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Lab Manager - Wetland Ecology and Restoration Lab at Utah State University

Lab Manager - Wetland Ecology and Restoration Lab at Utah State University

This is a full-time, benefitted position for one year at Utah State University, with the potential for renewal based on excellent performance and funding.  Research in the Wetland Ecology and Restoration Lab focuses on invasive wetland plant ecology and management, native wetland plant seed ecology and genetics, wetland restoration, and manager-scientist collaborations.

The Lab Manager will oversee all aspects of lab operations: lead experiments, assist graduate students, manage undergraduate research technicians, and generally ensure that field, lab, and greenhouse operations run smoothly and efficiently.

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Education: Six years of related experience; or a Bachelor’s degree plus two years of experience; or a Master’s Degree in a related field; or an equivalent combination of education plus experience.
  • Seed and botany in wetlands: Experience in seed collecting, seed cleaning, seed viability testing, dormancy breaking, triggering germination in diverse species, growing and planting plugs including for aquatic plants; familiarity with wetland plant identification; use of dichotomous keys.
  • Managerial: experience managing diverse groups of individuals and personalities; committed to fostering a positive, collaborative, and inclusive work environment.
  • Field: comfortable working under challenging field conditions (hot, cold, muddy, sometimes buggy) for some long days.  Most fieldwork takes place May–October in Great Salt Lake and Utah Lake wetlands.  Experience with or willing to be trained in herbicide application to control invasive Phragmites (a few days of fieldwork a year).
  • Lab: experience working with growth chambers and in greenhouses for plant experiments; experience designing suitable light, temperature, and nutrient growth conditions and installing irrigation systems for controlled experiments.
  • Quantitative: Experience with organizing, graphing, and analyzing data in R; experience with common plant ecology data analysis procedures/processes: e.g., using mixed models and NMDS analysis; working in the Beta distribution; using structural equation modeling.

Position details:

  • Schedule: Work will be, on average, 40 hours a week with some long field days during the field season.  There is some flexibility to telework for office days. 
  • Compensation: This is a full-time position that includes generous health insurance and retirement through USU’s Human Resources.  Salary range: $40,100 to 50,100 depending on experience.
  • Start date: This position will remain open until filled but the preferred start date is spring (approximately March/April) 2023.
  • Application review will begin January 31st but the position will remain open until filled.  The online application can be accessed here:             
    https://forms.gle/DB7kFii14FhFwz5S9   where you can upload a resume/CV (no cover letter needed) and answer questions about your qualifications.

   Location details:

The Wetland Ecology and Restoration Lab is in the Quinney College of Natural Resources at Utah State University in Logan, UT.  Logan is in Cache Valley, a community of 133,000 people situated 85 miles north of Salt Lake City.  Logan has a low cost of living and is in a semi-rural mountain basin with nearby ski resorts, wetlands, lakes, rivers, mountains, and an extensive trail system that provide unparalleled recreational opportunities.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Karin Kettenring at karin.kettenring@gmail.com or look at www.karinkettenring.com for further information on the research lab.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree, Masters

Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level

Job Function : General

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