Extension Program Worker

Job description

Job no: 693635
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 00
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Natural Features Inventory Msue 10058661
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: $14.00 per hour
Location: In State, Ingham
Categories: Temporary, Research/Scientific
Position Summary(Basic Job Function)


In alignment with the mission, programs and initiatives of MSU Extension, delivers research-based information to program participants through various methods and/or provides support and coordination of MSU Extension programs.

Unit Position Summary

Michigan Natural Features Inventory is hiring up to 8 field technicians will be hired to conduct field work in support of various MNFI research, monitoring, and inventory projects. Working closely with the principal investigators, technicians will plan field activities, conduct surveys, and ensure accurate data collection.

Duties will include:

  • Evaluating potential sampling sites; conducting amphibian and reptile surveys; handling, measuring, and marking animals; collecting blood and/or tissue samples; sampling vegetation and habitat characteristics; cleaning and maintaining equipment; processing specimens; and entering and compiling data in the field/office.
  • Technicians will focus primarily on surveys for rare amphibians and reptiles, with target group/species depending on position and projects, but will include surveys for Blanding’s turtles, wood turtles, and/or eastern massasaugas.
  • Field sampling will regularly require long hours and flexible work schedules under adverse working conditions (e.g., hot and humid weather, long and difficult hikes in wetlands, and biting insects).
  • Work over some holidays and/or weekends, travel to study sites throughout Michigan, and the use of a personal vehicle will be required (mileage reimbursed at standard rate).
Desired Qualifications
  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
  • Familiarity with Michigan and/or Midwestern ecosystems;
  • Experience conducting reptile and/or amphibian surveys;
  • Ability to identify common Michigan plant species;
  • Capability to navigate via map, compass, and GPS.
  • Reliable transportation
  • Comfortable working alone in remote locations and potentially using watercrafts (kayaks, canoes, small boats).
  • A willingness to learn and ability to work both independently and as part of a team and communicate effectively with diverse professional and public partners and stakeholders.
Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume, Cover Letter, 3 professional references.

Work Hours

Field sampling will regularly require long hours and flexible work schedules

Advertised: Feb 17, 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Mar 10, 2021 Eastern Standard Time




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Job No:
Posted: 2/18/2021
Application Due: 3/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time