The Veblen Lab at Utah State University is hiring 2 seasonal technicians to assist with field work on exciting research projects, focused on restoration in rangeland ecosystems throughout Utah. The technicians will work closely with graduate students and get hands-on experience with plant ecology and soil science field sampling techniques. Work schedules will be variable, depending on work needs; the primary schedule will be in 8 days on hitch and 6 days off, including some 10+ hour work days. While on hitch, tent camping is the primary overnight accommodation. Technicians will need to provide a tent and sleeping equipment; kitchen equipment will be provided.
Technicians will be expected to do a variety of tasks including, but not limited to: literature reviews, data entry and processing, identification of grasses, forbs, and shrubs to species level, planting seedlings, vegetation measurements, and digging holes. Expect to deal with wide-ranging climatic conditions, intense sun, and long days in the field. Applicants must work well in a team and will be expected to work with Veblen Lab members and state and federal collaborators.
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The S. J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources is nationally and internationally recognized for its research, extension, and teaching on natural and socio-environmental ecosystems. It is a high-impact college at Utah State University with almost $11M in research funding annually, 61 tenure-track faculty in three departments, and close partnerships with federal and state natural resource agencies.
The Department of Wildland Resources in QCNR encompasses research in applied terrestrial ecology, including the ecology and management of wildlife, forests, rangelands, conservation biology, and climate change adaptation. Award-winning faculty teach courses that prepare students for professional careers in many natural resources fields, including programs accredited by the Society of American Foresters and the Society for Range Management and aligned with the Society of Ecological Restoration.
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