Spring/Summer Lab & Field Opportunity: Invasive Forest Insect Technician

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Logan, UT 84322
  • Salary: $12 an hour

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Full Job Description
Overview:We are looking for one highly motivated, bright individual who is enthusiastic to learn about a novel and cryptic invasive forest pest and gain first-hand experience in forest ecological research.
Responsibilities:Successful candidates will:
Learn how to identify balsam woolly adelgid (BWA; forest insect) life stages via dissecting microscope
Learn lab etiquette and scientific integrity skills
Learn how to conduct ecological field work in high-elevation forests
Assist graduate students in conducting their research
Be willing to follow all required COVID-19 safety protocols in lab and field work
All lab work will occur in Logan, UT and will commence as soon as possible. Lab work involves processing bark samples by identifying and counting insect life stages. Field work will occur in Cache, Weber, and Salt Lake Counties and will begin in June. Field work will involve travel to and from field sites weekly with moderate hiking.
Time Frame: Spring and Summer 2022 and an option for extension into the Fall 20-40 hrs.
Schedule: Spring – Lab work only; ASAP – August 10-15 Hrs./week
Summer – Lab + Field Work; June – August; 20-40 Hrs./week
We are happy to accommodate school schedules.
Qualifications:Attention to detail
Scientific integrity
Ability to learn and adopt best management practices in field and lab settings
Interest in conducting entomological and ecological field/lab work
Possess an active driver’s license and the willingness to take state driving safety training to be certified to drive government vehicles
Ability to hike several miles over rough terrain to reach forest sampling sites
Required Documents:Along with the online application, please attach:
Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
Statement of Interest to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Advertised Salary: $12.00 per hour ADA:Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.
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