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Temporary Stream Technician

Company: University of Colorado
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Temporary Stream Technician Requisition Number: 30051 Location: Boulder, Colorado Employment Type: Research Faculty Schedule: Full-Time Date Posted: 23-Apr-2021 Close All Job Summary The Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) project is encouraging applications for a stream ecology technician for two months during the summer of 2021. The research project involves quantifying stream community structure over an elevational gradient within the Green Lakes Valley at the Niwot Ridge LTER site. The technician will assist with stream fieldwork and the processing of preserved invertebrate samples in the laboratory using microscopy. The successful applicant will gain skills in field survey design, stream field data collection, invertebrate identification, operation of field equipment for water chemistry and flow measurements, and data entry and organization. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We Are As the Universitys oldest institute, lNSTAAR (Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research) has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues. Our traditional focus has been on polar and alpine regions, where effects of global change are especially pronounced. In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales. Research topics vary widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate. The Niwot Ridge LTER is an integrated research project with the goal of understanding ecological processes in high-elevation mountain ecosystems. Mountain ecosystems where high topographic relief means habitat can vary greatly over short distances, and seemingly small changes in temperature will transform snowfall into rain- are among the most vulnerable to climate change. The Niwot Ridge LTER seeks to better understand how climate change leads to ecological change, and we need your help! What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be The technician will assist with stream fieldwork and the processing of preserved invertebrate samples in the laboratory using microscopy. The successful applicant will gain skills in field survey design, stream field data collection, invertebrate identification, operation of field equipment for water chemistry and flow measurements, and data entry and organization. What You Should Know + Fieldwork will occur at the Niwot LTER site west of Boulder, CO and laboratory work will occur at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. + Field sites range in elevation from 9,500 feet at the Mountain Research Station, to over 12,000 feet at some of our higher elevation sites. + The position will run throughout July and August 2021, with full-time (40 hrs a week) employment. What We Can Offer Pay rate is $16.00 per hour. Benefits The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits (olorado.edu/jobs/benefits) , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder (olorado.edu/about) . Be Statements Be Adaptable. Be Adventurous. Be Boulder. What We Require + The ability to hike 5-10 miles during the day at high altitude (10,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation) with a full backpack over rough and changing terrain. + The desire to work as part of a team to achieve goals in challenging conditions (rain, wind, cold temperatures). + Previous background in, or strong interest in learning more about field research; particularly in topics such as alpine ecology, environmental science, hydrology, climate, freshwater ecology. What You Will Need + The ability to work on multiple projects both as part of a team, and independently to achieve goals and solve problems as they arise in the field. + Strong attention to detail + Flexibility to rearrange priorities and expectations as changing weather conditions or resources require. + Demonstrated ability to self-motivate and help keep your team motivated when challenges arise. + The ability to remain organized and focused amidst a variety of tasks, and creatively solve problems in the field as they arise. + The ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workforce. What We Would Like You To Have + Previous fieldwork experience, or strong interest in fieldwork experience. + Knowledge of back country travel and safety practices, or willingness to learn; including CPR, Basic and/or Wilderness First Aid. Special Instructions To apply please submit: + A resume or CV + A brief cover letter indicating your interest in the position and relevant backgroundPlease note that while the position details both required skills as well as desired skills and experience, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. (olorado.edu) Posting Contact Information Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources Posting Contact Email: The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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