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Iowa State University Temporary Laboratory and Field Tech - Natural Resources Ecology Management in Ames, Iowa

Position Title:Temporary Laboratory and Field Tech - Natural Resources Ecology Management

Appointment Type:Professional & Scientific

Job Description:

Seasonal biological technicians are needed to help with Iowa’s Multiple Species Inventory and Monitoring (MSIM) program.

  • Applicants will work as part of a research and monitoring team to collect information on birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, and mussels on public lands throughout Iowa.

  • Specific job duties include (but are not limited to) bird surveys using visual and auditory cues, identifying, handling, and marking small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, maintaining a variety of traps for small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, conducting surveys for and handling butterflies and donates, identifying and measuring plant species, data entry, and assisting with other tasks as needed.

  • Field work for all positions will be conducted throughout the state of Iowa and applicants must have the physical ability to work long hours outdoors, walk long distances, carry field equipment in rough terrain, and wade through water.

Required Qualifications:

  • Qualified applicants must also possess the ability to work independently or as part of a team

  • Strong work ethic

  • Be able to travel overnight for work-related duties

  • Be able to work during diverse weather conditions and on weekends, holidays, nights, and evenings as required

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old

  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preferred qualifications include possessing a B.S. degree in wildlife ecology, biology or a related field,

  • Experience with at least one taxonomic group (mammals, birds, herptiles, fish, mussels, donates, butterflies, or plants) and/or at least one year of equivalent research experience

Proposed Start Date:March 1, 2024

Number of Months Employed Per Year:

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:P&S Temporary

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum VitaeIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: December 14, 2023

Posting Close Date:

Job Requisition Number:R13656

By focusing on the future and providing the best student experience possible, Iowa State attracts students and faculty who want to make a difference. With a comprehensive land-grant mission of education, research, extension and outreach, we produce scholars whose ideas change the world. And through Innovate at Iowa State , we provide innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities for students of all backgrounds. Located just 30 minutes north of Des Moines, the city of Ames was recently named one of the Top 10 cities in the U.S. for campus life and career opportunities.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University's Principles of Community. (

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Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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