The Sevilleta Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) program at the University of New Mexico is seeking to fill a position at the level of Field Research Associate as a full-time staff for the LTER Field Crew. This position has a large field-based ecology component and requires the ability to live for extended periods at the Sevilleta Field Station near Socorro, New Mexico for up to six non-consecutive months per year. The research technician will organize and lead a small mammal trapping and monitoring program, which includes monthly trapping bouts from February to November (or as conditions permit).
In addition, the technician is expected to assist with other LTER research tasks, which include collecting data on plant species, maintaining field-deployed sensors (e.g., local meteorological stations and weather instruments, soil moisture, soil temperature, CO2, etc.), building and maintaining field-based experimental infrastructure (warming experiments, rain-out shelters, irrigation equipment), and driving a field vehicle.
The primary responsibility of this research technician position is to work with other scientists to collect and manage data for a number of long-term, field-based research projects. A majority of the LTER projects focus on population, community, and ecosystem ecology in grassland, shrubland and woodland ecosystems of central New Mexico. This position will manage a (monthly) small mammal trapping program that includes the collection of tissues (blood and hair), operation and maintenance of a field station-based quantitative magnetic resonance instrument, and collection of associated metadata on species identification, weight, sex, and reproductive status. The ability to wear a half-face respirator is necessary.
In addition to prior research experience with mammals, the successful candidate will have plant identification skills and the ability to hike long distances in a desert environment carrying field equipment. Ability to maintain experimental field infrastructure and sensors is preferred, and some familiarity with data management and analysis, including the use of Excel, R, MySQL databases, and/or additional software packages, is also preferred.
Under indirect supervision, undertakes extended travel to geographically remote/exotic locations to perform biological data collection, processing, and analysis activities in support of a specified field research study, and to identify and recommend new potential areas and directions for associated research.
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Conditions of Employment
Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.
Bachelor's degree; at least 6 months of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.
- B.A./B.S. in Biology (or related field)
- Conduct field work independently and be resourceful
- Experience working with mammals in field environments
- Drive a field vehicle (research site is ~1 hour from campus)
- Experience managing day-to-day operations of small mammal trapping program
- Experience with small mammal orbital bleeding procedures
- Experience ensuring the quality and integrity of long-term data sets
- Experience with plant identification and/or field vegetation sampling
Additional Requirements Official transcripts, High school diploma, or GED certificate will be required for hire. Please see minimum qualifications for specifics.