Ecology Technician position available at Tyson Research Center

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This is a full-time position that works on a temporary basis of up to six months. The position is scheduled to begin between April 1 and May 18, 2020. This position is in the Department of Biology.  This position is located at the Tyson Research Center in Eureka, Missouri.

The Myers lab at Washington University in St. Louis ( seeks one seasonal field technician to participate in two large-scale research projects at Washington University’s Tyson Research Center ( 1) A 35-year study of forest diversity and dynamics in a large-scale temperate forest plot that is part of the Smithsonian ForestGEO global network of forest-research plots (; and 2) A landscape-scale experiment investigating the importance of plant functional traits in determining responses of plant diversity to environmental change (prescribed fire & soil-resource availability) and natural enemies (seed predators & herbivores). The technicians will conduct plant-ecology research in the field and laboratory and work closely with Jonathan Myers on tasks, including data collection, data entry, project maintenance, and mentoring of undergraduate and high school students.

Primary Duties:

  1. Work collaboratively with a research team on two large-scale, forest-ecology projects at Tyson Research Center. Field tasks include:
  • Identifying, tagging, mapping, and measuring growth and mortality of seedlings and trees.
  • Conducting surveys of plant species composition and functional traits across environmental gradients.
  • Collecting seeds from seed traps and implementing seed-addition experiments.
  • Measuring environmental variables.
  • Maintaining permanent field plots, mammal exclosures, and seed traps.
  • Assisting with the mentoring and supervision of undergraduate students and high school students in field and lab research.
  1. Enter data using Microsoft Excel
  2. Perform laboratory work including:
  • Seed sorting, identification, and viability tests.
  • Measurement of plant functional traits.
  • Soil analyses.
  • General laboratory maintenance and cleaning.
  1. Assist with other field or shade house experiments at the Tyson Research Center.
  2. Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field (e.g. biology, ecology, forestry).
  • Experience in field research.
  • Excellent teamwork skills.
  • Proficiency with data entry using Microsoft Excel.
  • Enthusiasm to learn new concepts and field and laboratory skills.
  • Missouri Class E Drivers License.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong interest in ecology.
  • Experience working in a field team.
  • Experience with plant identification, especially in temperate forests.
  • Experience mentoring undergraduate students in research.
  • Experience conducting independent research.

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