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Pennsylvania State University Ecological Research Assistant in Monaca, Pennsylvania

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JOB DESCRIPTION AND POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

Submit Applications by September 1, 2021 to Ensure Full Consideration.

Research: Dr. Autumn Sabo, Penn State Beaver Biology Professor evaluates what factors determine the composition of forest plant communities. This fall (and potentially into spring), the part-time research assistant will contribute to an experiment to test how above- and belowground woody plant competition affects wildflowers. Most of the research assistant’s work will be lab-based, processing previously collected samples and data, although he/she may have opportunities to conduct fieldwork.

Duration and Compensation: The part-time research assistant position includes 65-125 hours total throughout the fall, with the possibility for part-time work or independent research for credit extending into the spring semester. Students must be willing to work at least 5 hours per week, beginning in September through at least December 10. The position pays $9.50/hour.

Expectations: The part-time research assistant position will be mentally challenging as it involves detail-oriented tasks that need to be carefully executed.

Qualified candidates will have an interest or background in forest ecology, natural resource management, field biology and/or environmental science. Work will include mostly independent tasks but may also involve some teamwork with Dr. Sabo and others, so the candidate should be comfortable with both. Enthusiasm for the outdoors, a positive and easygoing attitude, dependability and promptness are all job requirements. Species identification skills, and experience with scientific instrumentation, Excel spreadsheets and construction tools are advantages.

Reliable transportation to Penn State Beaver is necessary.

Work will be primarily indoors at Penn State Beaver but some on-campus fieldwork will also be requested.

Duties will include (but are not limited to) sorting root samples, assisting with the installation of deer exclusion fences and entering, checking and processing previously collected data in Excel.

Apply Electronically in Workday: Include your resume, contact information for three references, and a brief letter of interest addressed to Dr. Autumn Sabo, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Penn State Beaver, 100 University Drive, Monaca, PA 15061. Complete applications should be submitted by Wednesday, September 1, 2021 to ensure full consideration. Later submissions may be reviewed, as needs direct.

Preference will be given to Penn State Beaver students in the biology major but interested students from other fields of study are also encouraged to apply. Contact Dr. Sabo at axs182@psu.edu with questions.

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