Research Technician: NC State University is conducting projects focused on the conservation, captive propagation and life history of freshwater mussels. We anticipate having funds to hire one individual part-time (20 hrs a week) as a technician to assist with laboratory and field work. Work will hopefully begin between mid-March and early April 2011 and will last for 18 weeks.
- Perform routine care for and maintenance of juvenile and adult freshwater mussels and stream fishes in a laboratory,
- Assist in the propagation and culture of freshwater mussels,
- Assist in performing field surveys and collection of freshwater mussels (snorkeling and wading)
- Assist in monitoring culture ponds in Butner and Asheboro, NC
- Assist in conducting some fish collection through seining and backpack electrofishing
- Monitor and maintain water quality in lab recirculating systems,
- Maintain data and records on fishes and mussels in the laboratory,
- Must be working towards or have completed a Bachelor of Science degree (or equivalent) in biology, fisheries and wildlife sciences, zoology or related field,
- Good organizational skills and attention to detail,
- Good data collection skills,
- Ability to work well alone as well as work closely with others,
- Physically fit and able to work long hours in and around water and under potentially adverse weather conditions,
- Must be able to climb ladders and carry up to 40 pounds,
- Must be able to swim, snorkel and be comfortable in water,
- A North Carolina driver’s license (or ability to obtain one).
Other Preferred Qualifications:
- Experience in the care of aquatic animals
- A background and interest in streams and aquatic biology
- Experience surveying freshwater fishes and/or mussels
- Experience paddling a canoe
- Experience with tools, plumbing, carpentry, etc.
Hours: somewhat flexible but primarily within regular business hours Monday - Friday
Interested individuals: Email cover letter and resume or CV to Chris Eads (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Feb 23, 2011