Laboratory & Field Research Specialist

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Present Position Number 00219V Role Code Title Laboratory & Research Spec II Position Title Laboratory & Field Research Specialist Position Summary

The Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS), located in Gloucester Point, VA invites qualified applicants to apply for the Laboratory & Field Research Specialist.

The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (CBNERRVA or Reserve) provides scientific expertise and technical leadership to further the VIMS and CBNERRVA objectives of research, advisory services and education in the field of marine and coastal science.

Laboratory & Field Research Specialist supports CBNERRVA and Biological Sciences in marine science research. Work will focus on monitoring water quality in the shallow water littoral zone as well as other field studies in marsh and seagrass habitats.

Responsibilities include:

  • Engineer new instrumental monitoring systems.
  • Collect field data. Perform laboratory studies (complete laboratory analysis, data entry/management).
  • Maintain equipment and materials; chief individual responsible for calibration and trouble-shooting of water quality instrumentation.
Required Qualifications

EDUCATION:
Bachelor’s degree in marine science, environmental science, biological science, resource management or a related field or the equivalent combination of education, training and or experience.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Valid Driver’s license.
  • Certificate of successful completion of a Coast Guard endorsed boating safety course (or achieved within 90 days of employment).
  • CPR/First Aid certification (or achieved within 90 days of employment).

COMPETENCIES:

  • Knowledge of marine science and research procedures, with the ability to perform field sampling and laboratory techniques.
  • Knowledge of water monitoring and the ability to use multi-parameter water quality data sondes, water sampling devices, GPS, weather monitoring equipment, and power tools.
  • Familiarity with boat handling and trailering.
  • Effective problem solving skills with the ability to troubleshoot failing instrumentation and equipment as well as modifying instrumentation for specific needs.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills with the ability to work as an effective team member.
  • Proficiency with a variety of software applications, to include MS Office, with the ability to update and maintain a database.
  • Must be comfortable working in and around the water and swimming in shallow areas. Ability to engage in strenuous work, tolerate inclement weather conditions and resist motion sickness, while successfully performing assigned responsibilities.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Technical experience with a variety of instrumentation including multi-parameter water quality data sondes, water sampling devices, GPS, weather monitoring equipment, and power tools.
  • Experience performing sampling and field studies.
  • Familiarity with VA waters
Preferred Qualifications

CERTIFICATION:

  • Scuba Certification is desirable.
  • United States Coast Guard Captain’s License is a plus.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Strong skills in boat handling and trailering is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of Chesapeake Bay and related environmental issues.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to analyze and interpret environmental data is desirable.
  • Demonstrated mechanical skills.
  • Strong technical writing skills is a plus.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Multi-year involvement in environmental monitoring and field-oriented studies.
  • Multi-year experience in operating trailerable vessels is highly desirable.
Advertised Pay Range Up to $42,000, commensurate with experience. Department CBNERRVA - 151100 Location VIMS - Gloucester University Salary Range

U06 Job Open Date 02/08/2019 Review Begin Date 02/22/2019 Job Close Date Open Until Filled No Employment Category Operational FT Position Term 12-Month Special Application Instructions Conditions of Employment:
  • This is a non-exempt position, eligible to receive over time in accordance with Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), preapproved by supervisor.
  • This position is subject to over time, to include occasional over night and weekend work as needed.
  • Valid driver’s license must be maintained at all times.
  • The willingness and ability to operate a state/VIMS vehicle to drive between field site locations and, trailer vessels.
  • Successful completion Coast Guard endorse boating safety course and CPR/First Aid Certification within 90 days upon hire.
  • Must be comfortable working in and around the water and swimming in shallow areas. Ability to engage in strenuous work, tolerate inclement weather conditions and resist motion sickness, while successfully performing assigned responsibilities.
EEO Statement

William & Mary and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science values diversity and invites applications from underrepresented groups who will enrich the research, teaching and service missions of the university. The university is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Background Check Statement

William & Mary is committed to providing a safe campus community. W&M conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Supplemental Question

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Supplemental Documents Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Other Doc
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Posted: 2/11/2019
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