Soil Ecology Research Technician
We are recruiting a hardworking, dedicated individual to work as a field and lab technician in soil ecology. This position will assist a Ph.D. student, Michael Remke, in preparing for a field based climate manipulation experiment in soil and plant ecology, in addition to assisting with other projects as needed.
The primary duties of this position will relate to soil sterilization and data collection. Additional duties will include preparing field sites for planting and transplanting pots from the NAU research greenhouse to the field. Duties will extend into the summer and will shift to data collection and monitoring at the field sites. The position allows for dedicated individuals to gain valuable research experience during the summer months. This experiment manipulates soil origin, soil organism communities, temperature and precipitation to better understand responses of a common native grass, Bouteloua gracilis, and Ponderosa Pine to climate change.
Other duties may include microscopy, chemical analyses, and maintenance of greenhouse experiments.
Applicant should be pursuing or have completed a degree in forestry, biology, environmental studies or related field. A strong interest in soil and plant ecology research is preferred. Willingness to travel to field sites within Arizona, possibly during weekends is a must. The successful applicant must be self-motivated and able to work independently. Attention to detail and ability to maintain a clean, sterile work place are essential for success. The applicant must be physically fit and able to work in field conditions with variable weather. This position requires lifting heavy objects, shoveling, crouching, and moving heavy items. This position also requires ability to collect and manage large amounts of data. In addition, the applicant must complete NAU’s driver training and will be expected to operate large trucks on rough, remote roads. Ability to operate and navigate using topographic maps and handheld GPS units is preferred. The applicant will be trained in all appropriate methodology and will be able to work closely with graduate students while gaining valuable experience in experimental design and set up of field based soil ecology experiments.
January – August; possibility for extension into Fall
Hours: Variable (up to 20 hours per week) – potential for more at certain times
This position is not benefit eligible.
For more information or to apply, please contact or send a resume to:
Michael Remke: Michael_remke@nau.edu
And please cc Dr. Matthew Bowker: firstname.lastname@example.org