Position: Research Associate

Duty Station: Michigan State University campus, East Lansing, MI

Duration: June 1, 2021 through August 15, 2021

Salary: $11/hour

Brief Description: One Research Associate is needed to help coordinate and implement research activities for the Northern Hardwood Research project implemented by the applied forestry and wildlife research laboratory in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. The Research Associate will assist with fieldwork activities including maintenance and collection of data and coordinate field sampling logistics across northern Michigan.

Detailed Description:

One Research Associate is needed to help coordinate and implement field research for Dr. Gary Roloff’s research project with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on Northern Hardwood project through the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. The research assistant will work closely with Dr. Roloff’s Ph.D. candidate, Melissa Starking, and our lead field technician, to assist in maintaining and collecting field data for the spring/summer field season (May – August 2021). The research assistant will coordinate and implement field sampling. The field sampling techniques used are camera trapping, bat detectors, woody vegetation identification (leaf off & on), browse survey, and maintaining exclosures. The research assistant use a field truck and gas card and will be responsible for reading maps to locate the correct locations to collect data. Although the research assistant will be working with another person, they will be spaced out across a 30- acre hardwoods site and will need to feel comfortable performing field activities on their own. This position requires the research assistant to travel across northern Michigan for 5-14 days at a time, lodging provided, will work some weekends, and will be able to travel back down state in between for days off. This position offers a broad breadth of field technique opportunities.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Collection and implementation of field techniques including camera trap maintenance and placement, woody plant identification (leaf off & on), browse survey, maintaining exclosures, placement/maintenance of bat detectors.

2. Handle data and field techniques operations properly.

5. Demonstrate an ability to work effectively with others including the public and research cooperators.

6. Effectively work in an environment that respects and encourages diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Required Qualifications:

1. B.S. (or working towards) in wildlife ecology or related field is required.

2. Necessary skills include proficiency with map, compass, comfortable being in the forests/outdoors for long periods, responsible, honest, self-sufficient, able to lift 50 lbs, walk for extended periods of time off trail.

Additional Qualifications:

1. Experience interacting and working collaboratively with natural resource agencies and other external partners (e.g., Native American tribes, forest products industry).

Position open until June 20, 2021, or until filled.

Application Materials: Letter of interest (1 page max), CV, three references.

To apply visit:<;!!HXCxUKc!kUT1xgYB8fQ1G0-9pCRYsbpBtMTsuhQH9fQGSLt00AxTulLUwzp50rm1IHasexk$>, Posting 708217

Questions should be directed to: Melissa Starking; [log in to unmask]