We are seeking to hire two field technicians for the summer of 2020. The technicians will be involved with a project that examines how microclimate and macroclimate affect the distributions of woody and herbaceous species of temperate mixed-species forests. Specifically, the field technicians will work with project staff at the Missouri Botanical Garden and Washington University in St. Louis to survey forest plots and monitor microclimate stations at Tyson Research Center. Tyson is a large, mostly forested, field station located ~10 miles west of Saint Louis, Missouri. Saint Louis has a highly active and friendly ecology and evolution community, and this position will provide opportunities to interact with multiple researchers at Tyson Research Center, Washington University, and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Interest in botany and a demonstrated ability to identify eastern US tree species
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Prior field work experience is required for this position
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Ability to traverse rugged terrain, carry a 20-lb backpack
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Ability to work outside in inclement weather conditions
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Ability to work independently of supervision
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Careful attention to detail
Desirable qualifications include:
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Ability to identify forest herbs
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Prior experience using a hand-held GPS unit to locate forest plots or other sampling sites in field conditions
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Prior experience establishing and monitoring forest plots
ÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â¢ Prior independent research experience is a plus
Technicians would be responsible for their own transportation to and from Tyson, as well as for room and board, although there is a possibility to rent an apartment at the Missouri Botanical Garden for most of the summer (conditional on availability of Garden housing). Work will be as an independent contractor for $15/hour for 40 hours a week. We envision a starting date for both positions in late May, and expect the positions to last for ~2 months.
To apply, please send: 1) a cover letter; 2) a resume; and 3) contact information for three references to CV to Dr. Stephen Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org). For questions, please contact Dr. Murphy or Dr. Adam Smith (email@example.com). Applications will be reviewed starting Wednesday, February 19th, 2020.
Missouri Botanical Garden’s Global Change Lab: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.earthskysea.org%2F&data=02%7C01%7Cmadeline.hennessey%40uconn.edu%7C9250aabacf6d48f1255908d7afa4bdd2%7C17f1a87e2a254eaab9df9d439034b080%7C0%7C0%7C637170994419371614&sdata=r7HpceJbANTZIWfZGKaDijv0ThTsWpZwK8QNbn5trUI%3D&reserved=0