Position Description and Application Information
Job Title: Research Specialist
Rate of Pay: $41,902 Commensurate with experience
Type of Position: Full-Time
Organizational Unit: NGRREC-Terrestrial Ecology
Position Reports to (Title): Research Coordinator/Assistant Scientist
Scope of Position: The person in this position will provide a variety of field and laboratory support for research occurring at the National Great Rivers Research and Education Center (NGRREC) Costello Confluence Field Station. Activities will include day-to-day support of NGRREC scientists and research equipment.
Key Measurable Expectations:
- Provide laboratory and field support for various research and monitoring programs of NGRREC scientists.
- Oversee and be responsible for use of specialized laboratory and scientific equipment.
- Collaborate with NGRREC scientists on other mission-oriented research.
- Assist in the day-to-day running of the ecology and water quality laboratories, and equipment including collaboration with and monitoring of less senior members.
- Calibrate and deploy instruments in the field and laboratory.
- Collect various samples and data including water quality and ecological samples.
- Maintain inventory of general laboratory & field supplies and report items that need to be purchased to supervisor. Shelve and organize restocked items.
- Assist in general maintenance of field and lab equipment across all NGRREC programs and the NGRREC Field Station.
- Maintain awareness of NGRREC standard lab safety and responsibilities.
- Enter data into computerized databases and/or spreadsheets.
- Conduct data analyses as assigned.
- Assist in scientific manuscript and report writing as needed.
- Assist with preparation and submission of research grants as needed.
- Overnight travel may be required.
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology, Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry or related discipline
- Strong quantitative skills.
- Experience in conducting laboratory and/or field experiments (and associated statistical analyses).
- Evidence of scientific productivity (e.g., publications, presentations).
- The ability to work independently and in larger groups.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Working knowledge of computer programs such as Microsoft Office.
- Working knowledge of statistical tools such as R.
- Ability to operate motorized watercraft.
- Ability to operate vehicle hauling trailer.
- Physical ability to work outdoors in rough terrain and all-weather conditions.
- Availability for early/late or weekend work.
- Driver’s License required. Boater safety certification required or must be obtained within 3 months of hire.
- Master’s Degree.
- Experience with plant identification and forestry.
- Experience with analyses of ecological datasets.
- Interest in developing one’s own research questions (within the mission of NGRREC).
- Experience with equipment maintenance.
Physical Demands: Lifting (identify indicate minimum lbs requirement) - 25lbs, additional items (identify) - Physical ability to work outdoors in rough terrain (including areas where venomous snakes are present) and all weather conditions. Physical ability to work standing for long periods of time.
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:30 , Some Evenings , Some Weekends , Other (specify) - Some overnight travel
Open Date: 01/18/2023
Close Date: Open until filled
Special Instructions to Applicants: GRANT-FUNDED POSITION - valid driver's license required
Lewis & Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, LCCC will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer. It is also the policy of the College to prohibit any form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.