Departmental Assistant - Morelli Lab
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Work type: Hourly
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Environmental Conservation
Categories: College of Natural Sciences, Temporary Non-Benefited
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked
public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate
and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the
scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural
environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition,
the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College,
Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to
the intellectual energy of the region.
This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to work with the U.S.
Geological Survey Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center, the New
Hampshire Department of Fish and Game, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
to inform Species Status Assessments for the endemic butterflies of Northern
New England. Ultimately, this project will inform natural resource management
decisions related to land protection, invasive species treatment, recreation
management, and a host of other conservation challenges.
The research assistant will:
Work with a captive colony to perform ex-situ and in-situ experiments to
complete the life history profile for both the White Mountain artic and
the White Mountain Fritillary and test potential climate change impacts on
Conduct mark recapture surveys and track female ovipositioning in the
Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity,
equality and inclusiveness.
Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across
the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.
Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of
the College of Natural Sciences.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education,
Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Classes related to ecology, environmental science, or resource management.
Other important qualifications are a strong work ethic, problem-solving
and time management skills, creativity, and an ability to work in a team.
Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education,
Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Preference will be given to applicants who have experience working with
butterflies or other insects, and analyzing population data.
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Work will take place in part in rugged field conditions in the White Mountain
National Forest - challenging field conditions including long days of hiking
in rapidly changing weather/high elevation.
Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm approximately.
Temporary Position: May 25, 2021 – August 28, 2021
Special Instructions to Applicants
Please submit CV and contact information for three references. Position to
As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an
individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will
understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.
(https: // www. cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion)
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to
race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual
orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or
genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic
programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide
services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst
is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or
mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment
and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and
covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the
applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal
opportunity and affirmative action.
Advertised: May 20 2021 Eastern Daylight Time