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Available Position(s)

Position:  Reforestation Field Technician

Location:  Flight 93 Memorial, Somerset County

The IUP Research Institute is seeking a full-time, temporary field technician who will be responsible for establishing permanent field plots and collecting growth data for reforestation sites for a federally funded grant project.

The planting sites will be located at the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The sites are recently planted (1-4 years ago) reclaimed surface mine fields. Most duties associated with this position will be performed in the field. Specifically, technicians will map planting site boundaries using GPS units, establish permanent plot locations within each of four planting sites, and collect field data (survival, growth, competing vegetation) for each plot, and digitally enter data into final spreadsheets. Technicians are expected learn proper use of GPS and field sampling equipment, identification of woody plants selected to reforest site, and use appropriate methodology to collect field data, and use of Microsoft Excel which will be used to submit digital data to the project supervisor at the end of each week.

This position is funded at a gross wage of $8.00 per hour, averaging 40 hours per week with no benefits.  Transportation from IUP to the project site will be provided.  The project is for 13 weeks and will begin in May.  The IUP Research Institute will employ the field technician and day-to day activities will be determined by the Project Supervisor. 

Qualifications:  Candidate must be working toward or recently completed a B.S. degree in Biology or closely related field. Preference will be given to IUP Biology students with a concentration in Ecology and Conservation. Applicants must be physically able to complete work tasks that require physical mobility in a forested setting, have a Valid Driver’s license, and be willing to work in outdoor, summertime field conditions regardless of weather.

Please send a 1-page cover letter stating how this job will help meet your career goals, resume, and contact information for 3 references to  Please address the cover letter to Dr. Michael Tyree, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Please put “Flight 93 Reforestation Project” in the subject line. Review will begin April 15, 2015 and continue until suitable candidates are found. No phone calls please.

The IUP Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer.


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