Field toxicology/ecotoxicology seasonal research assistant ~

14 de marzo de 2011

Field toxicology/ecotoxicology seasonal research assistant

Aquatic-terrestrial linkages and heavy metals in Rocky
Mountain streams.

Full-time field technician position on project funded by the US Geological
Survey; approximately May-October 2011.

We seek a field technician for a large-scale study of heavy metal transfer
from streams to riparian food webs by emerging aquatic insects. The work
will be based out of the USGS Fort Collins Science Center in Fort Collins,
CO; field sites will include alpine streams in the central Colorado Rocky
Mountains. The successful applicant will collect and identify emerging
aquatic insects and spiders from remote field locations, prepare specimen
for light stable isotope and heavy metal analyses, and aid in laboratory
work in experimental streams. This position will provide an excellent
opportunity to those interested in connections between aquatic and
terrestrial ecosystems, community ecology, ecotoxicology and conservation.

Education/Experience: Applicants are required to be enrolled or have
recently graduated (< 1 year) with a bachelor's or master's degree in
ecology, environmental science, entomology or related field. Strong
candidates will have experience with identifying and sampling aquatic
macroinvertebrates and/or spiders, have knowledge of Rocky Mountain
streams or riparian habitats, and have experience or familiarity with
heavy metals or other contaminants. A flexible personality, good attitude
and proven ability to work well with others is required, as well as the
physical stamina to spend long hours travelling to sires and working in
the field. Applicants must also be well organized, highly responsible and
attentive to detail. Previous experience conducting or assisting with
field research, a driver's license and good driving record are also
required for this position.

Conditions: This position will entail long days in the field, multi-day
trips that may include overnight stays in hotels or camping, potential
exposure to inclement weather, night-time surveys, carrying a pack and
equipment to field sites and working and hiking at high elevations (up to
11,500 ft.). Applicants are advised that during field trips work may
continue 7 days a week and involve workdays more than 8 hours long. The
successful applicant will need to obtain housing in or near Fort Collins,

Pay: $13-20/hour depending on experience. The US Geological Survey is an
equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged
to apply.

To apply: Please email a cover letter indicating available dates and your
interest/special qualifications for this position, a CV highlighting
research experience, transcripts (unofficial ok), and two letters of
recommendation to Dr. Johanna Kraus ( All application
materials should clearly indicate your name. Applications will be accepted
immediately and until the position is filled.

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