Research Assistant - T00713

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Posting Information

Posting Number temp hourly158P
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Working Title Research Assistant - T00713
Department Biology
Salary Range $10 - $15/ Hour
Posting Information

Employees will assist with research on the federally endangered dusky gopher frog, Rana sevosa. Duties include:
1. Capturing and caring for gopher frogs and species that interact with gopher frogs (including other amphibians, tortoises, snakes, rodents, fishes, insects, zooplankton, phytoplankton, and plants) in the field and in outdoor and indoor research facilities.
2. Measuring, weighing, marking, and identifying (by species and marking codes) frogs and other experimental animals.
3. Conducting field and laboratory experiments with gopher frogs and other species under the direction of WCU faculty and graduate students.
4. Accurately recording data onto data sheets and subsequently entering the data into computer spread sheets.
5. Constructing and maintaining experimental facilities in the field and laboratory, including field enclosures for frogs, artificial ponds (in cattle watering tanks), aquaria, laboratory cages, and specialized experimental apparatuses.
6. Operating U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, WCU, and private vehicles for travel to research sites.
7. Summarizing research data into tables, figures, and narratives, and conducting statistical analyses of these data.
8. Writing reports and giving oral presentations summarizing research activities, results, and data for use by funding and permitting agencies and other interested parties. Contribute to writing publications on research results for scientific journals.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position

Employees must be able to work independently with minimal supervision at a remote field site in the DeSoto National Forest in southern Mississippi, be extremely meticulous, careful, and responsible, be good with animals, and be willing to work under hot, cold, humid, rainy, or buggy conditions during daytime, nighttime, weekdays, and weekends.

Minimum Qualifications
Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate has at least a B. S. degree in biological sciences and a strong interest and experience in conservation biology, ecology, and herpetology.

Posting Text

Open Date 01/25/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must apply online.


Qualified applicants will be contacted by the department directly if selected for interview.

Please Note: Temporary employees are paid bi-weekly on an hourly basis and do not receive benefits.
Please include a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest, unofficial college transcript, and contact information for three references with your application.


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
  4. List of references
Optional Documents
  1. DD-214

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