Summer Research Aide

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Sponsoring College, Department, School or Center: 
College of Integrative Sciences and Arts (CISA)
Faculty Name: 
Heather Bateman
Preferred Skills or Majors: 

Desired Qualifications
- Experience with technical fieldwork in forestry, wildlife, or other areas of natural resources.
- Current undergraduate student in biology, ecology, wildlife, or related fields with knowledge of wildlife or natural resource research and survey techniques.
- Experience handling reptiles and amphibians.
- Experience working in remote field conditions.
- Experience working independently.
- Effective communication skills.

Closing Date: 
March 1, 2021
Location or Campus: 
Where: Central Arizona along the Mogollon Rim in a variety of streams Working Environment - The incumbent should be prepared for difficult field conditions (hot temperatures, aquatic hiking, thick vegetation, long hours in the field, etc.). - Wear personal protective clothing including work gloves, closed-toe boots, and long pants/sleeves. - After the initial training period, Undergraduate Research Aide will assist grad students and will work independently. - The Undergraduate Research Aide will record data on data sheets and mobile devices, work with Microsoft Office products, GPS units, and be able to lift 30 lbs. - All in-person interactions and fieldwork will follow COVID-19 guidelines for safe and effective work. - Face coverings will be worn and social distancing measures will be taken to provide a safe working environment.
Hours Per Week: 
10 to 25 hours per week from April 1 to Aug 15.

Desired Academic Year: 
Project Description: 

The College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, Math and Science Department at ASU’s Polytechnic campus is seeking an undergraduate student with a background in biology, ecology, or related-field to assist with faculty and graduate student research. The research includes documenting the Arizona toad within the Mogollon Rim portion of its Arizona range. The project is funded through the Arizona Game and Fish Department Heritage Grant Program and awarded to the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at ASU Polytechnic campus.

The Research Aide will assist with an ecology research project on the status of the Arizona toad throughout Arizona. The ideal candidate will perform field data collection, measurements on animals, data entry and proofing, and must exhibit good judgment to work independently in remote areas. Be prepared for difficult field conditions (hot temperatures, aquatic hiking, long hours, etc.).

The successful candidate must be available to work the following hours mostly during summer and as needed May-Sept: 10 to 25 hours per week from April 1 to Aug 15.

This position is a great opportunity for an undergraduate to gain valuable experience collecting field data and participate in important research!

Essential Duties:
- Handle, measure, and identify amphibians and reptiles (namely Arizona toad).
- Likely to encounter venomous species.
- Navigate habitat and vegetation in riparian corridors.
- Responsible for equipment management and cleaning.
- Operate a handheld GPS unit and Android tablet.
- Perform long hours of strenuous work under difficult environmental conditions.
- Must exhibit good judgment and ability to work independently in remote areas.
- Write clearly and take comprehensive notes on data sheets/mobile devices.
- Data entry and data proofing in spreadsheet software.
- Complete all ASU training.
- Other duties as assigned.

Application Instructions and Contact Info: 

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Job ID: 65915BR