Subject: Biological Field Technician
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian
Laboratory seeks a Biological Field Technician who will join a field
sampling crew to collect biological, chemical, and physical data for stream
assessment throughout the state of Maryland using Maryland Biological Stream
Survey (MBSS) protocols and participate in other field data collection as
assigned. This is a contractual position to begin Feb 25th, 2015 and
continue to early September 2015, or later, depending on available work.
Primary duties include: collecting and processing biological and chemical
samples, conducting backpack electrofishing, and identifying captured
organisms to species. Only candidates with previous field sampling
experience will be considered for this position and candidates must be able
to pass a fish identification certification examination. This position
requires frequent work outdoors while traversing rough terrain with packs
weighing up to 50lbs. Traveling long distances, overnight stays, irregular
work schedules, and long hours will be required. Expected work weeks
generally range from 35-55 hours per week, but will vary based on stream
conditions and available work.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Ability to identify the fishes, crayfishes, reptiles, and amphibians of
Maryland to species. Coursework in ichthyology, herpetology, hydrology, and
stream ecology. Experience in stream geomorphology assessment. Familiarity
with backpack electrofishing, GPS units, benthic macro-invertebrate
sampling, and map and compass navigation. Ability to adhere to sampling
protocols and accurately record data. Possession of a valid driver's license
and acceptable driving record. Ability to work well with others and treat
other crew members and members of the public with respect. Ability to work
independently and efficiently to complete assigned tasks.
This is an hourly contingent status position with a starting rate of $13.00
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an Equal
Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Individuals with disabilities,
veterans, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.
To apply, please send cover letter and resume by January 21st to:
(electronic submissions preferred)
UMCES Appalachian Laboratory
301 Braddock Road.
Frostburg, MD 21532
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Contact Person: Jason Cessna
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