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Technician

Technician I-19311
Description
Technician I Department of Natural Resources
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Position located Bridgeport New York

Please apply on-line at http://www.ohr.cornell.edu/jobs/ under listing 19311

This full time appointment will provide technical support to a project on Biomonitoring in the Great Lakes funded by the Environmental Protection Agency. The workplace is at the Cornell Biological Field Station located in Bridgeport New York. The mission is to conduct research in fisheries and aquatic ecology and to support the educational, outreach and extension programs of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Cornell University.
Assist with limnological and invertebrate field and laboratory studies in the Great Lakes. Field work includes two months per year on board the EPA research vessel the Lake Guardian or other similar vessels for standard sampling as well as additional field activities associated with intensive sampling year in each of the Great Lakes (one lake per year, Lake Ontario in 2013, up to one month additional time on boats). Perform chemical analyses of field samples including QA/QC. Perform zooplankton analyses strictly adhering to standard operating procedures. Assist in overall laboratory maintenance, including ordering supplies and maintaining stocks, equipment maintenance and maintaining inventory. Assist supervisor in developing reports, papers and publications based on data collected, including preparations of graphics Provide assistance to undergraduate and graduate students for special research projects including zooplankton counts and chemical analyses (nutrients, chlorophyll). Perform basic library and internet searches to support ongoing and future research projects. Provide advice and protocols of specific procedures or standard practices to graduate and undergrads students. Direction and training are provided by the Cornell Office of Occupational & Environmental Health in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license. Driver background check is required.
This is a one year appointment with possible extension depending on funding.

Qualifications
Formal Training beyond a High School Diploma of 6 months to 1 year; less than 6 months related work experience. Must be personable, flexible; possess excellent organizational and communication skills (both written and oral).

Experience working with PC computers, ability to trouble-
shoot and work with large datasets. Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and database management. Personable, motivated and enthusiastic about working in a group environment.

Able to spend two one-month periods on board a research vessel traveling across all five Great Lakes. Must have a valid passport for travel to Canada.

Detail oriented and able to strictly adhere to standard operating procedure. Ability to create an inclusive, high-quality and respectful work environment both in a team setting and independently to achieve departmental and university goals. Ability to change work assignments when needed. Awareness that protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license. Background check will be required. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Ability to work with spreadsheets and databases

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree with experience (through internships) and a strong interest in limnology and aquatic ecology.

Courses in limnology, statistics, invertebrates, and ecology are desirable.