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Research Support Technician

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

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Working Title:

Research Support Technician

Position Number:



AAH Coastal Studies Institute

Department Homepage:

Advertising Department:



Academic Affairs

Competency Level:

2 - Journey

Number of Vacancies:


Full Time Equivalent (FTE):


Hourly Salary Rate/Range:

$11.84 - $19.51

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Position Location (City):


Position Type:

Temporary Staff

Job Category:

Staff - Technical/Trade

Primary Function of Organizational Unit:

Led by East Carolina University, the Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-institutional research and educational partnership of the UNC System including North Carolina State University, UNC Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington and Elizabeth City State University. The Coastal Studies Institute, located on the ECU Outer Banks Campus, focuses on integrated coastal research and education programming centered around the needs, issues, and concerns of coastal North Carolinians by bringing together the interdisciplinary teams. Specific research expertise of CSI span a variety of coastal disciplines including coastal dynamics, ecology, biology, economics, environmental geography, social and behavioral sciences, and engineering. CSI uses an interdisciplinary approach and scientific advances to provide effective solutions to complex problems while helping coastal communities, ecosystems, and economies thrive.Coastal Studies Institute is a multi-university, collaborative institute dedicated to understanding and improving the coastal environment and it’s communities through integrative, location-based research, education and community engagement. The programs of the institute are as follows: Estuarine Ecology & Human Health; Coastal Engineering & Ocean Energy; Coastal Processes; Public Policy and Coastal Sustainability’ Maritime Heritage and Public Education and Outreach.

Job Duties :

Full Time Temporary Position located at the ECU/Outer Banks Campus (Wanchese, NC)
Research Support Technician to Operate and maintain assigned equipment and tools; performs inspections to ensure safe operating conditions; performs routine repairs and/or replacement of parts; cleans and performs preventative maintenance; and monitors need for replacement or advanced repairs. Prioritizes and responds to research requests and addresses issues or maintenance needs; reviews operational issues and/or parts requirements; performs troubleshooting of equipment issues. Ability to identify problems, determine possible solutions, and actively work to resolve the issues. Plans, monitors and reviews inventory, resources and materials needs; initiates orders for resources based on requirements; may work with contract workers and trade specialists by scheduling and coordinating repairs and maintenance services. Strict adherence to safety quality standards, good housekeeping habits, critical thinking/reading comprehension. Understand and perform preparation of research support equipment/vessels/vehicles before field work and assist in setting up preventive maintenance work and inspections. Maintains activity logs, records, request for vessels and related reports. Performs other duties of a similar nature and level as assigned.

Additional Information Knowledge of: Standard practices, methods, and materials of assigned work; Basic mathematical concepts; filing and record-keeping principles; Occupational hazards and applicable safety principles and practices; Uses and properties of supplies and equipment; Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment); Customer service principles; Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment and office technology.

Skill In: Following directions and meeting standards; Providing attention to detail in assignments; Performing routine inspections to ensure safe operating conditions; Monitoring and maintaining required supplies, materials, and inventory; Performing basic math calculations; Comprehending reference books and manuals; Operating assigned tools and equipment; Organizing and maintaining records and files; Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications; Communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Minimum Education/Experience:

High school diploma or equivalency; or demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

USCG Captains license (6-pack or higher); experience working on and maintaining boats and watercraft; previous marina experience (trailering and driving boats and watercraft). Forklift certification.

License or Certification Required by the Department:

A valid NC Drivers License.

Special Instructions to Applicant:

* Please ensure your full range of knowledge, skills, abilities, experience and education are listed on your application. Do not write ‘see resume’ on your application when completing the job duties section. * If you answer the questions at the end of the application, please ensure your application reflects the knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences to support your answers (see job duties section of previous employment). * Failure to answer the questions at the end of the application will not preclude your application from being considered but may result in your application not receiving full consideration of your knowledge, skills, and abilities. * All applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on the closing date indicated.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or [email protected].

Eligibility for Employment:

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information:

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to [email protected] Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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