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Wetland Research Technician

Wetland Research Technician

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Reporting to Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research, the Wetland Research Technician will spend the majority of their time on the H2Ohio wetlands project, primarily conducting fieldwork to collect samples and characterize the wetlands, sample preparation and analysis in the laboratory, and follow-up data entry and project organization. Some time may be spent on other activities, especially the Heidelberg Tributary Loading Program.  

The Wetland Research Technician may supervise student employees.

Responsibilities

 

1. H2Ohio Wetland Monitoring (75%) 

  • Prepare for and conduct fieldwork from wetlands throughout Northwest Ohio, including water and soil/sediment collection, water sensor analysis and downloads, physical measurements, and overall general observations.  
  • Assist with laboratory water analysis of wetland samples
  • Manage data entry and back up following fieldwork
  • Assist with updates to monitoring protocols and plans as needed
  • Assist with data analysis 
  • Attend project meetings and workshops

2. Other field and laboratory activities (15%)

  • As needed, assist with the Heidelberg Tributary Loading Program sample preparation and analysis, data management, field station maintenance and repair, and weekly sample collection.   
  • Assist with other laboratory projects and the private well testing program (see more at https://ncwqr.org/)

3. Education and Outreach (10%)

  • Train and supervise student interns
  • Assist students with independent research projects

 

 

Qualifications

 

(A)  Completion of a Bachelor of Science in the Natural Sciences, Engineering, or a related field. 

(B)  Experience conducting field research either as an independent study or as part of a class.

(C)  Knowledge and excitement of wetland ecosystems.

 

Preferred Experience

 

(A) Experience in sampling wetlands for water, sediment, and soils.

(B)  Experience using chemical analysis to quantify nutrient concentrations in water.

(C)  Experience using handheld sensors to monitor water quality.

(D) Will consider the completion of a Master of Science degree involving wetlands or water quality monitoring as evidence of experience.

 

Supplemental Information

Necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking abilities.  
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage several projects simultaneously.  
  • Ability to relate to diverse cross-sections of individuals.
  • Ability to work independently and with a team.
  • Ability to travel regularly to conduct field research, work evenings and / or weekends as needed.

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED:  Knowledge of operation and use of various office equipment including, but not limited to:  personal computer, including spreadsheet and word processing software, integrated database software, fax machine, copier, telephone, scanner, and printers. The employee in this position must have a valid Ohio driver’s license. Will be trained in the use of field and laboratory analytical instrumentation and sample preparation equipment.  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee will work in an outdoor environment, the NCWQR laboratory, or in an office setting.  The employee is frequently required to use arms, hands, and fingers to operate instrumentation and may be frequently required to be mobile and communicate.  Specifically, the employee will be required to stand for long periods of time and be mobile in difficult outdoor environments (deep mud, water, uneven terrain). The employee will regularly be subject to a variety of outdoor environmental conditions including heat, cold, and precipitation. 

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten (10) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move more than fifty (50) pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Mental demands include varied degrees of occasional stress while performing job duties.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  

While performing the duties of this job, the employee frequently works in a laboratory and office setting, and outdoors in wetland, river, and/or other field environments. The noise level in the work environment will range from moderately quiet to rarely loud. 

SELECTION GUIDELINES:  The Wetland Research Technician will be selected after a formal application procedure, education and experience rating, oral interview, and reference check.  Job related tests may be required.  All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background screen, motor vehicle record search, drug and alcohol screen, physical and / or psychological examination at the University’s discretion.

How to Apply

For consideration, complete the online application.

Careers Disclosures

EOE Statement
Heidelberg University is a student-focused community with a commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. Individuals who value, demonstrate, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion are preferred candidates for Heidelberg’s vacant positions.  Additionally, we are seeking faculty and staff members who are interested in positively contributing to vital University initiatives in student recruitment, engagement, retention, success, persistence, graduation and placement.

Expected Closing Date
Review of candidates will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled.

Additional Info

Job Type : Full-Time

Education Level : Bachelors Degree

Experience Level : Entry Level

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