Employment Opportunity: Ecosystem Ecology Technician

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Position Description

Stroud Water Research Center invites applications for a full-time research technician with expertise in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will work as part of the Ecosystem Ecology Group investigating nutrient cycling, energy flow, and biological communities in freshwater ecosystems and assist in the day-to-day functioning of the Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory.

Job Responsibilities

The employee will be responsible for completing general duties and responsibilities of the Ecosystem Ecology Laboratory with principal investigator supervision. Regular laboratory work will involve processing and analyzing water, soil, and air samples for dissolved and particulate elements and compounds, stable isotopes, greenhouse gases, and organic components. Periodic field work will involve: 1) data collection from streams, rivers, and wetlands; 2) participation in research using indoor and outdoor experimental facilities at the Stroud Center; 3) maintenance of water quality sensors and water monitoring equipment. The successful candidate will also be expected to enter and manage data for the Ecosystem Ecology Group with supervision.

Job Requirements

The ability to work both independently and as a productive team member is essential. Previous laboratory experience and training in analytical chemistry (standard colorimetric methods) are preferred, but not required. Field experience in streams and rivers including water quality and biological sampling, stable isotopes, solute releases in streams, discharge estimation, and molecular/genetic analysis is also preferred. Basic knowledge of numeracy skills and statistics are required.

A completed B.S. degree or five-year experience in biology, chemistry, ecology, environmental sciences or related discipline is expected by the time of appointment. The initial term of employment will be for two years, with possible extension based on performance and contingent upon funding.

Application Process

The preferred starting date is November 1st, 2018, but some flexibility is possible. Applications will be reviewed immediately until October 20th, 2018 in anticipation of starting the position on or about November 1st, 2018. To apply, use the form on this page and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT (do not send multiple attachments). The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF). Review of applications will begin upon receipt of material as requested.

Salary and Benefits

Stroud Water Research Center will provide a competitive salary based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. This is a full-time position including a comprehensive employee benefit plan.


Please upload as a SINGLE ATTACHMENT a cover letter, curriculum vitae/resume, and the names and contact details for three professional references. The name of the attached file should start with the applicant’s last name in the file name (e.g., LASTNAME_RESUME.PDF).

About Stroud Water Research Center

Stroud Water Research Center seeks to advance knowledge and stewardship of fresh water through global research, education, and watershed restoration and to help businesses, landowners, policymakers, and individuals make informed decisions that affect water quality and availability around the world. Since its creation in 1967, teams of scientists have conducted pioneering research on streams and rivers locally, regionally, and throughout the world. Today, the Stroud Center’s research team blends its talents in chemistry, microbiology, aquatic entomology (insects and other invertebrates), ichthyology (fish), hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, and ecosystem modeling in collaborative studies of the physical, chemical, and biological processes of streams and rivers. The Stroud Center’s education staff helps to interpret our research findings and builds education programs about freshwater ecology, management, and stewardship for a wide audience. The Stroud Center’s Watershed Restoration Group develops and implements watershed restoration programs that connect landowners, stakeholders, and the general public with best management practices for conserving, restoring, and protecting watersheds. While we work in watersheds all over the world, most of our ideas are generated and pilot tested at the Stroud Center’s main campus in the White Clay Creek experimental watershed where the Stroud Center has a 50-year research and monitoring record within a unique facility that includes indoor “wet” labs and streamside flumes fed by flowing water pumped in from the creek on our property. In 2012, the Stroud Center expanded its campus to 50 acres and constructed a LEED Platinum-certified building for education and public outreach, the Moorhead Environmental Complex. Learn more

Stroud Water Research Center is an independent, non-advocacy 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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