From: Anthony Arnold <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 1:02 PM
To: "[log in to unmask]" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: [glin-jobs] Biological Technician to assist with robotic survey of Great Lakes invasive fish

Position Title:

Contract Biological Science Technician

Hiring Agency:

US Geological Survey—Great Lakes Science Center (1450 Green Rd., Ann Arbor, MI 48105)


Dr. Peter Esselman, [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>; T. 734-214-7267

Duration of appointment:

Full time for a maximum of 2 years


$19.78 per hour (flat rate, no overtime)

Travel required:

Position will require overnight travel reimbursed by USGS

Position description

Two contract Biological Science Technicians are sought to assist with implementation of a program to estimate abundances of invasive round goby and other benthic fishes in the Great Lakes using autonomous underwater vehicles.  The technicians will assist with field, lab, and computer work under the Supervision of the project leader and in collaboration with a larger field team.  Field work will take place from small boats (< 26 foot), and involve launch, operation, and retrieval of AUVs, and collection of auxiliary data.  The contractor may also assist with image manipulation tasks (i.e., image interpretation), web content generation, lab experiments, and miscellaneous research tasks at the Supervisor’s discretion.  The contractor should expect to work up to 70 hours per week during the field season between June and November 2018, and 40 hours per week during non-field portions of the year.

Why work for USGS?

Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit<;!!HXCxUKc!g2y80kCn85U03YzlvrUZYrd0AqS1WbbsHL6t0lCWHFAzZlTuP0HFlU3A1zSXcg6ASQ$>.


To qualify you should:

•        Have a recent Bachelor’s degree (within 1 year of graduation) in fish and wildlife biology, ecology, natural resource management, environmental studies or relevant area of study.

•        Be a proficient swimmer.

•        Be comfortable working in small boats on large bodies of water in a variety of weather conditions.

•        Have the ability to safely manage heavy objects (<110 lbs) from the side of boat.

•        Be proficient with Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, and Windows Explorer.

•        Have the ability to work in a self-directed manner and multi-task.

•        Be able to work harmoniously in a team setting.

•        Have a driver’s license and good driving record.

•        Possess good communication skills in both written and verbal forms.

Desired qualifications:

•        Previous experience conducting research from small boats.

•        Proficiency in trailering and piloting small research vessels (<26 foot).

•        Specialized experience, knowledge, or coursework relevant to the project.  Examples include: field ecology; Geographic Information Systems (GIS); programming (R, Matlab, or Python); field robotics; informatics; and/or scientific writing.

•        Proficiency with photo and video editing software.

•        SCUBA certification(s).

To apply:

•        Email 2-page resume and a cover letter to Dr. Peter Esselman ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

•        Cover letter should highlight ways that your interests, education and experience make you the ideal candidate for the position.

•        Suitable candidates will be interviewed as applications are received until the two positions are filled.
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