Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi is hiring one experienced field and lab technician for a project investigating stream food web ecology and ecosystem processes in South Texas. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and aims to contribute to our understanding of how aridity gradients drive changes in the structure and function of stream ecosystems through direct and indirect effects via both bottom-up and top-down mechanisms. This project is part of a collaboration with Sam Houston State University and University of Florida, who will provide students and expertise to work in conjunction with the field and lab efforts at TAMUCC.
Collection, identification, and measurement of aquatic macroinvertebrate larvae.
Collection and measurement of stream fishes using electrofishing techniques.
Measurement of a variety of stream and riparian habitat characteristics.
Set-up and maintenance of field experiments including caging, litter decomposition, and algae growth.
Organization and maintenance of field equipment (including data sondes, probes, and loggers) and samples.
Gut Content Analysis of aquatic macroinvertebrate larvae and fishes.
Preparation of samples for stable isotope analysis.
Collection, preservation, and preparation of samples of DNA analyses.
Supervising undergraduate technicians.
Coordinating field and laboratory activities for the project.
Participating in field and laboratory work.
Purchasing of project supplies and budget management.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelors degree in related field.
Two (2) years of experience in ecology, stream ecology or related field.
Ability to work under a variety of weather conditions.
Ability to work outside normal working hours and weekends as needed.
Able to work without supervision.
Intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Experience identifying aquatic macroinvertebrate larvae to the genus level.
Strong background in invertebrate identification.
Electrofishing experience, especially in smaller (1st to 3rd order) streams.
Experience with gut content analysis of invertebrates and/or fish.
Experience performing stream sampling for invertebrates and habitat assessment.
Experience using and maintaining data loggers, sondes, and probes.
Experience working with and managing a team.
Experience with database management and data QA/QC.
This position is grant-funded. Continued employment is contingent upon continued funding.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution's verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution's procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is a vibrant, Hispanic Serving Doctoral Research Institution that proudly provides a solid academic reputation, renowned faculty and highly-rated degree programs since 1947. The University has a heritage of teaching excellence with innovation in research and community engagement as part of the distinguished Texas A&M System. With palm tree-lined pathways throughout the campus, nearby natural wetlands, a scenic hike-and-bike trail and a university beach, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is the only university in the nation located on its own island, at the heart of the Texas Gulf Coast.