Michigan State University Extension
Michigan Natural Features Inventory
P.O. Box 30444, Lansing, MI 48909-7944 (517) 373-1552 FAX: (517) 373-9566
JOB OPPORTUNITY - Position #1105
Position Title: Field Assistant
Supervisor: Senior Conservation Scientist,
Location: Various locations statewide
Salary Range: $12 to $16 per hour, commensurate with
training and experience.
Application deadline: February 28, 2011 or until filled
Term of Employment: Approximately 16 weeks. Start and end dates are
flexible from March 2011, ending September, 2011.
Minimum Qualifications: Two years of study towards B.S. or Associates Degree
in botany, ecology, wildlife biology or closely related field.
Description of Position and Duties: Field assistant will be responsible
for conducting literature reviews, surveys of terrestrial and invasive
plants and rare species, monitoring and education. Duties also include
entering data, developing and delivering presentations, meetings, planning,
and other tasks as needed. Desired qualifications include working knowledge
of Michigan and/or Midwestern fauna, flora, and ecosystems; strong botanical
skills and additional experience with Michigan's rare and vulnerable species
and ArcMap or ArcGIS preferred. Field assistant will work closely with
principle investigator and project lead.
Field sampling will regularly require long hours under potentially adverse
working conditions (e.g., hot and humid weather, long and difficult hikes in
waders). Frequent work over two week periods is expected and work on
holidays and/or weekends may be required. Applicants must have a valid
driver's license and may be required to use their own vehicle (mileage will
be reimbursed at the standard MSU rate). Meal and lodging costs will be
reimbursed when overnight stay is required. Ability to comfortably navigate
in remote areas on land or in water with waders, kayak, canoe and/or small
motor boat using aerial photography, compass, and/or GPS is essential.
Applicants must be self-motivated, have a willingness to learn and be able
to work both independently and as part of a team.
Application Procedure: Send cover letter (directly addressing the above
position description), resume, copy of college transcripts, and contact
information for three professional references to Sue Ridge, Director of
Administration, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, P.O. Box 30444,
Lansing, MI 48909-7944. Include position number on all application
materials and include your earliest and latest work availability dates in
your cover letter. E-mail applications sent to [log in to unmask] will be
considered, but applicants should include all information in the body of the
message; we cannot be responsible for information in attached files that may
be lost or blocked. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
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