Biological Field Technician

UTAH GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
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Crew Leader/Botanist and Wetlands Technician
Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, Utah
$15-17/hr (Botanist), $14/hr (Technician)
April 20, 2015 (April 13 for full consideration)
Early June - end of September, possible extension depending on
funding
Position Description: The Utah Geological Surveys seeks to hire two employees for summer field work assessing
condition in Utah wetlands. One technician will serve as the crew leader and must have experience with botany
and use of dichotomous keys. The other technician will be trained to collect soil pit data. The position is based out
of Salt Lake City and will require extended work days and occasional overnight stays at field sites. Work days will
typically consist of four 10-hour days in a week, but other schedules may sometimes be required. The job may also
entail occasional office work such as data entry, making site maps in ArcGIS, and processing and identifying plant
specimens in the office or at herbaria.
Qualifications:
 Completion of at least three years of education towards a bachelor’s degree in ecology, biology, wetland science,
botany, wildlife biology, or other related field
 Knowledge of data collection procedures and ability to collect data with attention to detail
 Ability to perform field duties outdoors in conditions that may include exposure to rugged terrain, hot or cold
weather, and mosquitoes all while maintaining a strong commitment to team safety and a positive attitude
 Willingness and ability to work long hours and unusual schedules (up to 8 consecutive days); travel extensively
during field season; camp or share rustic quarters; hike moderate distances through occasionally rough terrain.
 Experience in describing soil profiles and/or hydric soil indicators, or willingness to learn
 Experience with simple map making in ArcGIS, or willingness to learn
 Applicants for the botany position must have experience using a dichotomous key and either two or more seasons of
field experience in positions requiring identification of plant species or one field season requiring identification of
plant species and one plant identification course
To apply, submit resume, cover letter, and three references (with phone numbers), to Diane Menuz,
Wetland Ecologist, at the Utah Geological Survey, [email protected] Please indicate your available start
date and the title of the position you are applying for. You may direct all questions to this email.
Applications will be accepted through April 20, but initial review of applications will begin April 13, 2015;
submit applications by this date for full consideration.