Research Associate

Mississippi State University

United States

August 18, 2021

Description

Research Associate

Apply now Job no: 502897 Position type: Full-Time 12-Month Department: 080300 - FWRC-Wildlife,Fisheries&Aquaculture Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS Categories: Professional Position Open Date: Jul 16 2021

Position Function:

Mississippi State University is seeking a self-motivated individual with a passion for wildlife monitoring to lead a project evaluating different non- invasive methods for estimating wildlife population densities. The individual's primary responsibility is to lead a team of technicians working to collect and process data (camera trap and non-invasive genetics from fecal samples), coordinate and perform genetics lab work to extract and amplify DNA from animal samples, and coordinate activities among collaborators required to complete project objectives. The project is in cooperation with Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, and USDA-ARS Genetics and Sustainable Agriculture research group. The project sites are located in Benton and Chickasaw Counties, and the South Delta region of Mississippi, and housing is provided at field sites when travel is required during the field seasons (January – March and May – September 2022).

Salary Grade: 13

Please see Staff Compensation Structure or Skilled Crafts and Service Maintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is a top-ranked research institution and the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture (WFA) has a strong applied focus in wildlife conservation and management. The 35-member faculty within the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture leads one of the most productive research programs in the Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. The department is well- known for its highly collegial and interdisciplinary faculty, post-doctoral fellows, research and extension associates that help make the department one of the premier institutions for applied wildlife and fisheries science in the nation. As one of the fastest growing undergraduate programs in the region, our 300 undergraduate students concentrate in wildlife agriculture science, human-wildlife interactions, conservation biology, wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation law enforcement, and wildlife, fisheries and aquaculture science. The department also houses 60 graduate students across a variety of programs. For additional information see extension.msstate.edu/natural-resources/wildlife and www. cfr.msstate.edu/wildlife

Area of Specialization:

Wildlife Monitoring Specialist

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Hires and supervises seasonal technicians and student workers 2. Communicates with MDWFP staff and landowners regarding land access and project activities 3. Plans, coordinates and conducts seasonal field work including scientific data collection following the established study design and protocols. 4. Designs, performs, and/or oversees data collection to ensure data integrity, quality control, and protocol compliance. 5. Collects, analyzes, and interprets data; contributes to statistical and narrative reports and/or graphs under supervision; contributes to the preparation of manuscripts for publication; presents research results to scientific conferences and other groups. 6. Applies an analytical approach to the solution of a wide variety of problems, or applies specialized techniques or ingenuity in selecting and evaluating approaches to unforeseen or novel problems. 7. Ensures proper care in the use and maintenance of equipment and supplies; promotes continuous improvement of workplace safety and environmental practices. 8. Assists with coordinating inventory and purchasing of field and lab supplies. 9. Coordinates scheduling of field work and laboratory activities. 10. May lead, guide, and train staff/student employees, and/or interns performing related work. 11. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree in wildlife science, ecology, or natural resource related field (wildlife ecology, environmental science, geography). Experience working independently to manage projects and tasks in a field setting.

Rank and salary commensurate with education and experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in a genetics laboratory or similar experience. Master's degree in wildlife science, ecology, or natural resource related field (wildlife ecology, environmental science, geography). Experience towing trailers and with All-Terrain Vehicles.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Required Skillsets: - Project management for a wildlife program or similar related management experience. - Field experience following protocols, collecting data, navigation, and data management - Operation of 4WD vehicles - Ability to hike long distances and carry equipment required to conduct project activities - Excellent communication skills (experience with private landowners and/or natural resource agency representatives) - Proficiency with geospatial software (e.g., ArcMap, QGIS, Google Earth), geodatabases, and Excel spreadsheets. - Knowledge of wildlife monitoring protocols and practices

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Exposure to inclement weather, heat, cold, mud, insects, wildlife and other potential complications of outdoor settings. Often exposed to one or more elements such as heat, cold, noise, dust, dirt, chemicals, etc., often to the point of being objectionable. Physical effort/activity will be required, must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted. Job frequently involves bending or other physical exertion. Job requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, grasping objects with hands, communicating verbally and in writing. ab work requires following Bio Safety Lab I protocols. Frequent travel to and working in remote/rural areas in the community. Seasonal overnight travel, occasional evening, and weekend work. The ability to work after normal work hours during peak seasons will be required.

Instructions for Applying:

Link to apply: https:// explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/

Please apply and upload resume and cover letter via MSU job portal at www. jobs.msstate.edu. Submit unofficial transcripts with social security numbers redacted to Dana Morin, dana.morin@msstate.edu

Restricted Clause:

Position contingent upon funding availability.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

Advertised: Jul 16 2021 Central Daylight Time Applications close:

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