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Research Technician I - Gulf Sturgeon

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Research Technician I - Gulf Sturgeon.

Position Details LocationGulf Coast Research Laboratory

703 East Beach Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi, 39564
United States DivisionCoastal Sciences Position TypeStaff Employment StatusFull Time Grant FundedYes Salary Range12.00 - 13.95 Posting Close DateOpen Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
When applying to this position please provide a current CV, a cover letter outlining your qualifications and interest in this position, and the contact information for three references.

Job Summary
The primaryduties of the Research Technician are to support a field and laboratory based projectfocused on Gulf Sturgeon in the Pearl and Pascagoula rivers, includingassisting with side scan sonar mapping of riverine habitats, maintenance ofpassive acoustic telemetry arrays, capture and tagging of Gulf Sturgeon, andprocessing of fin spine and ray samples for age determination. Duties willinclude a combination of field work, laboratory sample processing, data curationand analysis, and report preparation. Portions of the field work will requireovernight stays for multiple days; working under the difficult weatherconditions often found in the southeastern US; and troubleshooting equipment atremote locations. This project will require working closely with anothertechnician, collaborators from USFWS, state agencies, and other academic partnersboth within and outside USM.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

- Assist with side scan sonar data collection, including: the use of GPS and sonar equipment; equipment maintenance and repair; tailoring, launching, and piloting small boats; and ensuring data collected is of high quality.

- Help deploy, maintain, and service a passive acoustic telemetry array, including preparing the equipment.

- Participate in sturgeon tagging surveys including: fish capture methods by gill net; obtaining length and weight data and samples from individual fish; and use of a variety of tagging methods.

- Assist with data entry and QA/QC of data.

- Prepare and read age samples for Gulf Sturgeon.

- Assist with otherongoing field and laboratory projects, and performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications A B.S. in anapplicable field (e.g., Biology, Ecology, Wildlife and Fisheries). Must possess a valid driver's license. Mustbe a proficient swimmer and comfortable working outdoors.

Knowledge, Skills & AbilitiesAbility to be flexible.
A logical and independent mind.
Meticulous attention to detail and accuracy.
Patience and determination.
Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate with a diverse group of individuals.

Preferred Qualifications Preferred qualifications include experience operating small, motorizedwatercraft; experience with gill net surveys; experience conductingfield research; and experience with acoustic telemetry.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, at teaching and research sites in central and southern Mississippi, as well as online. Founded in 1910, USM is one of only 130 universities in the nation to earn the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education's "R1: Doctoral Universities - Very high research activity" designation, and its robust research enterprise includes experts in ocean science and engineering, polymer science and engineering, and sport venue safety and security, among others. USM is also one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music. As an economic driver, USM generates an annual economic impact of more than $600 million across the state. USM welcomes a diverse student body of approximately 15,000, representing 71 countries, all 50 states, and every county in Mississippi. USM students have collected four Truman Scholarships and 36 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, while also leading Mississippi with 24 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Home to the Golden Eagles, USM competes in 17 Division I sports sponsored by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For more information, visit

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.

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