We are hiring two technicians to measure buckthorn performance in a suite of field experiments funded through the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center. The experiments, established in spring 2016 and 2017 following large scale buckthorn removals, ask how to use native plant species to improve restoration and recovery of buckthorn-invaded woodlands and forests. The primary duties of the technicians will be to re-survey the abundance of buckthorn in permanent transects through large plots seeded with diverse native herbs, as well as survey and harvest flagged buckthorn seedlings in plantings of native herbs, shrubs and trees, to ask how these plantings affect buckthorn regeneration. This work will be in mainly in September 2017, under the supervision of post-doctoral researchers.
Dates: (with some flexibility) September 1 – September 30, 2017. Please contact us (email@example.com) if interested but available for only part of this time. Pay: $15.00 per hour, depending on experience and qualifications. Hours: 30-40 hours per week; negotiable work days & hours
Applicants must be willing to work with plants in a wide range of field conditions across the Twin Cities. This includes working under varied weather conditions and on steep terrain. Because work will be performed at multiple sites, up to 34 miles from the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus, applicants must have access to reliable transportation or be willing to use public transportation to reach carpooling points. Applicants also need to be dependable, highly motivated, flexible, comfortable communicating verbally and in writing, skilled in working across differences in a team, and have a good work ethic. Proficiency in Microsoft Office / Google Docs is required for data management.
Preferred Qualifications: - Interest in biology, ecology, forestry, or environmental science - Great communication, team work, and organizational skills - Attention to detail in repetitive work and diligent adherence to standardized protocols - Previous work experience - Plant identification skills (preferred but not required)
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