Restoration Ecologist ($14.90-$19.71/hour)
One energetic, competent assistant needed to support the Jornada Experimental Range with regional-scale research in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico. Duties will consist of approximately 50% office work (literature review, data entry, error-checking and organization) and approximately 50% field work (restoration experiments, vegetation sampling, soil characterization and sampling). Field sites are located in southern New Mexico. Field work requires extensive travel (one to four hours to access sites) throughout southern New Mexico and long hours in the field. Some sites are accessible only on foot over rugged terrain. Field conditions may range from hot (100’s) to cold (30’s), and windy.
Job Title: Program Coordinator or Program Specialist, Senior
Appointment Type: Temporary, 40 hrs/wk
Pay Rate: $14.90 – $19.71 / hour (commensurate with education and experience)
Start Date: flexible, between 6/15/2015 and 8/1/2015
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)
Positions Available: 1
Job Duties: Position supports restoration projects and monitoring by federal agencies, initiating a seeding experiment, and other landscape ecology research. Field duties include working on a team sampling plant communities (line-point intercept, belt transect, ocular estimates, plant production and utilization methods), digging soil pits, characterizing soils, collecting monitoring and inventory data. Independent field duties include initiation of a seeding experiment. Office duties include literature review, developing the seeding experiment, data entry, data error-checking and other tasks. Assistants will be trained, calibrated and become proficient in standardized vegetation and soil methods used by federal agencies, researchers and international aid organizations.
Qualifications: Master of Science in Ecology, Natural Resources, Biology, Range Science or related programs preferred; Bachelor’s plus experience accepted. Experience collecting vegetation and soil field-based measurements. Plant ID experience desirable. Ability to: (1) make sound judgments using analytical skills, (2) follow oral and written instructions, (3) assemble and record accurate, detail-oriented field data, (4) navigate to monitoring plots using maps and GPS units, (5) identify Chihuahuan Desert flora, (6) work as a team member under the direction of a team leader, and (7) work independently. The ability to work long days outdoors under inclement weather conditions is required. Must be able to hike long distances, carrying field equipment. Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license. Experience driving on rugged terrain using 4-wheel drive is preferred.
To Apply: Applicants must apply through NMSU (https://jobs.nmsu.edu/). Please be prepared to submit a letter of application, a resume, transcripts, and contact information (name, email address and phone number) for three references. Inquiries may be addressed to:
P.O. Box 30003 MSC 3JER
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88003