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Field and Lab Assistant
Job Category:   (Unused Position Category 113)
Unit:   F100-Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Position Code:   TSNR8780A
Status:   Closed
Number of positions open:   2
Hours per week:   up to 40 (summer only)
Closing Date:   04/05/2019
Salary:   13.27
Location:   Campus Site

The Blois Paleoecology Lab at UC Merced (www.jessicablois.com) uses a variety of approaches to understand the relationship between species, communities, and the environment, focusing on the last several thousand years of Earth history. This summer, we are initiating new fossil excavations in Sequoia National Park in order to investigate the genetic, population, and community responses of small mammals to environmental change.

For this field- and lab-based project, a student assistant will help Dr. Jessica Blois with cave excavations and fossil identification. Part of the time will be spent excavating fossil deposits, part of the work will involve sieving through sediments and bones in/near a river, and part of the work will involve sorting through bones back in the lab. The outdoor work will involve difficult field conditions, including hiking up and down steep slopes, crawling through and spending time in caves, carrying gear to and from the caves, and working outdoors in hot conditions. We anticipate spending most of May-June in the field, and most of July-August back in the lab at UC Merced.

Housing, meals, and transportation within the site (and between Merced, CA and the Park if necessary) will be provided. The salary for the position is $13.27. Approximate dates are May 20th to August 16th, 2019. The position is supervised by Dr. Jessica Blois.

Qualifications:   B.S. in progress, with a major in Biology (preferably with a Ecology and evolutionary biology emphasis), Earth Systems Science, or related fields.

Ability to work outdoors in field conditions (i.e., may experience heat, rain, steep slopes, dirt and dust, etc).

Ability to work in dark, confined spaces (the cave sites involve crawling to get into them, but once in the cave, workers are able to walk around freely).

Ability to carry a pack with moderate weight while hiking to/from sites (up to 25-50 lbs).
To Apply:   Apply on-line

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

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    The University of California at Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.
For more information:   Contact: Jessica Blois at jblois@ucmerced.edu

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