Departmental Assistant - Morelli Lab

University of Massachusetts Amherst

United States

July 11, 2021


Departmental Assistant - Morelli Lab

Apply now Job no: 508419 Work type: Hourly Location: UMass Amherst Department: Environmental Conservation Union: Non-Benefited 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.

Job Summary

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.

Essential Functions

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 overwintering survival.
  • Conduct mark recapture surveys and track female ovipositioning in the wild.
  • Other Functions

  • 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.

    Work Schedule

    Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm approximately.

    Salary Information


    Temporary Position: May 25, 2021 – August 28, 2021

    Special Instructions to Applicants

    Please submit CV and contact information for three references. Position to begin ASAP.

    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.

    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 Applications close:

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