattern and process in wetland plant productivity, phenology, carbon cycling, and environmental gradients. The selected candidate for this position will focus on remote sensing of restored wetland ecosystem functions and services in coastal Texas, as well as helping with collecting and processing wetland plant belowground biomass data for broad-scale landscape modeling. The candidate will assist with other projects as they become available. Opportunities for data analysis and publication are also possible for the interested applicant. Our lab advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. To learn more about the Wetland Landscape Ecology lab, please visit: www.landscapemodeling.net. The University of Texas Marine Science Institute provides an outstanding benefits package. For more details, please see: https://hr.utexas.edu/prospective/benefits and https://hr.utexas.edu/current/services/my-total-rewards . Purpose To assist with a variety of analytical and field research tasks in support of the Wetland Landscape Ecology lab at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Responsibilities • Will assess restored wetland ecosystem functions and services through field and remote sensing methods (40%). • Will assist with the collection, processing, sorting, and washing of wetland field data, including plant foliar nitrogen and belowground biomass samples for broad-scale landscape modeling (30%). • Will assist with other lab and field research as needed and have opportunities to work on multiple projects (10%). • Other related duties as assigned (20%). Working Conditions • Frequent travel will be required for field work as assigned. Travel to sites in and around Galveston, Texas and Sapelo Island, Georgia are already planned for related projects. Work Shift • Irregular work hours and days with evening and weekend work will be required including long hours in the field, long car and boat rides, Required Materials • Resume/CV • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor • Letter of interest (< 1 page)- Please include date you’re available to start in your letter of interest. For questions about this position, please email Jessica O’Connell (jessica.oconnell@utexas.edu), Assistant Professor in the Department of Marine Science at the University of Texas. To apply Upload required materials to: https://utaustin.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UTstaff/job/MARINE-SCIENCE-INSTITUTE/Wetland-Research-Scientist-Assistant_R_00021508
• Must have prior field research experience • BS degree in science or applicable field OR 2 years’ of relevant coursework Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate. Driving Required This job requires a class “C” operator’s driver’s license. The applicant selected must provide a current three year driving record from the current state of residence. If not currently a Texas resident, a Texas driver’s license must be obtained within 30 days of becoming a Texas resident. Employees who are required to have a CDL are subject to drug and alcohol testing (pre-employment, post-accident, reasonable suspicion, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing).
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Jessica O'Connell
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