Position Announcements

Research technician

Coastal/Estuarine habitat research technician
Hiring Range: $10.61/hr
Part-time: 30 hr/wk (flexible schedule)
Proposed start date: 7/1/2013
Estimated duration of appointment: This is a temporary position not to exceed 24 months
Posting open date: 2/20/2013
Posting close date: 3/15/2013
Description of work: This position will be part of a two-year project that will examine the ecological functioning of irregularly flooded marsh habitat in North Carolina. Technician duties will include field sampling and identification of the flora and fauna within coastal marshes in western Pamlico Sound, as well as collecting environmental and hydrographic data from field sites. Laboratory duties will include the identification of juvenile and adult fishes and invertebrates, processing floral samples, recording data, managing project database, and statistical analysis. This position will offer opportunities for training in advanced ecological and statistical analysis skills. This position will be based at UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences, 3431 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC 28557.
Education and Experience: Applicants who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, ecology, or marine/estuarine, fisheries, or environmental science are preferred. Preference will be given to recent graduates with an interest in obtaining experience that will prepare them for success in graduate school and who seek a career in coastal/marine biology, ecology or conservation. Familiarity or experience with small boat operation, biological field sampling, basic laboratory procedures, Microsoft Office, and ArcGIS are desirable.
Special Physical and Mental Requirements: This work will require the ability to lift at least 50 lbs., to work in cold/hot, wet conditions, as well as during some early-morning and late-night shifts. Applicants must be willing to travel within coastal North Carolina (NC) for 2 to 5-day trips, hold a valid driver’s license, and be willing to learn how to operate up to a 24-ft. motorized (outboard) skiff within NC Sounds.
Special Instructions: Please direct specific inquires to Dr. Christine Voss (project investigator), cvoss@unc.edu or 252.726.6841 x125. The numerous marine research facilities and institutions in the Carteret County area usually allow opportunity for cost-efficient housing options.
Interested candidates MUST APPLY at: http://unc.peopleadmin.com/hr/postings/13899