Application review will begin on 10/7/22 and continue until the positions are filled.
We seek to hire multiple field research technicians to work within a landscape fragmentation experiment to understand the long-term impacts of habitat connectivity on plant community assembly and diversity. The successful candidates will be based at the Savannah River Site (SRS) near Aiken, South Carolina. Job duties will focus on maintenance of experimental sites to control woody vegetation and maintain open habitat structure including the use of herbicide and brush saws. Additional duties will include vegetative plant community data collection and management. Training will be provided to accomplish all of these tasks.
Field research technicians will interact closely with other research technicians at the site; other members of the research group including graduate students, postdocs, and local US Forest Service resource managers; and the project PIs Ellen Damschen (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Lars Brudvig (Michigan State University), Nick Haddad (Michigan State University), John Orrock (University of Wisconsin-Madison), and Julian Resasco (University of Colorado-Boulder).
Positions are temporary, starting Nov. 1, 2022 for six months at $15/hr. Research Technicians will work at the Savannah River Site, live in a town near the site (e.g., Aiken, SC; Augusta, GA), and will work with seasonal technicians, students, and project PIs who live both near the site and elsewhere. Housing is not provided. There may be flexibility for the start date if needed. Additional opportunities may become available with our research group.
Minimum requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in ecology, natural resources, or a similar field of study; previous field experience; ability to quickly learn southeastern plant species; willingness to work with herbicide and brush saws to clear vegetation; the ability to work full days under arduous (hot/humid, brushy) field conditions; a valid driver’s license; and ability to obtain driver’s authorization for university and federal vehicles.
Because the Savannah River Site is a highly secure area run by the U.S. Department of Energy, non-United States citizens may have difficulty gaining clearance to work there. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse groups. The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.
To apply, please email a CV and a cover letter describing past experience, why you are a strong candidate for this position, dates of availability, and contact information (email addresses and phone numbers) for two references to Ellen Damschen at firstname.lastname@example.org.