JOB OPPORTUNITY - Michigan Natural Features Inventory

Michigan Natural
Features Inventory
P.O. Box 13036
Lansing, MI
(517) 284-6200
FAX: (517) 373-9566
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Position Title:
Entomology Field Technicians (1-2)
Position Number:
Conservation Scientists
Various locations in southern Michigan.
Salary Range:
$14 – $15 per hour, commensurate with training and
experience. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.
Application Deadline:
April 3, 2015
Term of Employment:
Approximate start date: mid to late-June, 2015.
Approximate end date: mid to late-August, 2015.
Minimum Qualifications:
≥ 2 years study toward B.S. in entomology, zoology,
wildlife biology, or closely related field.
Description of Position and Duties:
The field technician will be responsible for conducting field work in support of two studies
investigating distribution and population sizes of two federally listed butterflies. Habitats
vary from dry upland savannas and prairies to wet, mucky wetlands. The technician will
work closely with the principal investigators to plan field activities, conduct surveys, and
ensure accurate data collection. Duties will include evaluating potential survey sites,
conducting butterfly transect and meander surveys, sampling vegetation and compiling and
entering data into spreadsheets. Field sampling will regularly require long hours under
adverse working conditions (e.g., hot and humid weather, long and difficult hikes in knee
boots in uneven muddy terrain, and biting insects). Work over some holidays and/or
weekends, travel to study sites throughout southern Michigan, and use of personal vehicle
will be required (mileage reimbursed at standard rate). Desired qualifications include the
following: familiarity with Michigan and/or Midwestern butterfly species; experience
conducting butterfly surveys; ability to identify common Michigan plant species; ability to
use and enter data on notebook computers; and capability to navigate via print map,
compass, and GPS or smart device. Applicants must have valid driver’s license and reliable
field vehicle. A willingness to learn and a good sense of humor are essential, and applicants
should be able to work both independently and as part of a team.
Application Procedure:
Send cover letter (directly addressing the above position description), resume, copy of
college transcripts, and contact information for three professional references to Sue Ridge,
Director of Administration, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, P.O. Box 13036, Lansing,
MI 48901. Include position number on all application materials and list the earliest and
latest dates you would be able to work in your cover letter. E-mail applications sent to
[email protected] will be considered. Word or pdf file attachments are preferred; we cannot
be responsible for information in attached files that may be lost or blocked.
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